We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Longer answer: they were unprepared to deal with an empty suit from the Illinois machine and Chi-town mob. Go after his dirt, you may get the nomination but the machine works against you. None of Obama's adversaries can afford to throw Illinois away... so don't expect the land deals and working out sweetheart deals while as a State Senator to come out until the general election of Obama gets the nomination.