Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Personal Aside: Bob Casey, Jr. Eyed as Possible Obama Veep The Hugely Inflated TV News Readers Salaries.
Catholic circles I frequent are buzzing with the rumor that Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. of Pennsylvania an Irish Catholic pro-lifer who came out for Obama the other day could be Obamas secret weapon to get the nomination from some recalcitrant super-delegates. Reason: Obamas strident views on abortion and gay rights have worried some of the super-delegates that while much of the party and almost all the national news media adore the long, lanky, witty, suave Obama, the same cast of players adored George McGovern in 1972 forgetting that the country is less liberal than they. You have this twerp Brian Williams of NBC wondering how anyone could cover Obama and be objective because he is so convincing and the overgrown kid on Hardball, Chris Matthews who told his MSNBC audience when he hears Obama speak he feels a quiver run down his leg (an unmanly confession that could be linked to latent something or other).
But there are other super-delegates, with some blue-collar constituencies who remember 1972 and dont relish the idea of going down the toilet with the superstar who comes close to prompting Matthews la passionata near climax. Those people would be enamored, it is said, with Casey. Caseys pro-life stance could soften Obamas pro-abortion stance and cause him to use the tool he employs best bring-us-together ambiguity. Also what would the Catholic bishops do, then? Deny Casey the sacrament? Not hardly.
The downside is that the Democratic ticket would be composed of two freshmen senators and would exaggerate the inexperience issue. But my sources say that when you contrast this to the power that an Irish Catholic adds to the ticket, the inexperience issue fizzles. On one thing theyre right. Democrats have been slow to get the message on the Catholic vote. They think of everything except the pro-life angle. They nominated an Italian woman congressman from New York, Geraldine Ferraro but got nothing out of it but grief since she was a pro-abort and tangled with John Cardinal OConnor, diminishing her political prospects. All the other Catholics mentioned or running are pro-abort and hence regarded by the Church all except Theodore Cardinal McCarrick as semi-apostates. Not McCarrick who feels a shiver running down HIS leg when he talks to Ted Kennedy and Chris Dodd, Dick Durbin, Richard Daley et al. He should get the Archbishop Cranmer award for political dexterity.
All right, no search engines now. This is a trivia question: Who was Archbishop Thomas Cranmer? Give me as many details about him as possible and youre on your honor not to cheat.
The Fired Highly Paid TV News Readers.
Isnt it time for Diane Burns to call the Sultan of Pout, the Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson and charge that she was fired because she is black? Felicia Middlebrooks did at WBBM. Big Jess pulled a demonstration and the little lady has been back there ever since.
On TV, life is tough, especially when you got $3 million a year for doing an elementary job of reading without mispronouncing (which Diane has done well) but her charismatic presence did nothing to revive the eternally dead not-to-be-resurrected Channel 2. The Sultan wouldnt lift a finger for Maryann Childers because shes white.
But then nobody can raise that Channel 2 Lazarus from the tomb. Anyhow, why shouldnt they have fired the station manager Joe Ahern who hired her in the first place? Diane was a winner at Channel 7. She goes to 2 and sinks like a stone. Do you suppose it might have something to do with Ahern? Of all of them I like Childers best. She seems to know what shes reading.