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October 28, 2005



PAUL GIGOT: Winners and losers, picks and pans. Tony or Tacky, our way of calling attention to the best and the worst of the week. It may be just baseball, and the season is over, but Dan finds bigger themes in the World Series victory of the Chicago White Sox. Dan, Tony or Tacky?

DAN HENNINGER: Well, there are all sorts of reasons to give a Tony for this one. I mean, how can you not love it? After 88 years the White Sox win. And last year it was the Red Sox after almost 100 years. It reminds me of the old song, "Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you." And it gives everyone kind of a reason to hope.

And secondly, I couldn't get over the starting lineup for the White Sox. It sounded like these guys had shown up from the south side neighborhood just down the street from the stadium: Konerko, Pierzynski, Podsednik. I mean, where was Mike Ditka? And finally, every game although it was four, zip every game was a terrific, fabulous competition. And this is really the reason why everyone in this country compulsively watches sports. It brings to mind the old Jim McKay, Wide World of Sports saying, "It's about the thrill the victory, and the agony of defeat." You've just got to love it.

PAUL GIGOT: I have to say, though, Dan, as a former North Sider and Chicago Cubs fan, I still don't consider it a Chicago World Series victory. Thanks, Dan.

Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser in the Ford and the first Bush administration, had some harsh criticism for the current Bush policy in Iraq. James?

JAMES TARANTO: This is a Tacky for Brent Scowcroft, who is described as a foreign policy realist that is, somebody who believes that America should unsentimentally pursue its own interests and not be distracted by idealistic or humanitarian consideration in foreign policy. In an interview with The New Yorker, he described a conversation he has in 2003 with his successor, now the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in which he spoke disdainfully of the democratization of Iraq and of the rejection of autocratic Arab governments. And he said, we supported these autocratic Arab governments. "We've had 50 years of peace."

Here's a partial list of Middle Eastern wars between 1953 and 2003: The Suez War, the Six Day War, the Yom Kippur War, the Iran/Iraq War, the Gulf War, the two Palestinian intifadas against Israel, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the subsequent civil war and the US-led war of liberation. And civil wars in Lebanon, Algeria, Yemen and Sudan, twice in Sudan. Not to mention terrorism and 9/11. Fifty years of peace? That doesn't sound very realistic to me.

PAUL GIGOT: All right James, thanks. And finally, back to baseball. Kind of. A Houston lawyer is suing major league baseball because, she says, the decision to leave the roof open at Minute Maid Park during the World Series in 50-degree weather made some fans sick. John?

JOHN FUND: Paul, author Philip Howard talks about the death of reason. That's where our legal system is taking us. Well it's now infecting the national pastime. Now, maybe Commissioner Bud Selig did a mistake by having the roof open, insisting on that. But this is surely insane. And this is in a state, Texas, that has had major tort reform. I have to tell you, if anything proves we need more tort reform, it's this case.

PAUL GIGOT: And you've got to love open air stadiums, John. Thanks.

That's it for this edition of the Journal Editorial Report. Thank you from all of us. We'll be back next week and we hope you'll join us then.