Monday, February 25, 2008
Personal Asides: 3rd Annual Speaking Tour Starts Pick McCains Ideal Running Mate Ditto with Obama Sandi Jackson & John Powers a Hit on WLS-AM Last Night.
3rd Annual Tour.
My third annual for-profit speaking tour will start soon (mainly in the Chicago area and Illinois but occasionally outside this area when fees warrant). Each year I speak to (a) civic groups, (b) political gatherings, (c) church sodalities, (d) bar mitzvahs, (e) old Minnesota gatherings, (h) old Illinois gatherings, (i) baptisms, (j) funerals, (k) university classes, (l) you name it. The purpose is to speak for FEES which I tuck aside for mad money to supplement other income. For more details write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ideal McCain Running Mate.
I have suggested that the idea running mate for John McCain would be Mitt Romney because of his strong economic and social views plus his managerial talents. Others might be Haley Barbour, the governor of Mississippi because of his strong geographical and conservative connection with the South North Carolinas governor Mark Sanford. I would suggest that Fred Thompson, age 64 and an arrested cancer victim would be inappropriate running with John McCain, age 71 and an arrested cancer victim. Make your suggestions and give us reasons why.
Ditto with Obama.
For Republicans, play the game straight: put on your political strategist hat and pretend you are David Axelrod the top adviser to Barack Obama. Who would be ideal as a running mate? Granted, pro-forma, the first invitation would be given to Hillary Clinton who undoubtedly would reject itbut the invitation should be made protocol-wise anyhow. After she turns it down, who?
Gen. Wesley Clark, the 4-star retired general, to make up for Obamas non-military record? Wouldnt Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico, an Hispanic make the ticket too exotic? What about a white moderate like former Virginia governor Mark Warner? Or, an even better idea perhaps, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, a decorated hero of Vietnam, novelist and Ronald Reagans navy secretary? Hed be my first choice were I Obama. Make your choice and give the reasons why.
Jackson & Powers.
My WLS-AM radio show last night featured two excellent protagonists of different philosophiesAlderman Sandi Jackson [7th] who is also Democratic committeeman for the ward wife of U. S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and John Powers, co-inventor of PayPal and president of the Chicago Daily Observer. Both were superbly knowledgeable about Chicagos politics and economic needs and presented their views concisely, with verve and wit. I will say about Sandi Jackson whom I met for the first time last night that she strikes me as infinitely superior in depth, sophistication and street-smarts to Michelle Obama. John Powers, of course, has no equal.