Instead of complaining about consistently being ignored by the Illinois Republican Party, conservatives have a chance this week to let the party leadership know how many of them there are and whom they prefer as their 2012 presidential nominee.
The state party is holding its first-ever presidential straw poll and the nation’s first online preferential tally through Saturday evening.
Over the years, Illinois hasn’t had much influence on the Republican presidential nominee as Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina have. By the time our primary rolls around, the die’s usually been cast and the choice made. This year, the state party’s trying something innovative that will prove to be either ingenious or disastrous.
The rest of today's column and my rationale is HERE.