HBO has "Game of Thrones." The Illinois Republican Party has "Game of Musical Chairs." Somehow that doesn't measure up. Both can be violent, bloody and very entertaining.
Jack Dorgan assumed the Chairmanship of the party in June of 2013. Dorgan's selection by the State Central Committee was not without controversy. Dorgan replaced Pat Brady, whose resignation was demanded by 8 members of the central committee after he came out in favor of same sex marriage six months after the disastrous November 2012 election. No one demanded his resignation over party performance during the election. Those demanding his resignation at the time claimed his position on same sex marriage but was one of many factors leading to demands for his resignation.
Almost no one bought that political spin.
The whole thing turned into a huge public soap opera that further damaged the recent Illinois Republican political brand.
During this all this drama, Dorgan was elected. Several political vampires were indignant over his election. The same vampires who were equally indignant over Brady, Andrew McKenna and Judy Baar Topinka. I've written about political vampires and political vampire groups in the past, and not in a complimentary way. Political vampires are not interested in Republicans winning elections. They need the party to remain broken so they can thrive and prosper.
Republicans winning elections becomes harmful to political vampires, like sunshine, silver or wooden stakes, and reduces their visibility, relevance and dries up their fundraising appeals. I call them political vampires because they prey on Republican donors for funding, then turn around and attack the Republican Party.
Such vampires are doomed and out of business should the Illinois Republican Party actually fix itself.
Well, under Dorgan's watch, the party began the process of fixing itself. His low profile silenced the vampires. They stopped shouting but continued grumbling. Taking a half dead political organization and bringing it back to life was a tremendous achievement, worthy of reelection.
Worthy, but not meant to be. Dorgan announced after the deadline to filing for reelection, that he would not seek a new term, and would remain an elected State Central Committeeman. Rumors are flying that he was pushed or eased out. Let's hope not...