Washington is no place for the political novice, the faint of heart or the poorly informed.
Washington is a place for men and women of clear convictions prepared to engage in vigorous debate to advance the interests of all Americans and our nation's place in the world.
That is why we are endorsing Republican Jim Oberweis, the ice cream man with the admittedly rancorous edge, for Congress in Saturday's special election in the 14th District. We don't share Oberweis' views on all the issues, but we respect that he knows exactly where he stands and would jump feet first into the job, unlike his remarkably tepid opponent, Democrat Bill Foster.
We see the irony in this endorsement. The Sun-Times in recent months has made a point of returning to its political roots, speaking with a more progressive editorial voice than our competitor, the conservative Chicago Tribune. Yet now we find ourselves backing Oberweis, a rock-ribbed Republican, while the Tribune sides with Foster. Like all leaders, Oberweis has a point of view, which he argues forcefully and effectively.
But after meeting at length with both candidates, this endorsement was not such a difficult call. Oberweis was forceful and informed, while Foster was a disappointment. Though a respected physicist, he failed to do his homework, unable to discuss important issues in anything but superficial terms.
Lets look at that last sentence again.
Though a respected physicist, he failed to do his homework, unable to discuss important issues in anything but superficial terms.
So after running for over a year he can't answer questions with any depth, if you ask me that is more important that if you like the tone of a someone ads.