Actually, there is no good news, so let’s jump right in. Check out this lovely little piece from today’s NYT:
The plan, which is awaiting approval, calls for running commercials linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose race-related sermons made him a highly charged figure in the 2008 campaign.
“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way,” says the proposal, which was overseen by Fred Davis and commissioned by Joe Ricketts, the founder of the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade. Mr. Ricketts is increasingly putting his fortune to work in conservative politics.
The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama’s former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as “black liberation theology.”
The group suggested hiring as a spokesman an “extremely literate conservative African-American” who can argue that Mr. Obama misled the nation by presenting himself as what the proposal calls a “metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln.”
Um … is this because Obama is a Sox fan, Joe?
To be serious for a second, the not-so-subtle race-baiting in this proposal is, to say the least, alarming. However, I would like to point out that this is only a “proposal” that has not been approved by Ricketts. What’s more, for all we know, Ricketts has 150 of these things and this is just one. On the other hand, people create proposals that they think a client will accept. So there’s that.
I would imagine that, if Papa Ricketts is going to finance this kind of thing, Rahm can make it pretty difficult to get Wrigley renovated.
After reading that this morning, last night’s 9th inning doesn’t look so bad, does it?
But the bullpen failed again, giving up seven runs in the final two innings in a 9-2 loss to the Phillies.
“There’s no easier way to pop up than after somebody kicks you in the teeth,” Garza said. “You’re ticked off and you’re going to get up and make sure it doesn’t happen again. That’s the kind of guys we have — guys who aren’t going to quit and hide and put their tails between their legs.
“They’re going to come back, work their butts off and make sure that crap doesn’t happen again. That’s what we have, and that’s what we need here.”
Carlos Ruiz’s homer off Shawn Camp put the Phillies ahead in the eighth before Scott Maineand Michael Bowden gave up six in the ninth, including Hector Luna’s grand slam off Bowden.
It was at that point that the game and I parted ways, so I’m not sure if anything worth mentioning happened after that point, but I’m going to go ahead and say, if anything DID happen, it was completely irrelvent.
In minor news yesterday, the Cubs put Lendy Castillo on the DL with broken groin and called up Scott Maine to replace him.
The Cubs and Phillies are back in action tonight, and I’m lucky enough to get to hang out in the New Era box. I shall wave to you all from my heated abode while eating carrot cake and drinking wine. And speaking a New Era, they were kind enough to send over this latest video installment of their crosstown commercial: