Sunday, September 21, 2008

Berkowitz and Johnston join Roeser on WLS Radio tonight: a fresh, balanced look at national and state issues that others won't touch?

Jeff Berkowitz will join, once again, Republican political consultant and analyst Charlie Johnston as a guest tonight on Tom Roeser’s weekly, Sunday, call-in radio show, Political Shoot-out, WLS 890 AM Radio, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
You say you don't live within the WLS broadcast area? Not to worry. You can go here to listen to the program, live, on the web.[You may encounter some technical problems in signing on-- allow five minutes, or so, for following the prompts for technical difficulties, and you should be able to hear WLS live on the web] See here for Tom’s Blog which has Tom's thoughts on a great many matters, political and otherwise.

Upset with something Berkowitz said on his show [] or the [Public Affairs page], something he wrote on this blog or just the way he looks? 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 and its topics by calling in with your questions and comments—312-591-8900. Obama mamas (Bean), Democrats, Republicans, Suburban Agenda promoters (Kirk), Libertarians, Independents, Communists [no collect calls, please], Palin boosters, Biden Boosters, gun grabbers, gun clingers, gun slingers, outside agitators and others are, of course, all welcome.

Tonight's show may touch on

--the softening poll numbers of McCain,

--the embarrassingly weak interview of Sarah Palin by Shawn Hannity,

--the erratic and peculiar statements of John McCain on the Economy, e.g., firing Chairman Chris Cox at SEC

--the cautious approach to the economy of Obama,

--whether the "change you can believe in," slogan is still being shared by McCain and Obama,

--whether Sarah Palin can demonstrate she has the knowledge of domestic and foreign policy issues to go the distance,

--whether the Illinois State Senate will join the House and override Blago's veto of the ethics legislation,

--whether Speaker Mike Madigan has settled on a capital plan he can live with,

--whether there is credible evidence of an impeachable offense by Blago [Watch here the Public Affairs show with Rep. Durkin [dealing in part with this topic], [watch here the Public Affairs show with Rep. Dunkin dealing in part with this topic],

--whether a capital budget will be passed before the election,

--whether Sarah Palin strengthens the Presidential ticket enough to help Repubicans pick up State Senate and StateHouse seats.

----whether Robert Abboud (D-Barrington Hills) can catch Cong. Manzullo (R-Egan) in the 16th CD.

Who knows, we may even discuss so-called education funding reform of Senator/Rev. Meeks and the latest proposal of Meeks-Gidwitz [Watch here the show w/ Rep. Dunkin dealing in part w/ this topic], school vouchers-school choice, would Governor Bobby Jindahl have made a better McCain VP, charter schools, jobs and free lunches .

This reporter doesn't know the topics for tonight—they are determined by Mr. Roeser, with some incisive suggestions, no doubt, by his lovely, energetic and intelligent wife Lillian. However, an educated guess is that the questions will consist of various Illinois, national and Presidential political issues, possibly selected from the above, or below, questions, some of which are holdovers from prior episodes of "Political Shootout," or "Public Affairs."

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 [or do they?]. And you are Free to Choose, so to speak, as this is the land of Milton Friedman, the late, great Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics from the University of Chicago [WWMFS, i.e., what would Milton Friedman say? is the question we classically ask, followed with:

--Did WTTW's Joel Weisman get it way wrong when he stated on the last Chicago Week in Review that "the only difference on economic issues [between Obama and McCain] is that Obama wants to lower taxes on the 'middle,' class."

--Did none of the panelists challenge Weisman because (a)they all share his liberal bias, (b) they are all wusses, (c) some are conflicted because they are clients of Weisman, (d) all of the above, (e) none of the above

--Does Weisman have a major league conflict of interest that nobody in the MSM wants to raise? Why?

--Why did only one member of the MSM go after State's Attorney candidate Anita Alvarez (D) for her bizarre defense of taking contributions from those "under investigation."

--Are the MSM generally in the tank for Alvarez?

--Do the MSM think Alvarez ought to be able to gerrymander the questions she gets in a presser?

-- Could Paul Vallas win a Republican Primary for Governor? Is he thinking of making the run in the Republican Primary? in the Democratic Primary?

-- Who is the favorite to win the Republican Primary for Governor?

--Who is the favorite to win the Democratic Primary for Governor?

--Has Keith Oblermann completely lost his mind?

--Who is most liberal: Olbermann, Maddow or Matthews?

--Which network is most biased: Fox News Channel, MSNBC, PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS.

--Is Tim Russert turning over in his grave when he sees the growing dominance of Olbermann, Maddow and Matthews over what is left of the NBC news division.

--Will Cong. Jackson be the next Junior Senator from the State of Illinois? Or will it be Tammy Duckworth? Cong. Jan Schakowsky? Cong. Rahm Emanuel? Lisa Madigan.

--Does the Chicago Public School system spend more than $14,000 per kid per year to try to educate kids? Does Arne Duncan tell the truth about this? If not, why not?

--Was Barack Obama Emil Jones' show pony, as Senator Rauschenberger contends? [watch here]

--Was Obama way too cautious in his handling of the Pastor Disaster? in his selection of a VP? Will Pastor Wright be an issue in the Presidential race in the next 44 days?

--Is Obama's cautious nature both his strength and his weakness?

--IsObama suffering from buyer's remorse?

--Are voters concerned that they do not share Obama's values? Will that concern be offset by citizen concern over the "bailout economy."

--Will voters become increasingly concerned about Gov. Palin's lack of national experience lack of knowledge of national security or foreign policy issues? Will the debate with Biden do in Palin?

--In light of what has transpired about Rev. Wright, Rezko and Ayers, does Sen. Dillard reqret the TV ad he cut for Obama last year. [Watch Sen. Dillard discuss this topic].

-Will the state GOP cave in the next few months on its hostility to increased taxes? Will House Republican leader Cross lead the capitulation?

-Is it now unlikely that 2006 10th CD Democratic nominee Dan Seals [D-Wilmette] can come back to beat Cong. Kirk [R-Highland Park] this year?

--Does Obama's presence at the top of the ballot give Seals an increasingly small chance to beat suburban agenda Kirk? Are both Seals and Kirk playing a prevent defense? Isn't that a dumb strategy for Seals?

--What do Seals and Oberweis have in common?

-Is WTTW's Chicago Tonight in need of an aggressive political interviewer to boost its sagging ratings and its lack of balance? Which cable TV personality in the Chicago Metro area could provide it?

--Did WTTW gets it's money's worth of convention coverage from Marin, Brackett and Samuels?

--Should Chicago Week in Review be renamed "The Week reviewed by liberals."

--Is Carol Marin just a "Working gal."

--Is it past time for a change in leadership in the State GOP?

--Will Andy McKenna, Jr. be kicked upstairs after the November 4, 2008 election? Are the money guys getting restless?

- Could Colonel Jill Morgenthaler (D-Des Plaines) upset first term Republican incumbent Cong. Peter Roskam in the Illinois 6th CD? Watch Morgenthaler go after Roskam here. Why is Roskam hiding from Public Affairs? Why does Roskam hide from probing questions?

--Could Scott Harper upset ten year Republican incumbent Cong. Judy Biggert in the Illinois 13th CD. Watch Harper go after Biggert here. Is Biggert hiding from Public Affairs? Biggert hiding from probing questions?

-- Is Ozinga a likely winner over Halvorsen in the 11th? Halvorsen just wrong for the District?

--Could Greenberg upset Bean in the 8th CD? Watch a virtual conversation w/Bean-Greenberg here. Where will Greenberg get the money to finance such an upset?

--Did the City Club of Chicago exhibit bad judgment or bias in it's decision to invite Cong. Bean (D-Barrington Hills) to speak this past week w/o giving her Republican opponent, Steve Greenberg, the opportunity to speak to the City Club.

--Was the Bean decision made by Roosevelt University Professor Paul Green? How does he justify it? Can he justify it?

--When the City Club of Chicago invited Republican Cong. Kirk to speak, it followed up on that with an invitation to his opponent, Democrat Dan Seals, to speak. Why were Democrat Seals and Republican Greenberg treated differently by the City Club of Chicago. Liberal Democratic Bias?
Jeff Berkowitz, Show Host/Producer of "Public Affairs," and Executive Legal Recruiter doing legal search can be reached at *************************************************************
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