Brookins & Stewart.
Alderman Howard Brookins (26th), a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Cook county States Attorney will be paired with Russ Stewart, lawyer and political analyst for Nadig Newspapers this coming Sunday (WLS-AM, 890) at 8 p.m.. Of interest is that Mike Noonan, the leading young political manager in the Democratic stable, will likely be running the campaign for Brookins which tells you how significant the Brookins candidacy is to the Cook county Democratic party. Noonan took over the foundering Todd Stroger campaign for president of the Cook county Board and turned it into a winning race. His taking over the campaign shows that it evidently is of four-star importance to the Cook county Democratic party.
A question has been raised by several readers through the chiaroscuro . What has been my stand on Bob Kjellander continuing as national committeeman? The opinion has been nuanced, unable to be understood by either the scribe or a blog-meister who registers hard-line disapproval with repetitive words sad-sad-sad and outrage-outrage-outrage followed by utterly outrageous. Those who dont understand nuance could not appreciate the tack that had to be taken by, say, Lincoln in the pre-Civil War days
declaring that the Union should be preserved at all costs with or without abolition of slavery
then saying that a house divided against itself (as it was with slavery) cannot stand. Not inconsistent but pointing generally to inevitability which confounded black-white mindsets of his day but was brilliantly evocative of nuanced opinion. But to some of his day and today, anything other than slogans written with crayola or in capital letters are not valid.
Okay. Looking at my past words on the issue there is no inconsistency. I criticized Kjellander for not either resigning as committeeman to pursue his lobbying business or declining the lobbying account with Bear-Stearns
suggesting that he should resign. Indeed at one point I suggested he should be let go. But when the screaming from the black-white boys got so intense as to preclude any other discussion
and when it was suggested that no progress could be made within the GOP without Kjellanders going, I disagreed with that approach. Strictly speaking there was never a time when Kjellanders staying on jeopardized the Republican party except with the Johnny-one-notes who cannot think of more than one issue at a time.
I maintained that the furor over Kjellander was uncivil and out of joint. I followed up by saying that personally I would not continue to serve were I Kjellander but that Kjellanders appointment was made under legitimate electoral processes. Kjellander is a friend of mine
just as Eddie Vrdolyak is a friend of mine. Their unpopularity has nothing to do with friendship or the loss of it. Those who conduct tirades with one eye cocked to see that their employer approves of their ranting are craven, cheap and unworthy of having a discussion with
which is the case with my former critic. With respect to another one, I have no doubt that this will be billed as sad or outrageous or extremely outrageous but similar to the initial critic,one who cannot find different words to express disagreement is poverty-stricken and with whom no reasonable discourse can be pursued.
Please understand that any further abridgment of words and phrases to effect a dis-constructionist argument
one which I fully expect
is not worth reply. And let this be the last word I will utter on this so called major issue.
No one has difficulty understanding the blunt point of views expressed in the Sun-Times editorials
which is now just (with one notable exception) about the best thing remaining in the paper after the demise of Mark Steyn, Mary Laney, Betsy Hart and other writers of a firmly conservative view (I do not consider George Wills thumb-sucking which use allusions to 1066 A. D. equivalent). The great exception to mediocrity in the Sun-Times is assuredly its terrific cartoonist Jack Higgins who to me is the finest practitioner of the great newspaper art in the country.
Earlier the Tribunes editorials have been mashed potato sandwiches: here are the facts
and for the future who knows?
Happily this has changed somewhat
not perfectly at the good grey Tribune. Perfection has not arrived yet (and I deem perfection the way the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal write editorials, remembering that I universally disagree with the former and almost always agree with the latter. The Tribune editorial A Very Cold War says that the U. S. cannot make any claim on the North Pole with its priceless resources since it hasnt planted a flag there and we dont have a seat on the UN panel. Weak tea. The Tribunes old hero of 1912 TR would not agree. You mean to say that the depth soundings that Admiral Peary took at the North Pole which are ratified by soundings of today should not be taken into consideration just because a bunch of Russians sank a flag? Nonsense he would say. But not the limp-wristed Tribune.
But the paper states a a position anyhow.
A Six Month Spy Fix is admirableaffixing the blame on the Democratic Congress for adjourning for vacation without fixing the countrys ability to secretly eavesdrop on suspected terrorists. The old Tribune of, say, a month or so ago would say
some think this is too bad and others think it is too important a subject on which to act rashly
hence time will tell. Not this time. Excellent.
The Kiss of the Unknown Sailor, pegging the Navy gob who was pictured nationally celebrating VJ Day by kissing a girl, is interesting but is a feature story and doesnt belong as an editorial.
Growing McCormick Place does urge the legislature to restructure the convention centers debt takes a stand but is old-fashioned boosterism, urging public dough for a project that should have been privately supported anyhow. But it takes a stand.
However Noriegas Next Stop is a reversion to the old who knows? editorials with the flabbyness that made the paper the best dry-goods you can buy for 50 cents. It reports that both France and Panama want Noriega to stand trial
Panama for money laundering (10 years) and France for murder (20). But instead of making a decision the paper punts, saying that Panama will probably get him and then well see if they mean business. Weak-weak tea from the old days.
The Failure of Abstinence Ed takes a stand and for this the paper should be praisedbut it reflects the mindset of the Hinsdale country club with which the paper is so intimately connected. Because two pro-abort organizations diss abstinence educationthe AMA and American Academy of PediatricsCongress should not spend money on it. No mention of other highly significant findings. But it is important to recognize that the business office runs the editorial department; so its important to appease big advertisers and soulless money people anyhow who are led by their noses by their wives who, angry at being left home while the big guys lunch at the big clubs, take out their wrath by instilling a bit of feminism which causes the old guys who say yes mdear.
If Schools Win More Money
declares it is lockstep with the teachers union, that more money should be poured into the failing public schools in line with the Tribs innocuous series that was stuck together with placating platitudes, From Here to Excellence. Awful. But it does take a stand even though it is comfortably Hinsdale Country Club.
Still the Master of the Game heralds Hank Aaron vs. Barry Bonds asterisk showing. It takes a position for Aaron but very predictable. So-so but in the old days itd say, who knows?
As previously stated, the Tribunes columnists are eminently forgettable except for John Kass and Op Eder Denny Byrne
but here I make an addition. I think Eric Zorn has come a long way recently since his views have become less predictably liberal and more nuanced
which doesnt meant that he has shucked his liberalism but that his way of putting it is often memorable. Maybe Im getting senile but I am even starting to like Mary Schmich
so long as she and Eric dont write back and forth anymore.
The syndicated ones with the exception of Charles Krauthammer are dreadful. Why in Gods name the grinning mug of Hinsdale county clubs favorite sardonic son, Garrison Keillor, is included is anyones guess. He is the male equivalent in predictability of the Sun-Times Cathleen (Ding-Dong-the-Witch-is-Dead!) Falsani.