Chapter Seven: Arrogance

March 12, 2018 – Barbara W. Tuchman, the Pulitzer Prize winning author who – literally –  wrote the book on foolishness in government, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, said, “No one is as sure of his premise as the man who knows too little.”

Bruce Rauner was so sure of his appeal, that he took no heed of political journalists and consultants critical of putting Democrat operatives, including his crony business partner Bill Daley, in influential positions on his team.

Numerous reports suggested the governor routinely blurred the lines between his state and political teams – a practice that is illegal in Illinois and has sent other elected officials to prison.

He disclosed information to the press about negotiations with the Senate President before any deal was in place.

And, the guy who once boasted about his team building abilities, had two major staff shake-ups in the course of 6 months.

Chapter Seven, of The Governor You Don’t Know: ‘Arrogance,’ explains the trait that afflicted Rauner and his administration from the beginning.  

“Bruce Rauner is unable to govern.

“Regretfully, we discovered that too late, after the election. It didn’t take long to find out that in the game of politics, Rauner could be pushed around so easily by his opponents that he’d disappoint his own allies and cast aside his campaign promises to give in to Democratic and liberal demands.

“Winning elections is not enough. You also must win those critical policy debates, a goodly number of them — even a modest number of victories, if it comes to that. But going nearly hitless on your major policy initiatives, as Rauner has done, is not acceptable…

“Whether he’s involved in negotiations or he stays away from them, they never seem to work. 

“Running a government is so different from running a private venture capital firm. Illinois, after all, is a democracy in which you’re dealing with other officials who have something in common: each and every one was elected, accountable to separate constituencies. Issuing orders from on high, conducting open warfare with and hurling personal insults at opponents, these might make you feel better, but do they get you to your goal?”

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