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The Weekend Desk Report

"One of the best-known sayings about politics is missing something. In a 1985 speech at Yale University, former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo said, 'We campaign in poetry, but when we're elected, we're forced to govern in prose,'" Brian Mackey writes for Illinois Issues.

"But that formulation omits one of the dominant aspects of modern politics: fundraising. Intermingled with campaigning in poetry and governing in prose, one might charitably say candidates raise money in the language of sales and marketing. Less charitably, one might say they fundraise in psychological manipulation.

"For better and worse, political campaigns have caught up to the marketing techniques that private enterprise has been using for years. Micro-targeting, price anchoring and a remarkable precision of language have, from a financial standpoint, been good for candidates. But is it good for our political system?"


By the way, Mario Cuomo may have campaigned in poetry, and some would argue that Barack Obama (and Bill Clinton) does too, but precious few others do. The real trick, though, is to find folks who will govern in poetry, too.

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The Beachwood Radio Hour #31: Raunocchio-Elect
Phony Bruce, Quinn's Rose Garden, Late & Never, Journesia, and The Combine Transitions. Plus: They came to watch Nik Wallenda live, not die.


Beachwood Sports Weekend
* The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #25: Kickstarting The Bears.

Bench Shea, hurt Rodgers. Plus: College Football's Iron Lotus; Derrick Rosebud; Joe Maddon Facts; and Kickstart The Blackhawks!

* The College Football Report: John The Baptist's Separation Saturday.
Winnowing fork at hand.

* The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Mapping The Path To The Playoffs.
Contains actual map.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "The Shins frontman James Mercer and super-producer Danger Mouse are the celestial rock duo Broken Bells. The pair joins Sound Opinions in Portland, Oregon for a special live performance and conversation."


* Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Struggles To Define Vision.

Click through for my brief commentary on this all-too-common idiocy.

* Exclusive: Potential Buyers Checking Out Two Citgo Refineries.

One of the refineries is in Lemont.

* Rookie Jordan Card Fails To Sell At Auction.

No one met the minimum $60,000 price tag.






Posted on November 8, 2014

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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