Friday, February 01, 2008

Radio appearances on WGN, WLS

On the eve of Tsunami Tuesday, I'll be on Bruce DuMont's Beyond the Beltway with GOP operative Dan Proft and founder Tom Bevan where I will continue to boldly predict that our next President of the United States of America will be Chicago's very own Barack Obama. The program will air live this Sunday from 6 pm to 8 pm CST on lots of radio stations around the nation, including WLS, and will be on television later that night (and on Monday in the suburbs).

I also just came across an mp3 file of my appearance on WGN's Milt Rosenberg show from late December where I debated Mark Stricherz, the author of Why the Democrats Are Blue who tries to make the case that by using proportional representation for delegates in the Democratic Nominating Convention and a 50% rule for female delegates, the party has been a losing proposition. (It's a great read for fans of procedural politics, to see how the McGovern Commission convened and drafted democratic rules for delegate selection in the late 60s and early 70s that we use to this day). His thesis is flawed, in my view, as we're in the midst of a Democratic resurgence and we're a stronger party with participatory procedures rather than exclusionary rules.

One neat thing about the interview: at the end of the show, Congressman Dan Lipinski calls in as a pro-life Democrat and take Mark's view of the world that the Democratic Party is not friendly to pro-lifers. He also mistakenly calls MoveOn a pro-choice organization and blames the pro-choice movement as the force behind the campaigns of his opponents (mostly referring, one would think, to Mark Pera who is a more progressive candidate than Jerry Bennett).

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