The [Thursday] Papers
* The Iraq Study Group: Shadow government at its best.
* George W. Bush is kind of like a national version of Todd Stroger, isn't he? But does that make Bill Beavers our Dick Cheney?
* Baker-Hamilton '08.
* Rudy Giuliani was originally a member of the study group, but bailed out earlier this year. In a letter to Baker, he said, "my previous time commitments do not permit me the full and active participation that the Iraq Study Group deserves."
Rudy Giuliani: A true patriot.
He was replaced by Ed Meese.
* Newspaper editors are right - Americans just aren't interested in serious news.
* This oral history of the Iraq war is stunning in its revelation of how long ago the media knew the picture the Bush Administration was presenting of conditions on the ground had nothing to do with reality. It also shows how naive much of the media's coverage has been.
* Why do they hate us? A little history.
* The civilian death toll.
* Next from Newt: What if there had been a Baker-Hamilton Commission advising Hitler?
Yes, I can see that. No need to settle the issue ahead of time. Better to wait until the controversy provokes a crisis on the board and a legal circus ensues.
True enough. In fact, why should Stroger even show up for work? Gerald Nichols could just drop his check off every two weeks.
Hey, when the troops come home, can we bring them to Illinois for a little nation-building?
And it's really up to him to make that decision.
"I'm familiar with the commissioners who are on the county board so the transition for me to go into office will be a lot easier than for anyone else who's trying to come into the office and learn the system."
Because it's been such a problem teaching newcomers how things work.
"I know the system because it's at my home table every Sunday afternoon."
So you know how to not write a budget. Sweet.
Doing Unto Others
"I'm sorry, Mr. Steele, your daughter would be a great candidate for that job but we're going to give it to the manager's kid instead."
"I'm sorry, Mr. Steele, but those jobs are restricted to the children of those who already have them. They think it would be best for the citizenship that way."
Because that's what elected office in Illinois is - a mantle to be passed.
Wanted: The Baker-Hamilton Cook County Study Group.
So . . . half the league's pitchers are better than Lilly? As Steve Rosenbloom would say, that's so Cub.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Waiting until the next next year.
Posted on December 7, 2006
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