Friday, May 26, 2006
Strictly Personal: Readers Comments and Responses.
From Patrick McDonough, a friend whos close to Frank Coconate (another friend) who is active in fighting the Daley administrations politically preferential hiring and firing: As one of your greatest fans, some of us greatly respect what Carol Marin does to fight corruption in Mayor Daleys administration. She doesnt accept Daleys spin and lies. Please do another show with J. Terrance Brunner and more of Daleys lackeys. These are classics. Frank Nofsinger: Tom, are you aware that a blackguard could type your exact hints into Google and come up with Robert Browning, Cardinal Newman and Thomas de Quincey? I am not entering this quiz as I didnt recognize a one until I tried my idea You should admonish participants to act independently and honorably or risk excommunication from your Blog. Thanks, Frank but earlier I told them an honor code was in effect and I trust them
To all: I can trust you, cant I?...
Bill Pascoe: The first verse [Oh to be in England/ Now that Aprils here]was written by Robert Browning in Home Thoughts from Abroad. Brownings favorite line of poetry: A mans reach should always exceed his grasp. The definition of a gentleman was penned by Cardinal Newman in The Idea of a University. The opium-eater confession was written by Thomas de Quincey
Mike Fiasco: Bill Pascoe was correct on the first three quotes. Ill finish up by identifying John Keats The Eve of St. Agnes. My daughter took Agnes as her confirmation name. Otherwise I might have forgotten it from my college years. Pascoe plus Fiasco equals the complete answers. To Jason: I still havent got around to running your good piece. Somehow limitation of time curtails me.
To all: Take a look at Jasons latest comments in Readers Comments. He says Im not much of a conservative! Can you beat that? Whats your assessment? Am I a mushy like Chris Shay? Lets have a plebiscite!...
Grover Norquist says something I agree with: The idea that the Democrats will take either house of Congress this year is specious nonsense. Republican majorities in the House and Senate are not fragile. They have survived a recession, two wars, trillions in lost stock market wealth, a late-breaking DUI announcement, a popular-vote-losing Republican president, the Enron scandals and the best that Bill Clinton had to throw at themtwice. He says Democrats point out that they only need to win a net of 15 seats to regain the majority in the House. The problem for the Democrats is the small number of targets that these 15 have to come from. Thanks to the marvels of modern gerrymandering there are probably only 16 Republican incumbents in competitive districts and seven competitive open seats being vacated by Republicans. There are 15 Democrats in competitive seats, optimistic Republicans believe, and maybe three Democrats retiring from competitive seats.
The most likely seats to change hands are the open ones. This year there have been 17 Republican retirements and ten Democrat retirements The Democrats chances of gaining a net of 15 seats are diminished by the Democrat incumbents likely to lose To gain 15 seats, Democrats [must] defend eleven of their most vulnerable seats and win 63 percent of competitive seats held by Republicans. Thus, Democrats must win 74 percent of all competitive races to gain the majority. Not impossible but difficult. Your view?