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Busch: Could a Chicago 'Quirky' Democrat Help Rebuild the GOP?
CNBC.com | January 28, 2013 | 10:41 AM EST

On Sunday, Chicago Tribune's John Kass wrote an insightful article on the current state of both U.S. political parties. In his usual acerbic, Chicago style, Kass doesn't mince words and rips both parties.

"At least the Democrats know what they're about. Democrats are the government party, and they're about big, big government; big, big taxes to come on the middle class (demonizing the rich was just a prelude); redistribution of income; and making lawyers rich…But the Republicans? What are they about...They don't know what they're about, not really, and so they have a difficult time explaining what they don't know they're not about to the American people who don't know either…Confused Republicans can't draft simple messages."

However, I think the Republicans may not have to craft messages.

I think Republicans can follow the lead of a Chicago Democrat and let the American voter decide. You say this is an apostasy? You say this is an abomination? You say this is abandonment of the Republican core?

Fear not, oh lost Republicans, and read on.

The new concept I'm referring to comes from the little known and "quirky" Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas. Pappas had the temerity to do something outrageous: she sent hundreds of politicians their tax bills, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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