A review of options this evening, as culled from various news sources.
Event: Grant Park Rally
Time: 8:30 p.m. gate opens
Place: Hutchinson Field
Special Features: Guest appearance by the president-elect.
Commentary: Weight the competing impulses of participating in a historic event versus coming face-to-face with “the people.”
Event: Illinois for McCain
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: English, 444 N. LaSalle St.
Special Features: Free drinks first two hours.
Commentary: Short lines at the bar may make up for the gloomy ambiance.
Event: Onion News Network coverage
Time: 7:01 p.m.
Place: Quencher’s, 2401 N. Western Ave.
Special Feature: $2 PBR longnecks
Commentary: Beats watching real TV, but live music starts at 9 so load up on PBRs and high-tail it to another event.
Event: Bronzeville Celebration
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: Bronzeville Information Center Exhibit Gallery, 411, East 35th St.
Special Features: Frugal Joe’s Beer, $2; free popcorn
Commentary: Discover the South Side. It’s where our next president is (sort of) from.
Posted in Presidential Poop, Public Service Announcement, Punditocracy
Tagged Bronzeville, FitzGerald's, Grant Park, Hipsters for Obama, Hyde Park Hair Salon, Illinois for McCain, Jesse Jackson Jr., Sandi Jackson, Sonotheque, The Onion News Network, Tony Peraica
The McCain campaign isn’t totally dormant in Chicago. I found this list (keyed to my zip code) of upcoming events – though I also found them wanting. For example, this Friday night you can get together with fellow McCainiacs and watch . . . the first debate!
Three long hours, hosted by John Hampilos, who I’m sure is a fine human being. But geez!
The Chicago Young Republicans (also seen here) are holding “Super Saturday” events that look to be more productive; the CYRs are taking field trips to Mayfield, Ohio and Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Finally, Obama may have booked Grant Park, but the local McCain campaign will be at the Hilton Chicago on Election Night. Not necessarily a bad option: It’s free, there probably won’t be a long line at the bar, and Tony Peraica is expected, so you never know.
1. “Barack Obama wore a flag lapel pin during the first debate and John McCain did not, for those who monitor patriotic accessorizing,” Zay Smith notes in his Sun-Times Quick Takes column today.
Maybe both candidates were trolling for crossover votes.
2. “Forty-six percent of American voters are still unable to correctly identify Barack Obama as a Christian,” Smith also writes.
Yeah, but that’s a higher percentage of Republicans who identify John McCain as a Christian.
3. “The people of Cook County need a state’s attorney who is ready to run the office now, not someone ready to learn on the job,” the Sun-Times writes today in its endorsement of Anita Alvarez for Cook County State’s Attorney.
Experience will be much less important when the paper endorses Barack Obama for president – just as it was when the paper endorsed Obama over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.
Posted in Division Street, Presidential Poop, Punditocracy
Tagged Al Gore, Anita Alvarez, Barack Obama, Christopher Hitchens, Cook County, Division Street, flag pins, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Mary Mitchell, Sun-Times, Tony Peraica, Willie Horton