Calling it “the biggest mistake I ever made,” former Chicago Bears head coach, Mike Ditka, claims he was asked to run as the GOP challenger to Barack Obama in 2004 for the Illinois Senate seat
It’s not clear exactly what Ditka’s qualifications were other than being white and not perceived as black.
“Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.”
The former ESPM commentator just stated that he would have and would not have won.
Historically speaking, it is difficult to have success running against Obama.
The original Republican candidate for the 2004 Senate race dropped out because his wife went public with stories that involved sex clubs and said she was forced into threesomes.
So the GOP was scrambling for someone to represent the party. Ditka says he was asked and declined. Finally Alan Keyes, conservative Maryland wingnut and perpetual failed candidate came to the Land of Lincoln to be standard-bearer.
He had a cup of coffee in the Senate and began his Presidential bid.
Ask Hillary Clinton what it’s like to face off with Obama in an electoral contest.
Or John McCain.
Or Mitt Romney.