A couple quick thoughts on the broader implications of tomorrow's Illinois primary:
-The fact that Mark Kirk is going to steamroll Patrick Hughes shows that the Tea Party movement is only as effective as the money that's behind it. If the Club for Growth or some other big time funding mechanism doesn't get involved these candidates have no chance against more mainstream Republicans who can raise the money. At the end of the day this movement may be grassroots but it's only successful when it's well funded grassroots. Tea Party candidates can't expect to win based just on the purity of their message.
-Whether Pat Quinn survives the primary tomorrow or not, the fact that there's such a strong possibility of his losing says a lot about the unpopularity of incumbent Governors, especially in the Midwest. Yes, a lot of Quinn's issues are very specific to him and Illinois. But you can't overlook the fact that every Democratic Governor in a Big Ten State has horrid job approval numbers right now. Chet Culver and Ted Strickland can't be feeling any better about their own situations when they see how close Quinn is to getting put out by the disgruntled voters within his own party.