Barack’s new f—-ing Chicago machine. Coronation is on May 16.
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Lesson #2 of the Chicago Way: The law is not an obstacle.
The deal was obvious to everyone: A Daley in the White House for a Rahm in the Mayor’s House. In January 2011, President Obama named William “Bill” Daley his White House chief of staff replacing Emanuel. All that was left was for Rahm to wrap up the mayoral election, making it easier for him to coordinate Obama’s re-election effort. It was musical chairs — machine-style.
Even Emanuel’s lack of Chicago residency would prove not to be a stumbling block. In fact, the media’s narrative would only serve to help him.
Thousands of Illinois candidates have been knocked of the ballot over the decades. It is casual Chicago political bloodsport. Back in 1995, Barack Obama forced his then-rival for Illinois State Senate Alice Palmer (who had endorsed Obama as her successor) and four other Democrat opponents off the ballot. Emanuel challenged his sole opponent in the 2004 Democrat primary, Mark A. Fredrickson, claiming he started gathering signatures too early.
In the 2011 elections, the Chicago Board of Elections knocked the only Republican candidate for mayor off the ballot because the Board conveniently lost “his” paperwork. He even had the filing receipt. An African-American candidate, Victor Rowans, received the ballot boot because he co-signed a car loan for a friend. The car incurred a $60 parking ticket unpaid at the time of the petition deadline and that was the end of Rowan’s candidacy.
But Emanuel was different. For members of the government ruling class, a legal challenge to his candidacy was unacceptable. Nationally and in Chicago, the mainstream media cried “foul” and Emanuel, for the first time in his life, was officially granted “victimhood” status.
Rahm Emanuel, a victim?
In response to the legal challenge, Rahm advisors launched a “Let Rahm Run” campaign and the catchy slogan was immediately tagged as a headline in editorials throughout the country. It’s nice when you have friends in the media, isn’t it? Emanuel must have been laughing himself silly.
Lesson #3 of the Chicago Way: The Machine will reward you.
In the end, the Illinois Supreme Court reinstated Emanuel’s name to the Chicago mayoral ballot after the appellate court knocked him off. Chicago cops, firemen, public school teachers, and city workers need to physically live in Chicago in order to work here. But the court reinterpreted the meaning of residency for Rahm Emanuel. After all, the law is not an obstacle.
On February 22, Emanuel won the election with 55% of the vote, avoiding a run-off. In total, Emanuel raised $14.5 million for his mayoral campaign from out-of-state contributors like Steven Spielberg, Donald Trump, and millions more from financial services and investment firms. For VIP tickets to his inaugural gala, Rahm is also charging $50,000 a pop. That gives you “special access” to “da Mayor.”
Fair payment for services rendered to the Chicago machine.
Lesson #4 of the Chicago Way: Know your enemies.
Going into the 2012 election, that Machine has a number of moving parts.
One of those parts is A Better Chicago PAC, a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization, which does not require disclosure of contributors. The political action committee is headed-up by Greg Goldner. Goldner managed Emanuel’s first congressional campaign, was a senior aide to Mayor Daley, managed his re-election in 2003, and was tapped by Obama for America to implement get out the vote and voter protection programs in Ohio. Back in March, the PAC funded print ads against Chris Christie in New Jersey in retaliation for Christie’s anti-tax campaign in Illinois. The PAC also funneled $445,000 in cash to pro-Rahm Chicago aldermen during the election. The payoff continues.
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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