November 21, 2010
Rahma Lama Gang Bang
Heh, looks like Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to the Obamacle, won't have as smooth a cruise to the mayorality of Chicago as he expected, once his boss had leaned on Jesse Jackson, jr., to get out of Rahm's way. (The signature campaign strategy of Barack H. Obama: force all the "pretenders" from the ballot, run unopposed, then claim a mandate due to the landslide victory over the Invisible Man.)
All for nought, as yesterday, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun confirmed that she definitely is running against him:
After filing signature petitions last week to run for mayor, Braun's announcement was certainly no surprise. She had several local elected leaders supporter her at her rally, including U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, who led the crowd in a "Yes Carol Can!" chant, borrowing from the "Yes We Can" mantra used by President Barack Obama....
Almost at the beginning of her 24-minute speech, Braun took a shot at one of her mayoral opponents, Rahm Emanuel, for speeches and commercials he's aired stating the election to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley means Chicagoans need to decide if they will pick a leader who will help Chicago "continue to be a great city or become a second tier city."
"Mr. Emanuel, your commercials pose a completely false choice," she said. "You may not understand it, but the challenge we face is not whether Chicago will be a second tier city, but whether our city will be great for all its citizens."
The election will be held on February 22nd, with a runoff (if no candidate gets a majority of the vote) on April 5th. The orgy of opponents multiplies like bacteria:
Others who have said they are running for mayor include former Chicago Board of Education President Gery Chico, City Clerk Miguel del Valle, U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and state Sen. James T. Meeks.
The only poll I've seen of the race that included Moseley Braun has Emanuel up by 36% to 14% (for Danny Davis), with 13% for Moseley Braun. But this poll was taken before she had formally joined the race; I expect her stock to rise, now that she's made the announcement. But even with these numbers, it looks like Rahm Emanuel is headed towards a runoff, not a Blitzkrieg. (The poll was administered by the Chicago Teamsters Joint Council 25 -- take it for what it's worth!)
I know Emanuel is no leftist-progressive ideologue, like so many of Barack H. Obama's other appointees. But he's a soulless, calculating, unprincipled politico who sees truths and lies simply as arrows in his quiver -- and a seeming Zionist who eagerly served Barack Obama, the most anti-Israel, anti-Zionist president since Franklin Roosevelt. (In fact, Obama appears, from his associates, actually to be antisemitic as well as anti-Israel, which probably was not true of FDR.)
I'm quite happy to see Rahm Emanuel given grief and exasperation in his quest to follow in the footloops of Richard Daley, jr. It couldn't happen to a dicier fellow.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, November 21, 2010, at the time of 10:05 PM
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Carol Moseley Braun?
Has Chicago sunk this low?
Weren't there any convicted felons from the Detroit City Council available?
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