What's your prediction for the 10th in 2008? Yes, yes, we're going to have an election and either Mark Kirk, and one of the Dem candidates (Dan Seals or Jay Footlik), will be sent (back) to Congress to represent us. But you can do better than that. What will be the defining issues that will shape this election? Will they be driven by "external" issues, like the national presidential ticket, and/or international problems like Pakistan? Will it be internal issues like immigration, health care and the economy? Or might it be "external" issues that have a big impact on many locals, like Israel, as we have suggested here? Discuss.
MEANWHILE: Here's that clip of Mark Kirk being interviewed by Fox Chicago Sunday. Take a look at the whole thing. Pay attention to the facts being cited and analysis that Congressman Kirk gives on the Pakistan situation, and other issues such as Lake Michigan contamination. Then decide if Kirk is merely "grandstanding" (not sure what that even means, exactly), as some have suggested, or if Kirk is doing what a congressman is supposed to do, i.e., become immersed in the issues that affect the U.S. and the 10th District, make the tough decisions, and come home and report on what's going on. There's a reason why no one is interested in having Dan Seals and Jay Footlik on T.V. to discuss Pakistan and other weighty issues. Simply put, they have nothing to say, and the amount of sour grapes that is going on over at "the other blog" is simply astounding.