Updated: January 31, 2014 6:14AM
It’s the time of year for new beginnings, dear readers. I made a list, and checked it twice, of resolutions for 2014.
To President Barack Obama. Enough already of the mea culpas on the disastrous rollout of Obama care. Resolve to get your health care program fixed, once and for all. Or be prepared for disaster for the Democrats in the fall 2014 elections.
To the political pundits, consultants and all-around wags: Resolve to stop making decisions for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Cease the “will she/won’t she’s.” The presidential run decision is highly personal, and she will make it in her own time. Don’t be surprised if she says no.
Gov. Pat Quinn: As the gubernatorial campaign heats up, please retire that stump line: “Everybody in, nobody out.” Yes, it is so you, but also so ’70s. Send it the way of the dinosaurs and beanie babies. It’s extinction time.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle should resolve to dig in the heels of her sensible shoes and say “no, thanks” to the anti-Rahm posse. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s critics are on the hunt, beseeching Preckwinkle to challenge him in the 2015 mayoral election. The popular Preckwinkle should stay the course of her reform agenda and let some other politician have all the “fun.”
Emanuel, for his part, claims he is having fun. The former White House aide and chief of staff, congressman and investment banker says being mayor is his best job ever. If he wants to keep it, he should learn to develop a deft touch. The sledgehammer is getting very old.
Couch potatoes, fasten your seat belts. Thanks to the almighty SuperPAC, voters will be subjected to an avalanche of pricey political TV ads in the 2014 election campaigns. Most will be viciously deceptive. Don’t be fooled again by the sex, lies and videotape. Resolve to ignore the noise.
Word on the political hustings says that U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush may be planning to announce his retirement before his likely re-election to a 12th congressional term. The whispers say Rush may be planning to rig a deal to name a close aldermanic ally as his replacement on the November ticket. Representative Rush, don’t do it. The voters of Illinois’ 1st Congressional District deserve to choose their representative.
Meanwhile, the House Ethics Committee and the IRS should resolve to take a hard look at Rush’s campaign spending and a non-profit he founded. A recent investigation by the Better Government Association raises many questions, i.e., why can’t the veteran congressman account for a $1 million grant to build a technology center in Englewood? Let’s hope the feds have the “resolve” to find out where all the money went.
Our assemblage of Illinois elected officials should promise to get us through 2014 without anyone getting indicted, convicted or put in the slammer (I can dream, can’t I?).
Finally, one of my own. The Fat Nag wasn’t dreaming when she got on the scale the other day. After years of preaching the theology of Getting the Fat out, she was most alarmed. The Nag won’t stop preaching, but she’ll need to do a lot more practicing.
A peaceful and prosperous 2014 to you!