Thursday, December 3, 2009
Thoughts While Shaving: The Lucky Sperm Club Why Doesnt Carol Marin Run?...IncredibleNetworks Ignore Climate-Gate Story!...Desiree Rogers Skewered by Dowd
Lucky Sperm Club.
Help me to build a list of members of The Lucky Sperm Clubpoliticians who wouldnt be in office or even considered as candidates if they hadnt been conceived by the right male forebears. Any number can playjust write me at email@example.com and follow the daily tally. We can start with Illinoisans but will also consider national candidates. Lets start with Illinoisans first.
Note: Im not knocking all members of The Lucky Sperm Club. The Adams family had for the most part superior political performers: John, his son John Quincy, his grandson Charles who was Lincolns ambassador to Great Britain and his son Henry Adams, author of the inestimable The Education of Henry Adams and a magnificent history of the United States.
Indeed, my first favored presidential candidate was Sen. Robert A. Taft, son of President William Howard Taft. So I hold no grudges against The Lucky Sperm Club. Well, almost none as you might suppose.
Democrats: Richard M. Daley, mayor of Chicago, son of the late Mayor Richard J. Daley. Dan Hynes, Illinois state comptroller, son of Thomas Hynes, former president, Illinois state Senate, former assessor of Cook county Sen. John Cullerton, president of the Illinois state Senate, descendent of five generations of Cullertons prominent in the Democratic party of Cook county Todd Stroger, president of the Cook county Board of Commissioners, son of the late John Stroger, president of the Board of Commissioners. (Help me add more Democrats).
Republicans: Andrew McKenna, Jr. who has the chutzpa to say he is an outsider running for governor of Illinoiswho got boosted to the Republican state chairmanship where he did virtually nothing through his fathers indulgence. His father, Andrew, Sr., age 79 has been CEO and chairman of Schwartz Paper Company, is non-executive chairman of McDonalds since 2004, member of its executive committee and member of its finance committee was director of The First National Bank of Chicago; is lead independent director, member of the nominating and governance committee and member of the compensation committee of Skyline Corp.; lead director, chairman of the governance committee, member of the executive committee and member of the organization and compensation committee of the AON corporation
[continuing] trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry; chairman of the executive advisory board of CTPartners Board consultants; director of Toyota; director of Costco Whole Corp.; director of J. Willard Marriott Corp.; former executive committee member of Tribune Company; board member of Notre Dame University; director, Childrens Memorial Hospital of Chicago; director, the Lyric Opera; founding chairman of Chicago Metropolis 2020; director, Big Shoulders Fund of the archdiocese of Chicago; director, the Ireland Economic Advisory Board; director, the Chicago Bears Football Club, Inc.; former chairman, Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; hefty past contributor to the Daleys and multifarious Democrats as well as Republicans up and down the ballot.
Nationally: George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States, son of George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States; grandson of Prescott Bush, U. S. Senator from Connecticut; former officer of Brown Brothers Harriman.
More later. You are invited to contribute to the list.
Sunday world-class feminist and angry liberal aggrieved, dissenting, anti-bishop, non-traditional Catholic white woman Carol Marin who deeply and I mean deeply resents what men are doing to female-kind complained in her Sun-Times column that all too few females are running for office. By which she means liberal Democratic women, of course. Well, I thought (while scraping my chin), why doesnt she run for something? Perhaps she hasnt because public office doesnt pay as much as she gets being a one-woman monopoly with gigs at NBC-TV, WTTW-TV (meaning part of her salary is paid by the taxpayers) and the Sun-Times but shes surely stashed enough away by now being that shes 58 and has had a near lifetime of good paying media jobs.
Lets see: what could she run for in 2012 since filing due date has passed for 2010? Jan Schakowsky shows no sign of giving up her congressional post but there must be other slots. Besides, she would prefer Im sure to run against a man whom she would probably term an exploitative white male. I have it: she could run for mayor of Chicago in 2011. What would her slogan possibly be?
Ignoring newsbreaks that dont coincide with liberal group-think didnt end with dinosaur media ignoring for many weeks the Acorn controversy. Now The New York Times and the Washington Post have reported scantily, it is true, but sufficiently the Climate-Gate story on the global warming hoaxbut it is a fact that big network broadcasts wont touch the story: which means Katie Couric (CBS), Brian Williams (NBC) and whoever is the anchor at ABC this week. This is really like Pravdastudied non-mention of news embarrassing to Barack Obama and to all liberaldom.
As part of my penance for being an ex-liberal, I have sentenced myself to read The New York Times daily and find certain sections I really enjoy: the Obits especially and the Arts Briefly section. I grit my teeth and read Maureen Dowdwell I dont grind my teeth as I do when I read Marin because Dowd is far more sophisticated and even funny (intentionally and unintentionally). Last morning was a treat to read Dowd because she took after one of the great Beautiful People of Chicago-dom Desiree Rogers.
Dowd levels blame on Rogers, social secretary of the White House, for nodding while the Mystery Couple snuck in and goes on to say that Rogers has a hauteur that is outrageous. She actually pressured to get her picture in the press in her evening gown for the event! Well since Rogers is in charge of future guest lists, Mme. Dowd must understand that she has got her last invite to state dinners at the Obamas.
But there are long lists of fawning reporters particularly from Chicago who would be salivating at the chance to dine with the Obamasstarting with the Number One Fawner of all, Mike Flannery who is certainly giving Chris Matthews a run for his money (now that Matthews seems to be off the boat) for experiencing tingles up the leg when the Messiah comes into view.