Those who say President Bushs State of the Union speech was a disappointments forget that such addresses must contain laundry lists of recommendations and do not generally contain high flights of rhetoric. But Bushs did. The content of his speech and his very effective delivery will make it a model for such addresses to follow. Among those who dissed it was Billy Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard which comes close to being my favorite magazine. Nevertheless seeing Kristol the other night on Fox News, I was dismayed to hear from this oracle that Bush was insufficiently warlike vis-à-vis Iran. We can only fight one war at a time, Billy. Moreover I would suggest that somehow either The Standard or The Committee for the 21st Centuiry to which Billy belongs find a way to send him to Iraq to observe the fighting there so that he can get his belly full of danger. It might change not just his belligerent views in behalf of wars young men would have to fightbut modify this talking head whose voice has been modulated to a soft purr fit for the Harvard faculty lounge. With his all-knowing supercilious smile which flashes the message Im every bit as smart as I sound Billy is becoming, as he ages, a William F. Buckley ultra-sophisticate. All he needs to do is to learn to pop his eyes in mid-sentence, move his hairline up and down as he talks, punctuate his sentences with aw-aw-aw and affect Buckleys Brit-rich-rich Connecticut accent to complete the caricature.
Christine Cegalis, they tell me, is a leftist of the charming Howard Dean school and is not going to take the challenge from Tammy Duckworth in the 6th district lying down. That may be all well and good, but Cegalis is too timid to appear on my WLS radio show, her campaign manager having turned it down absolutely for the foreseeable future. The show is top-rated and has never been so studiously avoided as by Cegalis who evidently is afraid that the Republican, whomever it would be, would be too tough for her to face. Tell me, what Democrat on the show was ruined by an appearance? Becky Carroll, the governors budget spokesman, is a stand-out and probably no one Ive heard has done a better job for the Dem party either statewide or national than does she.
Someone who could possibly rival Cegalis on the Republican side is, inexplicably, Kevin White, the lawyer who is challenging Rahm Emanuel. Why in the world would someone running for Congress have to think over an invitation to appear on WLS? If hes like Cegalis and too timid to take on anyone from the opposition party, why is he running? Oh, well. It takes all kinds, I guess.
Which reminds me that this Sunday the guests will be Ken Arnold, a Republican candidate for 8th district Congress (who has been lobbying to get on) and Mark McGuire, the Constitutional scholar who ran as a Democrat some years ago for Circuit Court judge. My guess is that the Superbowl will turn out to be so over-balanced in scoring early that well have the full listenership when we go on WLS at 8 p.m.