Tom Roeser's column here explains how Ray LaHood's gubernatorial campaign won't be a repeat of George Ryan's 1998 run, when he wooed lakefront liberals into the Republican camp, with an attitude of openness to civil rights for homosexuals, gun control and increased public investment.
Ray LaHood said that he would have vetoed the historic civil rights for homosexuals bill (what was SB 101) that Governor Blagojevich signed on Friday.
That puts him on the wrong side of history, and probably on the wrong side of ever-more of the suburbs.
And it means the lakefront will not be at all tempted to join up with LaHood. Tom Roeser might like that, but he's living in the capitol of Blue America now, and his opinion is a minority one.