The [Thursday] Papers
And so it begins. Last night at 6:50 p.m. I received a call on my cell phone from 202-466-1652. It was an automated survey asking my preferences between the following potential mayoral candidates (and in this order):
* Ed Burke
I was instructed to "Press 1 for Ed Burke, Press 2 for Bill Daley" and so on. I pressed 9 for Meeks just so I could go on and see what the rest of the call had in store. (In no way do I support Meeks; somehow I figured he was the most harmless pick in this particular situation.)
I was then asked "for statistical purposes only" about my gender and race.
So there you have it.
UPDATE 10:06 A.M.: This must have been the poll.
The Mayoral Odds: We've got 'em.
Bleepin' Golden Panel
Creampuffs and Coach Smirk
You may as well ask how many people think Blagojevich is a Muslim for the same news value.
Chaos? In other cities it's called life-as-usual. You know, an election is coming up, a bunch of people think about running, a few do and someone is chosen. It might even happen again four years later!
The Jackson Three
He was a breath of fresh air last night on Chicago Tonight making the familiar yet continually submerged point that the further you get from the Loop, the less Chicago looks like the gleaming city in the imaginations of reporters, pundits and the mayor's PR squad.
By contrast, Sandi Jackson continues to be stunningly unimpressive.
SANDI JACKSON: We've not had a discussion about it. My husband and I have not had a chance to discuss it.
PHIL PONCE: You've not?
SANDI JACKSON: Absolutely not.
So you're telling us, Sandi, that the moment you heard Daley was stepping down neither you nor your husband hit the speed-dial to each other to discuss the news and broach the topic of running, even though you're not yet ruling it out?
I mean, it is possible - if they decided long ago that they were both too toxic given Junior's problems arising from the Blago trial. But still . . . it's unfathomable.
"I'm considering it," Sandi said on Wednesday. "I love campaigns."
Maybe we could rent a barn!
Then again, Obama endorsed the last mayor who was elected with the help of an illegal patronage army . . .
More Pathetic Than Funny
The Beachwood Tip Line: Scrootening daily.
Posted on September 9, 2010
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