Thursday, September 23, 2004

Updated Thursday, September 23, 2004 at 11:00 am

Heard on the Street (Madison and Wacker) in the Loop

Democratic activist and donor criticizes Kerry’s recent move to the left on the War

Clint Krislov, who had serious discussions with Illinois Democratic Party leaders last Fall about running for Mark Kirk’s 10th Congressional District seat and who also made some efforts to run in the Democratic Primary for the U. S. Senate a few years back, is speaking out again. Clint, heard on the Street this morning, chastised Presidential candidate John Kerry—stating that Senator Kerry is disingenuous when he suggests that President Bush should have done more to internationalize the Iraq military effort, especially with respect to Germany and France. Krislov argued, “If you are going to be a beacon [for liberty], you can’t wait around for others- you have to lead.” Needless to say, Clint didn’t see the French jumping in—no way, no how--to oust Saddam—at least not this decade.

Clint’s views, above, also contrast sharply with the current, dovish, 10th Congressional District Democratic Candidate, Lee Goodman:

Goodman, taping an episode of Public Affairs on August, 8, 2004 took the line on Iraq that Presidential Candidate John Kerry seems to have gravitated towards. John Kerry, a follower of Lee Goodman? Who would have thunk it?
Berkowitz: And, right now, John Kerry says, if elected, he would not bring the troops out of Iraq. He would not withdraw. You agree with him on that?

Goodman: No, I don’t.

Berkowitz: So, you would withdraw immediately? Is that right?

Goodman: That is not what I said, either.

Berkowitz: Well, what would you do? If you don’t agree with him on that, tell us your view.

Goodman: What we need to do is to recognize that we went in under false premises, that our staying there at this point is accomplishing little or nothing and that the reconstruction and the things that have to be done in Iraq will not happen until we have made it clear to the world that we are getting out…We cannot run that country. It is not supposed to be a colony of the United States.
Lee Goodman, 10th Cong. Dist. Democratic Candidate, recorded on August 8, 2004, and as was cablecast throughout the City of Chicago and the suburbs earlier this month. For more of the Berkowitz-Goodman dialogue, see the blog entry, below, updated Sep. 12 at 11:30 pm.
Clint Krislov, a class action, consumer deceptive practices, whistleblower, trial lawyer heads his own law firm in the Loop-- Krislov and Associates. As Clint might put it, there is an almost inexhaustible supply of fraud out there, on and off the street-- which is a downside for society but an upside for Clint’s legal practice. Krislov is one of the elite group of Trial Lawyers who the Kennedys [and other big time Democrats], in and out of town, look for to pony up some big bucks when they come to Chicago to raise money for John Kerry and others.

So, the question is-- how many other Democratic Party donors and operatives may be de-energized by Kerry’s latest flip-flop on the War. A number of Democrats who I speak with on the street and on the phone think that Kerry has lost this election and now the battle, in the next 40 days, is for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.

Of course, Clint will not be leading a Democrats for Bush effort anytime soon. When it comes to domestic policy, Krislov is critical of things like the Bush dividend tax cuts, claiming that jobs have not been stimulated by such tax cuts, and what we need is Government spending that “primes the pump,” or something like that.

But, on foreign policy, is Clint Krislov- whistleblower, blowing his whistle on behalf of a large Class of Democrats when he criticizes Senator John Kerry’s foreign policy shifts to the left. Or, is Clint whistling a solo? That is, did Howard Dean and the Deaniacs lose the Democratic nomination, but win over John Kerry, at least on the War?

One thing is for sure, the Deaniacs and the Kerryiacs have not won over Clint Krislov, at least not on Iraq.
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of “Public Affairs,” can be reached at