Barack’s new f—-ing Chicago machine. Coronation is on May 16.
The Southside Chicago neighborhood of Beverly — on its surface, it hasn’t changed much over the years. It still has more Irish pubs than any place in Chicago. Pleasant old ladies still tend to their immaculate tree-lined front yards. Capacity crowds still fill the pews at St. Barnabas and Christ the King. Kids still ride their squeaky bikes to Rainbow Cone in the summer. Irish clans, with surnames like Hynes, Joyce, Keane and, yes, Daley, still mark the area as their political “turf.” All cogs in the wheel of Chicago’s well-oiled Democrat political machine.
It is the Irish Catholic edge of the 1st Congressional District represented by former Black Panther Defense Minister Rep. Bobby Rush. The Hawaiian-transplant, then State Senator Barack Obama, ran and lost his first race for Congress here in 2000. Salty newspaper reporters, Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonists, and Louis Farrakhan have lived here too. This is the politically-powerful 19th ward of Chicago. The borderline of civilization.
At least, it was powerful once. With Rahm Emanuel soon to be inaugurated (some would say coronated) mayor of Chicago, operatives wonder if any of the “old rules” will still apply. But has anything really changed?
For most of Chicago’s rank and file, “turf” has had very little to do with political ideology. It has everything to do with survival: Who gets what? Or, more realistically, who gets not? For a paycheck and a retirement package, they’ll believe anything you want. Global warming. Carbon credits to erase your carbon footprint. Government-run healthcare. Rights for garden vegetables. You name it.
Chicago-style progressivism also helps keep other disparate ethnic, racial, and other politically challenged factions toeing the line. Ultimately, the end-game is the same: consolidation of power into one government ruling class. That’s why Democrat elites have never had a problem with classism. It’s the politically correct form of discrimination. As a Chicago ward boss once said, “We don’t want nobody nobody sent.” Ain’t it the truth.
This is the way it has been here for almost a century, ever since Anton Cermak, a Bohemian immigrant, defeated William Hale “Big Bill” Thompson, the last Republican mayor of Chicago, back in 1931. It is still the same machine of Richard J. Daley, the “Father,” who ruled Chicago with an iron fist and a tangled tongue for 21 years from 1955 to 1976. The old school cops who live in Mount Greenwood, and who still keep the Old Man’s photo on their mantels (along with JFK and the Pope), will tell you that. Outwardly, it’s Barack Obama’s machine. It’s Rahm “Deadfish” Emanuel’s machine. But it’s really just the same machine.
The big difference now is that machine has gone global and, in 2012, the stakes are higher than they have ever been before. In order to defeat the Machine, you need to understand its components and its modus operandi.
So what are the lessons of the Chicago Way?
Lesson #1 of the Chicago Way: Power attracts the corruptible (especially if his name is Rahm).
Key Obama operatives and allies have moved from D.C. back to Chicago. Former White House deputy chief of staff Jim Messina is managing the President’s $1 billion re-election effort from a 50,000 square foot headquarters at Chicago’s One Prudential Plaza. Fortunately for Messina, there will be no need to worry about anymore legal trip wires of the Hatch Act or Sestak or Romanoff-style Jobgate hiccups.
David Axelrod, former Senior White House advisor and longtime friend of Mayor Richard M. Daley, the “Son,” is here too.
Overseeing it all — unofficially, of course — is former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, who ascends the Chicago mayoral throne on May 16.
Rahm Emanuel. The same f-bomb bastard who made $18 million in two years as a Wall Street investment banker without any financial experience by leveraging his political contacts. The same steak knife-wielding, deadfish mobster wannabe who received $320,000 sitting not-so-pretty on Freddie Mac’s do-nothing board and who looked the other way when the government-sponsored mortgage giant misreported billions in income to deceive investors. Freddie and Fannie Mae gave him an additional $50,000 for his first congressional campaign.
Just a few years later, collapsing under the deadweight of its subprime mortgage shell game, Freddie Mac’s failure would be regarded as one of the precipitating event of the Housing Market Meltdown of 2008. As Emanuel infamously said once, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” He never has.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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H/T to National Review Online