The Hound could quote Yakov Smirnoff about "What a country!", but in fact what happened since Feb. 2 to the Illinois Democratic Party could only take place here in the not-so-great Land of Lincoln. Dem party bosses didn't learn from the Rod Blagojevich-Roland Burris-Pat Quinn debacle. So they got a refresher course from Scott Lee Cohen, the party's former lite governor candidate.
Cohen says he's resigning from the ticket and going back to being whatever he was before: Pawnbroker, green entrepreneur, dead-beat dad, massage/spa customer. Which leaves Illinois Democrats a do-over to pick a new running mate for Quinn. The Hound figures it will be someone from outside Chicago, and not state Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan, who came in last in the lieutenant governor race on Feb. 2. Perhaps state Rep. Mike Boland of East Moline, or then again some nobody from Christian County with less hair than Quinn.
The Hound finds it surprising that party leaders or the two Democratic gubernatorial candidates didn't vet Mr. Cohen's candidacy. Guess that won't happen again because voters nor the mainstream Illinois media certainly didn't investigate the candidates. It's a tough job to look into a candidate's past, but some party functionary will be vetting candidates running for everything from lite gov. to precinct committeemen from now on.
But if Mr. Cohen had a shady past, what do you do with the candidate who won the party's nomination for U.S. Senate? His baggage is starting to rear its ugly side. He can talk about jobs all he wants, but he won't talk about his family's Chicago bank and loans that were made to certain individuals? The media big boys let one slip by them. The Hound believes they won't let another one off the hook.