Friday, September 12, 2008

Way better than Chicago Week in Review: a Public Affairs doubleheader w/Claypool and Brady

This week's chicago metro suburban episode of Public Affairs features Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool(D-Chicago). For a suburban airing schedule, go to the end of this post. To watch the Claypool show on your computer, go here.

Claypool, a member of the Obama media team, is a long time friend of Cong. Rahm Emanuel (D-Chicago) and Obama Chief Strategist David Axelrod. Indeed, one might call them the three amigos, and with Obama, that would be four amigos, to coin a new phrase.

As discussed in this reporter's show of last May with Cmsr. Claypool, the friendship of Claypool and Obama survived Obama's decision to sit on the fence and not endorse anyone in Claypool's close, but losing, Democratic Primary race in March, 2006 against the then incumbent, non-reformer, the late Cook County Board President John Stroger. Claypool, in explaining Obama's fence sitting decision, noted on his last trip to Public Affairs, "Politics is complex," (as quoted in the September 1, 2008 National Review, p.43 (David Freddoso). I'll say. For more information on this week's Claypool show topics, click on More Info when you go to the cover page for the show.

The Claypool show, taped on Sep. 7, 2008, focuses completely on McCain-Palin v. Obama-Biden. Unlike the candidates or their positions on issues, or the allegations re same, the show needs no lipstick. And, yet it is sweet as a summer kiss-- as we used to say back in L.A. Take a look.

The Claypool show also airs throughout the City of Chicago this Monday night on Cable Ch. 21 at 8:30 pm and on ACTV-10 in Aurora on this Monday night at 7:30 pm.
Also posted recently is our show with State Senator and very, very likely 2010 Republican Primary gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady (R-Bloomington). Brady got 20% of the vote, or so, in a third place finish of four Republican Primary gubernatorial candidates in 2006. Many conservative critics argue that Brady tipped the race to so-called moderate Judy Baar Topinka by splitting the conservative vote with Jim Oberweis. And, then Topinka was beat like a drum by incumbent, populist Democratic Governor Blagojevich, whose current approval ratings are perhaps lower than those of Bush and Congress.

Brady's supporters, of which there are quite a few, argue that he had a right to run, lay a foundation for 2010 and that Oberweis should have gotten out of the race and let Brady beat Topinka and then Blago. You pays your money and you takes your choice-- or something like that. In any case, Senator Brady is informative, interesting and provocative. You can watch the Brady show on your computer, here.
"Public Affairs," is a weekly political interview show airing in Chicago on CANTV, in the Chicago metro area and in Aurora on Comcast and also often on the Illinois Channel. You can watch the shows, including archived shows going back to 2005, here.
"Public Affairs," shows for the last year are posted on the Public Affairs YouTube page , which many find easiest to access.