Monday, November 21, 2005
Oberweis Superb as Aggressive, Articulate Defender of Conservatism
Last night on my WLS radio show, Jim Oberweis was superb as an aggressive but pleasant-tempered fighter who gave well-informed critic Russ Stewart more than he took. These programs, where gubernatorial candidates are challenged by outstanding, well-spoken challengers give the public an unduplicated insight into the abilities of the candidates. On usual meet the press type programs where one or two bland reporters ask a few questions and appear to be satisfied with any result, no one learns very much. On Political Shootout the pairing of one-on-one with a knowledgeable adversary as is Russ Stewart is matchless.
In all fairness, Russ is not a Democrat but leans Republicanyet he takes up the challenge of questioning candidates very closely and challenges them with thoroughly researched arguments. He performs a great service when he does this as does Jeff Berkowitz, another well-schooled analyst, when he appears on my program. Thus far we have had three Republican candidates for governor, all who did well in facing adversaries. Bill Brady and Steve Rauschenberger jousted with Becky Carroll, the best Gov. Blagojevich has to offerand thats plenty goodon management and budget. Now Jim Oberweis. Joe Birkett has already been on and did a good job. Im going to ask the remaining two to come onstarting with Ron Gidwitz and winding up, I hope, with Judy Baar Topinka.
Next Sunday: Kathy Salvi, a Republican candidate for 8th district Congress and a Democratic adversary to be announced.