Saturday, November 05, 2005

"West Wing," lead in to Berkowitz and Brady on Roeser

Jeff Berkowitz will join Sen. Bill Brady [R-Bloomington] as a guest tomorrow night [Sunday] on Tom Roeser’s "Political Shoot-out," program, WLS 890 AM Radio, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm [See here] for more about Tom and his show and See here for Tom’s Blog (Tom has righteous chops as a blogger, says Chicago Tribune columnist and blogger Eric Zorn, and that’s a compliment from Eric that he gives out sparingly]. Brady is one of four announced candidates in the Republican Primary for Governor [See here].

For those who find West Wing a little too Left Wing for their tastes to be regular viewers, the program airs on NBC-5 in the Chicago Metro area from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Yes, I agree, it is hard to imagine real life Lefty Masher Alan Alda as a Republican, let alone as a Republican Candidate for President. But, Republican activists should take note, life imitates art.

Go here for a link to our webcast of the show we taped last Sunday with Sen. Brady, as well as for the City of Chicago and Chicago Metro-Suburban airing schedule [at the end of that post] of our show with Brady. Go here for more about Sen. Bill Brady and Gubernatorial Candidates State Senator Steve Rauschenberger and Ron Gidwitz and links to our show with them. We have not been able to get Oberweis on our set, lately, so he is not included in our Public Affairs Cinema Complex.

Upset with something I said on my show? something I wrote on this blog?—Tom Roeser’s show on Sunday night is your chance to fire back. A free fire zone, so to speak. Also, you can help shape the show by calling in with your questions and comments—312-591-8900. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Communists [no collect calls, please] and others are, of course, all welcome.

Of course, only Tom Roeser knows the show topics—and they are kept, under Lock and Key, and under the watchful eye of Tom’s wife, Lilian Roeser [As Yoko Ono once said, “Behind every great man, there is a greater woman”], until just before the show. However, an educated guess is that the questions will consist of various Statewide and perhaps some local issues, possibly including some of the following questions, some of which are holdovers from what I suggested in this blog before I was on the show in September:

Of course, you can call and ask any of the below questions or whatever you like. As with University of Chicago semi-annual Ph. D. prelim questions in economics over the years, many of the questions on Political Shoot-out stay the same each week, only the answers change. And you are Free to Choose, so to speak:

o Did Rauschenberger’s involvementin the victory over A&F help him?
o Is Marty Cohen’s defeat as nominee to become ICC Chairman really a victory for his sponsor, Govenor Rod Blagojevich?
• Are Senator Brady, State’s Attorney Birkett and Tom Roeser right in suggesting the Republican activists should let RNC member Bob Kjellander be?
• What’s the real reason for Topinka’s indecision?
• Will Topinka run for Governor? Has even the MSM lost interest in JBT at this point?
o Will the passage of Governor’s All Kids healthcare insurance legislation cement Blago’s re-election?o Is Blago’s staff suffering from scandal fatique?
o Can any Republican beat Blago, short of the Governor being indicted?
o Is the pruning of the Republican Gubernatorial Primary candidates about to start? --Will it result in a “name,” candidate for one of the other statewide Republican slots?
-Is State GOP Chairman Andy McKenna a "player," in the State GOP politics?
o Has Pat O’Malley moved to Maryland?
• Is Senator Obama on his way to the Presidency, as Tom Roeser suggests [See here]?
• Will Jim Edgar play a role in the November, 2006 election?
• Who raised, this summer, one million dollars, in one evening, for their school voucher- school choice foundation.o Has Stroger’s proposed tax increase lost already, for a third year in a row?
o Who will replace Dick Kay?
• Will John Sullivan be a credible Democratic primary challenger to Cong. Dan Lipinski in the 3rd Cong. District?
• Will Jim Ascot be a credible Democratic primary challenger to Cong. Danny Davis in the 7th Cong. District? Is the ghost of Rev. Moon a factor here?
• Is Cong. Bean vulnerable in the 8th CD?
• Will DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel find a rich candidate to self-fund as a challenger to Christine Cegelis and Prof. Lindy Scott in the 6th CD Democratic Primary?
• Can Cong. Kirk be beat in the 10th CD?
o Will Dem. Zane Smith have an opponent in the 10th CD primary
• Can Cong. Evans be beat in the 17th CD?
• Have the corruption eruptions and their concomitant turmoil in the Daley Administration run their course?
• Did Mary Dempsey make a difference?
• What will the Public TV’s new Chicago Tonight look like, with an expanded role for Phil Ponce and twice a week visits from Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin? Will fluff expand or contract?
o Will WBEZ’s Eight Forty Eight’s Steve Edwards be in the Chicago Tonight mix?
o Will there be a tough, but fair, new face on Chicago Tonight?
o And, of course, much, much more.
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at