Four years ago, toward the end of my stint covering the storied town of Cicero for the Chicago Tribune, I first crossed paths with Dan Proft.
He was the campaign manager who helped engineer Larry Dominick's upset victory over incumbent Ramiro Gonzalez as town president and since then he has served as the town's spokesman, among other duties.
In basketball, I've come to appreciate Dan's set-shot abilities from 22 feet and beyond, though he really does need to work on his drive to the hoop.
And in the arena of political commentary, he continually finds a fresh take on things, rife with historical context, pop culture references that span the generations and some well-justified cynicism (after all, in the wake of the Jack Ryan-for-U.S. Senate meltdown five years ago, Proft was stuck with Alan Keyes as the Republican nominee/sacrificial lamb against Barack Obama.)
Today's Proft commentary, as part of his ongoing observations that air on the Don Wade & Roma Morning Show on WLS Radio AM-890, offered a hilarious take on the imminent departure of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Take a few minutes to see how Proft weaves in Ted Kennedy driving off a cliff, a swipe at actor Dermot Mulroney, and the phrase "gaggle of middle-aged, man-hating shrews in sensible shoes" into his commentary, "The Circus Won't Be The Same."
The link also provides an audio option, for those interested in gleaning the full effect of Proft's sardonic jabs.