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Chicago Daily Observer 31 January 2010 3 Comments

Please join Chicago Daily Observer Editor in Chief Tom Roeser as he welcomes John Powers and Russ Stewart, both of the Chicago Daily Observer to talk about this Tuesday’s election. No WTTW flaks; No Tribuners; No Bright Ones; No Multi-tasking Marin’s…all Observer; all hour on WLS AM 890

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  • Philip S. Krone said:

    I heard the show last night. I especially liked the Republican candidate for Comptroller (Mr. Dodge?) who had nice things to say about Dan Hynes.

    Russ Stewart was in top form. I say this probably because we both believe that Hynes, Hoffman and Preckwinkle are all on an upward trajectory and all three could win on Tuesday.

    The brilliant but acerbid Mr. Roeser always keeps the show moving and contributes observation with which I often disagree but states them in a way that you can’t ignore them.

    As much as I wish our non Presidential (gubernatorial and statewide public officials) primaries were held in the Spring rather than in the winter, I’m very grateful that this year’s Primary is Tuesday or else the Republicans might have nominaated their two most effective statewide candidates, Patrick Hughes for the U.S. Senate and Adam Andrzejewski for Governor(whose candidacies are just taking off – two more weeks and they’d be in strong contention, a month from now they’d be upset winners)

    I still can’t get over last Friday’s lunch at the Union League Club where Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland and Nobel Laureate actually spoke for and endorsed conservative businessman and self made millionaire Mr. Andrzejwski. It is the first time in my memory that a truly significant foreign statesman has ever been involved in any American election and he did it without appearing to simply be an ethnic soulmate. It was the single most amazing political event of my entire lifetime, and former state senator Pat O’Connor was a terrific emcee.

    And I am further grateful that Tom Roeser (old pumpkin head)is considered too old to run for office (a spritely 81) and that John Powers, (whom I appropriately call Mr. Mom), another self made millionaire who acts like he’s living paycheck to paycheck, and GOP Chairman Patrick Brady (Scott Brown to the 5th power – no pun intended) aren’t their party candidates for the two top offices either.

    Of those running, besides Adam and Patrick, Kirk can win if his opponent is Giannoulias and all the Republicans can win (even Proft) if Quinn wins. But only one Democrat can beat any in the Republican field, and that’s Dan Hynes, though he would not be able to defeat Powers or Bradyeven though he is much better prepared). Hynes v. Dillard or Hynese v. Adrzejewski would be real nail biters.

    Unfortunately my fellow Democrats fail to understand reality. Patriotism is not to be underestimated, even if it is indeed the last refuge of a scoundrel. It is also the bedrock of the typical American.

    I will support President Obama for re-election regardless of what happens, having read Lord Charnwood’s 1917 biography of Abraham Lincoln, which with Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals literally presents both a roadmap and rationale for his presidency.

    Despite the lesser abilities of his subordinates, and in spite of Tom Roeser’s assertion that he (#44) is the ‘worst’ president we have have ever had (the same was said about Lincoln in his lifetime, if you don’t believe me ask Harold Holzer) I believe he is a truly great President. If Presidents Johnson and Nixon had his psychological makeup they too would have been great presidents.

    But despite having said all this he is very vulnerable and underestimating Sarah Palin for example is a huge mistake.

    Its about 36 hours until the polls close and I am going nuts not being able to do anything more than call everyone I know to make sure they vote for Hynes, Hoffman and Preckwinkle and the rest of my choices.

    But in closing, we are all Americans; we need to get rid of the shrill divisiveness and invective and at the same time recognizing that using the words of Harold Washington for example is fair game, because it was actually said, his minions’ shock to the contrary notwithstanding. And in this spirit I wish to extend my condolences to Kirk Dillard and his family, especially his mother, in losing his father. I did not know his Dad, but we’re both graduates of Lake View High school (Edward Dillard about a dozen years before me) and he was a young faculty member at Hinsdale High School when the incomparable Helen Hadish (sp?) was advisor to Hinsdale High’s student council. So we’re one degree of separation two differnt ways. Being the tough and beloved coach I understand he was, I’m sure he’d be delighted that this peresonal tragedy might assist Kirk’s chances on Tuesday. Any good parent would be happy to make that sarifice, and if Kirk wins’s his party’s nomination I will atrribute his father’s unfortunate passing as the gamebreaker.

  • Philip S. Krone said:

    Please forgive my few typos in the previous posting as well as syntactical errors. There is no spell check on this site and I caught a dozen more, but I see that there were a few left such as ‘acerbic’. I write generally off the top of my head, and unfortunately there is a dent in it.

  • Philip S. Krone said:

    The photo accompanying this article features (left to right) Bob Hope, Dale Evans and Roy Rogers. When I was five I saw the Roy Rogers rodeo at the Chicago stadium on Madison(now torn down) because my father knew the stationery engineer who ran the place. I got to meet Rogers, his horse Trigger, and Gabby Hayes. Dale Evans wasn’t with him because she was home taking care of their two year old son ‘Dusty’. I also met Bob Hope once, introduced by W. Clement Stone (“I feel happy, I feel healthy, I feel TERRIFIC!) and we actually had a ten minute conversation. I really need to write my memoirs, not to celebrate my life, but to shed additional light on lots of others whose names I (legitimately) drop from time to time.

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