Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, or Evan Bayh?
Oh, you silly country rubes. There is not an audacious name in that bunch.
On Saturday, Barack Obama will return to the initial scene of his crimes against humanity with his vice presidential choice in tow.
Does the phrase, "We're putting the band back together," mean anything to you, Chicago?
That's right, Obama's choice will be a friend to lobbyists big and small, the master of economic disaster, a man of few usually unintelligible words, and the man at whose ample teet Obama suckled for his seven vanilla years in the Illinois State Senate--I am of course talking about retiring State Senate President Emil Jones.
The campaign commercials write themselves: Let the Chicago Democrats do for America what they have done to Illinois.
While some may view this as the ultimate patronage hire, that take misses Emil Jones' robust record as an agent of change.
Think of all of the change Illinois has realized during Jones' tenure as Senate President and Governor Rod Blagojevich's BFF.
For example, Illinois has shed 60,000 manufacturing jobs, currently enjoying an unemployment rate 28% higher than the national average.
Not convinced? What if I told you that Illinois is number one in the nation in its unfunded pension liability?
Still not sure Jones is the best choice?
Did I mention that Illinois is 44th in the nation in per capita income growth?
One has to appreciate how difficult it is to rack up numbers like that in a state with the logistical advantages, transportation infrastructure, corporate bases, and post-secondary educational institutions that exist in Illinois.
To achieve these changes, one must have the fortitude to stare down common sense policies and say, "Not on my watch."
Jones has shown this willingness to discard conventional wisdom-and the laws of supply and demand. While other politicians offer up loose talk in support of higher taxes, onerous, job-killing regulations and politically expedient subsidies, Jones has always been a man of action.
So who better than Jones to ride point for Obama's carbon tax and his capital gains tax increase and his income tax hike and…well, you get the idea.
+++++Proft v. Kurth on WBEZ's "848" talking VeepstakesI also had the opportunity to square off against a worthy adversary in Democrat (she hates when I say "Democrat" instead of "Democratic") strategist Kitty Kurth, a principal with Kurth Lampe, a strategic communications firm in Chicago on WBEZ-Chicago Public Radio's well-regarded "848" program for a lively discussion about the upcoming vice presidential selections of both Sens. McCain and Obama. Mild-mannered host Richard Steele deftly managed our spirited exchange.
Take a listen.
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