From the looks of the keynote speaker at the Republicans' sixth annual fall dinner last night at Midlane Country Club in Waukegan, the party is conceding Lake County is no longer rock-solid GOPland.
That's got to be the only reason the Lake County Republican Federation, the fund-raising arm of the party, landed Michael Steele, chair of GOPAC, a political action committee dedicated to electing Republican to state and local offices.
Jeez, party faithful, where's at least one Republican presidential hopeful? Maybe Mike Huckabee? How about Sam Brownback, who, while no longer a candidate, still is considered a national GOP leader?
Lake County has moved from a one-party county to a two-party county. Democrats make in roads every election cycle and next year may be no different. There's three Democratic state senators from the county. Will Dems go for a quartet with veteran Republican incumbent Bill Peterson retiring in the 26th District? National congressional Democrats are already eyeing Republican incumbent Mark Kirk's seat for a fitting, to go along with Democratic Congresswoman Melissa Bean.
These are tough times for the Grand Old Party in Lake County and rallying the party faithful with just anothe money man isn't going to fire up the troops in the trenches.