Friday, January 27, 2006

West Wing lead in on Sunday night to Roeser/Rauschenberger/Berkowitz

Jeff Berkowitz will join Steve Rauschenberger, State Senator and Lt. Gov. running mate to Gubernatorial Candidate Ron Gidwitz [R-Chicago], as a guest this coming Sunday night on Tom Roeser’s Political Shoot-out, WLS 890 AM Radio, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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.

Upset with something Berkowitz said on his show, Public Affairs? Something he 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. If you can’t get the program on your radio, you can listen on the web [Go here].

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 December.

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, most 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:

• Did Sen. Brady win the first Republican Guv. Debate, in Naperville?
• Should Gidwitz drop out now?
• If he does, does that help Judy more than Jim?
--Will the liberals stay home if the choice is Rod v. Jim? Or will they lobby harder for an assisted suicide law?
• Has Joe helped Judy? Can he?
Has Steve helped Ron? Can he?
• If Ron drops out, does Steve also do so?
• Has Steve been an unused resource by the Gidburger campaign? Will that change?
• Does Brady’s success help Judy?
Is Edwin Eisendrath idealistic enough and pragmatic enough to beat incumbent Guv Rod Blagojevich and his 20 million reasons [dollars?]for supporting him?
• Does Rod’s ability to deliver pork and other budget goodies make it impossible for Eisendrath to get the pol support he needs to win?
• Is Eisendrath on a fool’s errand? or could he upset Rod?
• Will Becky Carroll call in on Roeser to defend her boss?
• Will Eisendrath and friends be able to raise 6 million, or so, and is that enough to beat Rod.
• If Brady helps Judy, does that help Brady? Is that question Zen-like?
• Can Jim rally his conservative base and also move to the center to expand his vote?
• Will Pat O’Malley lead a conservative third party movement if Judy wins the primary?
• Will the conservatives stay home if the choice is Judy v. Rod? Or will they lobby for an assisted suicide law?
• Is Stroger’s goose cooked?
- How is Carol Marin working out as the latest addition to Chicago Tonight's fair and balanced hosts? interviewers? contributors? whatever?
• Is Cook County ready for Reform? For Claypool?
-- Could Republican Cook County Board Member and County Board President Candidate Tony Peraica beat Stroger if Claypool can't?
• Will Claypool v. Stroger become all about race?
• Who is to blame if it does?
• Can Alexi beat Mangieri?
• Is abortion an issue in the State Treasurer’s race?
• Did the Governor’s All Kids health insurance legislation cement his re-nomination and re-election? If not, will passing a capital improvements state budget cement Rod’s re-election. Can he do so?
• Does Tom Roeser still think the Republican activists should let RNC member Bob Kjellander be?
• Is Senator Obama a likely VP pick in 2008? A possible candidate for President, notwithstanding his statements on Russert to the contrary?
• Will the media climb all over Rod if he persists in not debating Eisendrath?
• Is Eisendrath beating Rod, like a drum, on the issue of reform?
• Is Ed Eisendrath the best friend of the Illinois GOP?
• Who raised, last summer, one million dollars, in one evening, for their school voucher- school choice foundation?
• Will Dick Kay really retire? Before the Primary? After the Primary? Never?
• Is John Kelly another Dan Lipinski plant in the 3rd CD to drain votes from Dan Lipinski's Dem. Challenger, prosecutor John Sullivan?
• Is John Ascot 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 has the Support of Senators Obama and Durbin, as well as Emanuel and Axelrod? Is Roskam just plain worried?
• Is Sen. Obama’s Halo tarnished?
• Is Roskam still doing a Rose Garden Strategy?
• Can Cong. Kirk be beat in the 10th CD?
• Who will win the 10th CD Dem. Primary? Zane Smith?
• Can Cong. Evans be beat in the 17th CD?
• Will Zinga win her 17th CD R primary?
• Has Daley turned the corruption eruptions around?
• How is Bob Sirott working 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.
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