Sunday, June 27, 2004

SSC Takes Applications

For the U.S. Senate Seat, that is.

I've heard a bunch of names bantied about and some make sense and others don't. The obviously most intriguing one is Patrick Fitzgerald. It seems like he's not interested in the job. His spokesman for the 'G' says:

“[Patrick Fitzgerald] is not running for any electoral office. He has had no discussions with anyone about this matter," Sanborn said. "He is very happy with and intends to keep performing the job he has. I am denying there is anything to this whatsoever.”

So, of course, the Illinois Leader (the conspiracy theorists that they are), say that the 'insiders' floating Fitzy's name just want him out of Illinois. There may be a bit of truth to that, but more importantly, he may be the only guy that can win.

There are some other interesting names that I can think of.

Corrine Wood. I always thought that this was going to be her seat. She had to run for Governor a few years back. She could have passed, ran around the state raising money for everybody, and then this probably would have been handed to her. Oh well. Now maybe she's worth another look.

There's others, and as the week goes on, we'll talk about them all...

Odenkirk Goes Down

It looks like Budweiser outsmarted Miller. I really like Bob Odenkirk and I thought that those commercials were pretty funny, but the Bud ones are great zingers.

I never knew the Miller wasn't American.

This is a great response ad campaign.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Draft Ditka Comes Alive

There's so much out there, it's hard to digest it all. I've been reading all afternoon, and I'm not anywhere near the end of it.

It's going to be interesting. This will certainly make a fun case-study. How someone who won a primary walked away from a General Election....

On another note, check out Draft Ditka. My dreams have become a reality. The site is not in conjunction with Leader Cross. Some operatives have cobbled it together.

Thinking about it, this movement should be for real.

The ILGOP can't take more hits.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

I Stand Corrected

A few days ago, I posted some comments about Mr. Rich Miller and his abilities as a journalist, commentator, web designer, and as a Don Juan.

Yesterday, I checked the ole' inbox and I got this friendly reminder from Rich:


To: chris@joincross.com
From: capitolfax@aol.com

Subject Playboy?

not any more, bubbah. playboy is married


I stand corrected. My apologies to the lovely Mrs. Miller.

Lunch Encounter with Rick Klau

I just got back from lunch with Rick Klau who made his name with the Dean for America Campaign.

I have to tell you...He's such a genuine nice guy. Very knowledgeable and respectful. He's clearly a partisan, and so am I, but he had some nice comments and suggestions for us and our blog.

1. Improve the blog format
2. Start a Diary over at Daily Kos
3. Read "interface"

and others.

Thanks, Rick.

I want to hook back up with him in the future. He's so knowledgeable about the future of all this stuff. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

The Terminal

Am I the only nerd who gets a big grin on his face when he hears "End of the Line" by the Travelling Wilbury's during the commercial for "The Terminal" with Tom Hanks.

For those of you guys who don't know about the Wilbury's, I would check them out. Volume One is amazing and Volume Three ain't bad either.

Some people call "Full Moon Fever" by Tom Petty Volume Two.

They're such a power. Put on Side Two of Volume One and it is pure heaven. These guys were such giants solo, but put together, they're amazing. I was never a big Jeff Lynn guy....

you know....

Don't bring me dooooowwwwnnnn, Brrrrruce.
Don't bring me dooooowwwwnnnn, Brrrrruce.

The ELO stuff never did it for me, but I became a beliver when those 90's Beatles stuff came out. You know, "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love".

Listen to those, and then put on a Wilbury's record, and you can tell that Jeff really held his own in the TW sessions.

There's some cool stuff on this guys site. It's a bit elementary, but that's all that's out there. 

"And the only studio that we could find available was Bob's. So we thought, Bobs got one, we'll just call him up." - George Harrison


You'd think that they'd put up a sweet site, now that George and Roy are dead. Rerelease the catalog and make a bunch of dough.

I guess that's about enough about music for a bit. The boss' might have to meet to discuss the fact that this blog has:
1. Gassed up on Jack!
2. Had 3 posts on Chris' music interests
3. Actually has traffic on it, so they're about fed up with me

All that...in the past 24 hours.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Illinois Leader Lampoons

We're getting chatted up over at the Leader. Here's part:
I'm guessing that part of the blog stratagey is to attract different people to the party.  Get them to read something politically related. As a 44 year old man,  I understand your comments about getting the message across about lower taxes and less government, but how many 22 year olds really care about that??? I  think some of the stuff is silly too , but how are we going to attract younger people to get involved?   Why is Rock the Vote so popular?  Blogging is "hip" to a younger generation.   This generation want's to be entertained..  We need to draw new, young people to our party.  How do we do that??  One way is to attempt to entertain them.  

I couldn't have said it better myself. I mean....I guess this is a mostly my personal spot to point out things about Cross, the House Republicans, the state of the Illinois Party, and other things that I find interesting. I am a 26 year old guy, who is a republican. We have a ton to offer young people in the GOP. This is one small way to get a little perspective of our 'team". Maybe we ought to be more serious....maybe. But, this lets people see what we are all about.

To me, this is more about 'community-building' than message disbursement. I want to build a community that people will turn to. Come to Tom Cross if you are old, come if you are young. We'll let you know about us and if you like what you see, join our team.
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