Saturday, December 17, 2005

West Wing lead in to Roeser- Eisendrath-Berkowitz

Jeff Berkowitz will join Edwin Eisendrath [D-Chicago] as a guest tomorrow night [Sunday] on Tom Roeser’s Political Shoot-out, WLS 890 AM Radio, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm [See here for more about Tom’s show and See here for Tom’s Blog (Righteous blog chops hath Tom, says Chicago Tribune columnist and the father of Chicago blogging- Eric Zorn, and that’s the highest compliment you can get from Eric]. Eisendrath will announce, tomorrow morning at 11:00 am at Kendall college [Chicago and Halstead], his candidacy for Governor in the Democratic Primary, and he will file on Monday afternoon. Governor Rod Blagojevich has some competition for his party’s nomination and as we know, competition is the patron saint of the Consumer [See here for Berkowitz’s web cast interview with Eisendrath].

For those who find West Wing a little too Left Wing for their tastes to keep up with it, it 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, remember, life imitates art.

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.

I don’t know the topics—they are determined by Mr. Roeser, with some incisive suggestions, no doubt, by his wife Lillian. However, an educated guess is that the questions will consist of various Statewide, including downstate, issues, possibly selected from the following questions, some of which are holdovers from what I suggested in this blog before I was on the show in November.

Of course, you can call and ask any of the below questions or whatever you like. As with University of Chicago 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:

• Will Edwin Eisendrath be the “Thinking Democrat’s choice in the Democrat Primary.”
• Will the Eisendrath family see Rod’s 20 million and raise him 5?
• Will Rod debate Eisendrath? How many?
Can Eisendrath beat Rod, like a drum, on the issue of reform?
• Is Ed Eisendrath the best friend of the Illinois GOP?
• Does Joe help Judy?
• Does Steve help Ron?
• Does Brady help Judy?
• Does everybody help Jim?
• Will Pat O’Malley lead a conservative third party?
• Will Stroger’s proposed tax increase [this time for smokers] lose for a third year in a row?
• Did the Governor’s All Kids health insurance legislation cement his re-nomination and re-election?
• Can the Stroger-Daley forces get to Earlean Collins?
• Is Tom Roeser right in suggesting the Republican activists should let RNC member Bob Kjellander be?
• Can Claypool and Quigley make a deal?
• Is Senator Obama a likely VP pick in 2008? A possible candidate for President?
• Who raised, this summer, one million dollars, in one evening, for their school voucher- school choice foundation.
• Will Dick Kay really retire?
• Will Sullivan and Kelly be credible Democratic primary challengers to Cong. Dan Lipinski in the 3rd Cong. District? Or, will Sullivan and Kelly cancel each other out? I mean think about it: Kelly and Sullivan.
• Will John Ascot be a credible Democratic primary challenger to Cong. Danny Davis in the 7th Cong. District?
• Is Cong. Bean vulnerable in the 8th CD?
• Did Rahm Emanuel find a stronger opponent [Maj. L. Tammy Duckworth] for Sen. Peter Roskam than Christine Cegelis or Lindy Scott in the 6th CD General Election?
• Is Roskam worried about Major Tammy Duckworth, who left active duty in the Army this week
• Can Cong. Kirk be beat in the 10th CD?
• Can Cong. Evans be beat in the 17th CD?
• Has Daley turned the corruption eruptions around?
• How will Bob Sirott work out at as a weekend anchor at NBC- 5 News ? 500K? 300K? 200 K? Inquiring minds want to know.
• 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