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The [Friday] Papers

1. Chris Lynch from West Rogers Park has the answer!

"Regarding the F-bomb on WTTW's Chicago Tonight, I was watching the show when Phil Ponce was interviewing a representative from the Chicago Humanities Festival. As the two talked about high culture, audio could be heard from an angry male voice saying, 'What's with all these fucking seating charts?' (Approximately.) Since I hve TiVo, I instantly replayed this, thinking I was hearing things, or that it came from someone talking in another room of my house. But no, I was right. I thought the only 'F' word that WTTW cared about was Fundraising."

2. Another example of how great the Internet is:

"Any illustrator can draw a heart or a brain, but they're probably not going to be passionate about it. That's where medical illustrators come in. We're those quirky people that get joy from illustrating the perfect colon."

3. If you're not reading The Daily Howler every day, you're really not doing your homework.

4. Huh?

RUSSERT: Senator Obama, you said in May, that, quote, "Everything is on the table when it comes to Social Security." You now have an ad up in Iowa which says that any benefit cuts are off and raising the retirement age are off. Why have you changed your mind?

OBAMA: Well, what I say is that that is not my plan. Now, I just want to go back to what Senator Clinton said, because I think it's important for us not to engage in business as usual on Social Security and talk straight . . .

5. What Kos says:

"The congealing CW is that Hillary 'stumbled' in yesterday's debate, giving other candidates an opening for attack.

After a rare night of fumbles by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination rushed to maximize the damage yesterday, even as her advisers argued that the "piling on" engaged in by an all-male field of opponents will ultimately drive more female voters into her camp.

Clinton strategists grudgingly acknowledged that the performance in Tuesday's debate in Philadelphia was not her finest and they sought to contain the fallout. They worked to clarify her muddled response to a question about whether she supports giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants - she backs it, they said - and quickly produced a video, titled "The Politics of Pile-On," splicing together in rapid-fire fashion her rivals' attacks from the event.

With little more than two months until the first primary contest, in Iowa, strategists for all the Democratic contenders agreed that the debate marked a turning point and would open a newly aggressive phase in the race.

"I watched the debate, and honestly, while not her best performance, I don't know if I'd call it a 'night of fumbles.' I guess it's all relative. But we're witnessing the power of the media to create and shape the conventional wisdom.

"The same people who have been telling us for years that Hillary was inevitable, are now apparently hoping for a real contest. If so, then good. We need one of those anyway. Maybe, if we're lucky, we'll even get Hillary to explain to us why she wants to be president.

"I know Edwards is running because of the disparities of the Two Americas. I know Dodd is running to restore our Constitution. I know Obama is running because he wrote a great speech back in 2004 (or something like that).

"But Hillary? If this stops becoming a coronation, maybe we'll get a rationale for her candidacy after all. She's clearly felt no need to give us one thus far."


Comment: I don't think the rationale for Hillary Clinton's campaign is a mystery at all, and I didn't know that Chris Dodd was running "to restore our Constitution," but otherwise Kos is pretty much right.

6. A concession to friends, family and readers who berate me for never telling anyone about these things:

I will be appearing on Chicago Tonight: Week in Review tonight.

7. The great illegal immigrant driver's license debate:

CLINTON: Do I think this is the best thing for any governor to do? No. But do I understand the sense of real desperation, trying to get a handle on this? Remember, in New York we want to know who's in New York. We want people to come out of the shadows. He's making an honest effort to do it. We should have passed immigration reform.

OBAMA (seconds later): I think that it is a - the right idea. And I disagree with Chris [Dodd], because there is a public safety concern. We can make sure that drivers who are illegal come out of the shadows, that they can be tracked, that they are properly trained, and that will make our roads safer. That doesn't negate the need for us to reform illegal immigration.

8. This didn't come up:

"Is It Over? Outcry Over Obama's Ties to Anti-Gay Minister Caps Bad Month As Clinton Pulls Away."
- Cover of the Chicago Free Press

"Obama [said] that while he disagreed with McClurkin's views on homosexuality, including the popular black minister and gospel singer in his campaign was evidence of his desire to bring people of different opinions together."

Especially when trying to appeal to conservative South Carolina primary voters.


"At the Cedar Rapids Public Library Oct. 29, Obama faced tough scrutiny from a mother who grilled him over what he would do to give her gay son the same marital rights as heterosexuals.

"'You want the word marriage and I believe that the issue of marriage has become so entangled - the word marriage has become so entangled with religion that it makes more sense for me as president, with that authority, to talk about the civil rights that are conferred' with civil unions, Obama said, according to the Des Moines Register."

Last time I looked, marriage licenses were regulated by the government, not the church.

9. How the Bears are like Saturday Night Live:

John Belushi equals Walter Payton, Chevy Chase equals Mike Ditka, Jim McMahon equals Joe Piscopo, and Rex Grossman equals Julia Sweeney.

10. A Dairy Queen dream come true!

The Beachwood Tip Line: With sprinkles.


Posted on November 2, 2007

MUSIC - Lyric Opera Strike Settled.
POLITICS - USA Today's Op-Ed Disaster.
SPORTS - SportsMonday: Come On, Vic!

BOOKS - Chicago Book Haul: The Dial.

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