A brief but important essay from ChicagoBoyz via Insty.
Read it all, and don't get caught up with the concept's specific application to the Zombie Senator from Alaska.
Instead, use the term to view the entire establishment political spectrum:
...America, welcome to Illinois.
The way it works is this. The Democrat party is the senior member of the Combine. The GOP is the junior member of the Combine. The game is exactly the same, and whoever is up, or whoever is down, based on the random behavior of those rubes, the voters, does not matter. The game is always exactly the same, and the people who are in on the game, from either party, have a shared stake in defending the game...
Do you understand yet?