Monthly Archives: September 2016

Outwitting Danny Davis in court: How a radiologist from River Forest beat The Man

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 4:21 PM

By Jim Bowman

Writer

 The man who outwitted Congressman Danny Davis (with the help of a U.S. judge) is at your service tonight, 7 o’clock, at the Library on Lake Street.
He’s Jeff Leef, on the ballot as a REPUBLICAN opposing the venerable Mr. Davis for U.S. Representative. But it was a close call.You can read about it at Chi Trib’s “The candidate vs. the machine, a Chicago story.”

Leef, a River Forest radiologist, was knocked off the ballot by Chicago Dems magically transformed into Republican committeemen, who themselves were then knocked out by legitimate Republicans, who were then countermanded by the — guess what? — the Dem-dominated Chicago Board of Elections.

Hey, it’s Chicago, it’s Cook County. It’s how it’s done.

Finally, a federal judge said nuts to that and put him back on the ballot.

He will talk tonight about his electoral adventures and why he embarked on them at the Library.

7 to 9 o’clock closing, folks. You’re invited.

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Ken Trainor’s “Trump dilemma” revisited: What Bowman REALLY thinks . . .

I missed the boat when I politely declined to be part of Ken Trainor’s round-up of Trump supporters, etc. Had other things to do, had not sorted my thinking on the matter, but was low-energy at the time, to use a Trump-ism I find useful.

But there’s time yet to answer his questionnaire on the matter. So:

1) What is your general opinion/assessment of Donald Trump? Savior of the nation.

2) Do you think he has the temperament to serve as president? Yes.

3) Do you have reservations about voting for him? If so, why? Have none but the usual when casting vote for any candidate, and there are a lot of them, which I won’t go into right now.

4) If you are considering voting for him, what are the main reasons? #1, he’s not the Democrat candidate. #2, he’s not Hillary. #3, he broke the laws of political correctness with aplomb and without apology. I love him best of all for that. #4, he made some wonderful enemies, including Bill Kristol, whose time in the right-wing spotlight was already fading, is sputtering, is doomed to be extinguished, the more successful Trump becomes. #5, he’s an alarmingly quick learner. #6, I knew from the start he would get the better of Hillary. #7, he’s honest and articulate about the challenges ahead, a.k.a. the mess left by Obama, e.g. status of our borders, crime in our cities, severely diminished stature of U.S. in the world thanks to the Boy President’s combination of overweening self-confidence and reflexive down-playing of American interests, aided and abetted by the incompetence of Hillary as the emailing queen of world affairs. More, more, more to come.

5) If you aren’t planning to vote for him, are you leaning toward a) Voting for a third-party candidate? b) Voting for Hillary Clinton? or c) Not voting at all? DNA (does not apply).

6) How do you react when you hear all of the criticisms of Donald Trump? Bound to happen. He’s threatening progressives and other supporters of state (crony) capitalism, for whom politics is their life anyhow. He has unleashed the forces of The Left and so far conquered them. I rejoice at this.

7) Where do you see the Republican Party heading in the future? Have no idea, but if pressed I would say I expect it will get a shot in the arm from the Trump candidacy.

As summary, allow me to offer up for scorn, derision, laughter, and a small bit of keen appreciation the following things I have said as regards Trump or have reported said as worth noting, beginning from long before Ken Trainor wrote his column.

* His economic plans rock:

There was Kennedy, there was Reagan, there’s Trump . . .

First two cut taxes and promised growth.

Post-Kennedy: “The U.S. economy grew by roughly 5% yearly for nearly eight years.”

Post-Reagan: “The American economy grew mostly between 4% and 5% percent annually for over 25 years.”

Post-Trump? “This past week, Mr. Trump went a long way toward joining Kennedy and Reagan . . . ”

Read the rest, from Lawrence Kudlow, prolific apostle of free-market capitalism as the way to prosperity and advisor to Trump campaign.

— This topic to be continued —