People you’d love to see run for office

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People you’d love to see run for office
By Ray Hanania – I was listening to the media blah, blah, blah about Sarah Palin guest hosting on the Today Show to counter the very popular Katie Couric on Good Morning America.

For NBC, it’s a chance to hit back at Couric who left to try her hand at the evening news. For Plain, it’s a chance to hit back at Couric, too, who asked what should have been a simple question for a vice presidential candidate to answer: what do you read?

That presumes the questions that Sarah Palin is an avid reader of current affairs news. Clearly, at least from the compelling HBO docu-drama about Palin’s pathetic performance as John McCain’s running mate, “Game Change,” Palin doesn’t know what current affairs is.

Now, I dislike the mainstream media and love the phrase “lame stream media” that Palin has been using the bash the media bashers. But, since Palin has been using it, I think I’ll let her keep it to herself.

Who wants to be associated with her?

Her spitball “anyone but Obama” mantra reminds me of the racism that fueled the candidacy of Bernard Epton whose backers embraced his “before it’s too late” campaign line with A mantra similar to Palin’s, “anyone but Harold Washington.”

I did wonder if I could pick who should run for public office, who that might be. And I noticed a story about former Gov. Jim Edgar moving to Springfield, but assuring the “lame stream media” that he’s not planning a return to politics.

That’s too bad. Edgar was one of the best politicians this state ever had. He was kind of like Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton, on a local statewide level.

I wish he would reconsider and enter the race to help bring the Illinois Titanic from sinking.

He’d make a great candidate.

I also kind of wish Rich Daley would come back. While Mayor Daley forgot all of his Southwest Side friends who helped him get elected, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a mean streak that is unbecoming of a politician. It fits more to the personality of a piranha.

But who really wants a Chicago mayor who is a piranha? Well, maybe, the writers of the exciting Starz original TV series that is on hiatus these days, “Boss,” which starred Kelsey Grammer and featured a mayor who had an alderman whacked, took drugs and was all about infidelity.

Is this what happens to a country that has become the singularly most important and powerful country in the whole wide world? That we rise to the pinnacle of success only to see ourselves disintegrate from within, led to the slaughter by incompetent officials who care only about their own images rather than the principles that once made this country so great?

When things were tougher, and we weren’t so secure, we were a far better people as a civilization.

But We Americans have Been spoiled by success. We have become mean, greedy and not very good at doing the things that we claim is our foundation.

Two out of the three in “Baseball, mom and apple pie” are no longer affordable – baseball and apple pie. And you can add gasoline to that list. And many mom’s are all alone, left to raise families and scrounge for their living.

What have we become?

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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