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Rahm Emanuel's next (political) step


Can Rahm Emanuel get elected mayor of Chicago? Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

From almost the moment he took the job as chief of staff to President Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel has made clear that he wants to return to public office in the not-to-distant future.

Emanuel, who left his Chicago-area congressional seat and his leadership position in the House to serve as Obama's chief adviser, went public with those intentions during an interview with PBS' Charlie Rose on Monday.

"I hope Mayor Daley seeks re-election," Emanuel told Rose. "I will work and support him if he seeks reelection. But if Mayor Daley doesn't, one day I would like to run for mayor of the city of Chicago."

That's a big "if" when it comes to Daley -- the iconic mayor of Chicago who was been in office since 1989 and later this year will break the record (held by Richard J. Daley, his father) for longest tenure in the job.

In a recent New Yorker profile of Daley, which, inexplicably, is not online in its entirety, Evan Osnos wrote of the Mayor's future plans:

"Daley's approval rating had dropped into the thirties, and reporters began to talk about whether he would run for a seventh term when he faces re-election next year. He hasn't decided, he says, and has chided reporters who have 'already put me in the grave.' There are pressures on him at home. In December, [his wife] Maggie Daley underwent a round of radiation treatments for a tumor in her leg, a setback in an eight-year fight against metastatic breast cancer. All the speculation seemed only to reinforce the consensus that there is nobody in Chicago politics who has remotely the power or the money or the recognition to defeat him."

The other x-factor in determining Daley's next step is a set of campaign finance laws that will be in place for the 2011 mayoral race, restrictions that would force Daley to raise far more small-dollar contributions than he ever has before and, as a result, begin his re-election race far earlier, according to one Illinois Democratic strategist.

"This likely forces a go/no go decision by the Mayor by June 2010 or so in order to raise the money to run a real race, which might cost as much as $7 million," said the source.

Even with those considerations, it's clear from conversations with a variety of Democrats with knowledge of Chicago politics that if Daley runs, Daley wins.

If he doesn't, however, Emanuel is a major player in the race and with his Daley connections -- he served as finance chairman for Daley's 1989 mayoral race -- and his fundraising capacity would likely drive many potential candidates from the contest.

But, informed Democrats suggested that not even Daley -- or President Obama -- could totally clear the mayoral field of credible candidates, many of who have been waiting a very long time for an opening.

Among the potential Democratic candidates mentioned: former Chicago schools head Paul Vallas, Reps. Mike Quigley, Jesse Jackson Jr. and Luis Gutierrez, soon-to-be Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan, Illinois state Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, Cook County Clerk of Circuit Court Dorothy Brown , Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and state Sen. Kwame Raoul. (Whew. That's a lot of names.)

If the mayor's race isn't open in 2011, the Emanuel's options are, to quote Adam Sandler's "goat", pretty much limited -- and heavily dependent on Democratic candidates losing this fall.

To give Emanuel an opening at either the governor's mansion in 2014 or the Senate in 2016 (and it's hard to imagine he would wait that long to get back into the political game), either Gov. Pat Quinn (D) or state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias (D) would need to lose their bids in November.

A loss by either -- and that scenario isn't terribly hard to fathom -- would give Emanuel an opening to run against a Republican. Otherwise, it's impossible to imagine that he would primary a fellow Democrat.

Knowing Emanuel, it's equally impossible to fathom that he wouldn't find a way back into elected office some time in the relatively near future. Fortune favors the bold and Emanuel is nothing if not bold.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2010; 11:44 AM ET
Categories:  White House  | Tags: Barack Obama, Charlie Rose, Chicago, Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel  
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All,

I've been busy writing and reporting and not as active in comments section. Please send me any offending comments so we can get rid of bad actors.

Thanks,
Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | April 16, 2010 5:37 PM
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Do your own work! Besides all these half-cocked articles aren't real work. Was hoping they fired your assssssssssssss

Posted by: danson1 | April 21, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Rahm,

I have it on a very reliable source....Mayor Daley will not seek re-election!

Mayor Emanuel?.....hmmmmm.....Has a nice ring!

Posted by: danson1 | April 21, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

It is unclear why Rahm would want to be Mayor. The Jewish constituency here is right wing and overtly extreme. Does Rahm hope to tender imbalance against the Catholics? Does he intend to lend a liberal lean against the right, or just another Jewish front of unity to ensure that in the future scandals like that of Ralph Mecyzk, Melvin Kaplan, Stuart Levine, Jacob Kiferbaum, Darryl Goldberg, Jerry Bauer and Joel Greenberg don't undermine Jewish dominance in a city that has suffered enough from this?
I hope that if Mayor Daley does not run for reelection that the next Mayor is not a Jewish liberal, but a Black representative of the minorities who actualy lives in the city and not one of the wealthy suburbanites who have made it into a ghetto.

Posted by: ju1234 | April 21, 2010 5:57 AM | Report abuse


As for the Southern POverty Law Center,

it has been traditionally staffed by and most interested in anything that involves anti-semitism.

They were useful enough through the civil rights legislation days, and still probably have a hand, somewhat on the
picture now.
But don't forget what their interest is.

Go examine who is on the board and staff for a true picture of their work.

Posted by: whistling | April 20, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

and he has all this -- and yet he posts every 4 minutes on a blog, for let's see now -- 5 hours so far. and it will go on for about 10 more.

==

Not to mention hours spent in preparation, reading NR and Drudge and collecting pithy screeds to paste-post.

And it's taking its toll. Reduced to birther junk now.

Reading posts from and talking to Republicans, "happy" is not a description that would come to mind.

And I seriously doubt the part about reading books. Far too many grammar fahts from the goobers here, far too many unlettered writing styles. Avid reading is reflected in legible writing. Literate people don't use "they" as a singular.

Posted by: Noacoler | April 20, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"and read more books and make more money and have a higher education and are happier and are more charitable and have functional homes and attend church and vote and own more guns and pay more taxes and have better credit and employ more people and understand socialism and............

Posted by: Comrade_Zero "

and he has all this -- and yet he posts every 4 minutes on a blog, for let's see now -- 5 hours so far. and it will go on for about 10 more.

Posted by: drindl | April 20, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The first provisions of the Healthcare Bill are going into effect:

Insurers will move even more quickly than required to keep young adults on their parents insurance plan, USA Today reports. "UnitedHealthcare, Humana, Kaiser Permanente and WellPoint said they will put into effect some provisions of the new health care law ahead of schedule to let adult children stay on parents' plans until age 26." The reason for moving earlier than the Sept. 23 deadline? "[T]he companies said they are changing rules now to prevent young adults from falling into a coverage gap" (Young, 4/20).

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 20, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Im so glad we have the wall street experts here.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 20, 2010 5:02 PM
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Feeling left out? You could favor us with your predictions, always so novel, so politically skewed, so wrong.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 20, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse


These attitudes sure did NOT get cleared by the sensitivity training department.


YEA the COLBERT KING ARTICLES, THE EUGENE ROBINSON ARTICLE -


The OBAMA ATTACK MACHINE


FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM

This is all Hate Speech.


You guys have done a fantastic job of constructing a POSTRACIAL WORLD.


Im sure you will run health care just fine.... if you get the chance.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 20, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


Im so glad we have the wall street experts here.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 20, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Exactly!

Posted by: shrink2 | April 20, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

What's next, the SEC watching for Ponzi schemes?

Posted by: shrink2


they could start with Socialist Security.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Suprhaaaz, Suprhazzz.
Gomer Pyle

"...turns out the fraud case is political..."

What's next, the SEC watching for Ponzi schemes?

Posted by: shrink2 | April 20, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

GS - hanging in there. Posted good profits today.
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Well, you have nerve, that's for sure. I'm hoping you make money because I root for other traders, and also, because my portfolio isn't helped by GS going south.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 20, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD

Should I send Chris your comments from last night ?

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 20, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

GS - hanging in there. Posted good profits today. turns out the fraud case is political and not based in anything real. this is totally new ground. It seems buyer beware is no longer PC in Obamaworld.

I hope Carmax doesn't come after me for those bad brakes on my last trade.

Hey Comrade Ped, do you know how to negotiate away bad brakes?

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@comrade,

How are feeling about GS? BTW, this is just idle curiosity on my part, I don't own it. Not my kind of trade.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 20, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

and read more books and make more money and have a higher education and are happier and are more charitable and have functional homes and attend church and vote and own more guns and pay more taxes and have better credit and employ more people and understand socialism and............

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 3:06 PM
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and walk on water to get to work and speak in tongues and go to heaven without even having to die.

Bwahahahaha!!!

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 20, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, Republicans watch a lot more TV than Democrats.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
and read more books and make more money and have a higher education and are happier and are more charitable and have functional homes and attend church and vote and own more guns and pay more taxes and have better credit and employ more people and understand socialism and............

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

The stooge convention is complete.

comrade Ped will now lecture on Holdbacks while mollusk brain self reports for bigotry. dribbl remains too medicated to fully participate. not that anyone noticed.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, Republicans watch a lot more TV than Democrats.

Emergency all-night sessions in progress at the DNC. Must close the potted-plant gap. Gotta find a way to get Democratic voters to sit in front of the tube yelling "damn right!"

this all you got, shutterbug?

Posted by: Noacoler | April 20, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Comrades: Another political position? How about working at a wage-slave job, Mr. Rahm, so you can experience just how your politics plays out. Save the banks, and pass the bill to the wage-slaves.

Posted by: rep15 | April 20, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

All,

I've been busy writing and reporting and not as active in comments section. Please send me any offending comments so we can get rid of bad actors.

Thanks,
Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | April 16, 2010 5:37 PM

Posted by: DDAWD | April 20, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Media Matters Cheers Glenn Beck's Poor Ratings [Greg Pollowitz]

Media Matters:

You'll note that aside from a temporary spike that came on March 22, the Monday after the historic health care vote, Glenn Beck has spent the last four weeks with between 2.5 million and 2.0 million viewers, which represents a downward trend. (You'll also note a low of 1.76 million viewers on March 31, but Beck was off on vacation that night.)

In terms of the longer trend, Jed Lewison at Daily Kos recently produced this chart, which tracked Beck's weekly ratings since he signed on to Fox News in January, 2009. Note how the show, for weeks on end, often flirted with the 3 million viewer mark. But no more.

Or, let met put the Beck ratings disaster in slightly different terms: Beck has four times the viewers of MSNBC and CNN; in the key demo for advertisers, the number is more like five or six times greater

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

nothin in your life at all except an anonymous blog and obsession with somene you will never meet.

Posted by: drindl | April 20, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

dribl as chicken little:

How did this story line grow? Many of the claims that extremism is on the rise in America originate in research done by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based group that for nearly 40 years has tracked what it says is the growing threat of intolerance in the United States. These days the SPLC is issuing new warnings of new threats. But today's warnings sound an awful lot like those of the past.

In 1989, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of skinheads, saying, "Not since the height of Klan activity during the civil rights era has there been a white supremacist group so obsessed with violence. ..."

In 1992, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of other white supremacist groups, which it claimed had grown by 27 percent from the year before.

In 1995, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of right-wing militias.

In 1998, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of Internet-based hate groups, which according to one press account had "created the biggest surge in hate in America in years."

In 1999, the SPLC warned that the growing threat of Web-based hate groups was growing even more, with a 60 percent increase from the year before.

In 2002, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of post-Sept. 11 hate groups, which it said had grown 12 percent between 2000 and 2001.

In 2004, the SPLC warned (again) of the growing threat of skinhead groups, whose numbers it said had doubled in the previous year.

In 2008, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of hate groups overall, whose number it said increased 48 percent since 2000.

And in 2010, just a few weeks ago, the SPLC warned of the growing threat of "patriot" groups, which it said increased by 244 percent in 2009.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/What_s-behind-the-anti-Tea-Party-hate-narrative_-91552689.html#ixzz0lfGNGCCk


all that hate and not a single arrest????

not including Lib protests of course.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"the leftist loon drivl scours the entire nation of over 300 million for a story, any story, that might reflect badly on the tea parties."

your obsession is a running joke here, zouk zero. but then, i see you have nothing else to do.

Posted by: drindl | April 20, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

More on the Birther front:

"Appearing on the G. Gordon Liddy radio show today, the attorney for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, the Birther Army doctor who is said to be facing a court martial for refusing orders, suggested that if his client is court-martialled, he will use discovery to try to further the Birther crusade...

that he would try to use discovery to demand birth documents from Obama...

"Every criminal defendant has to be allowed the benefit of the doubt to discover information that may be relevant to defend himself against charges that could land him in the penitentiary in years and years," said Jensen."
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My prediction: "Proof" will be found that Hawaii is actually a previously unknown colony of Kenya.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | April 20, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

http://www.championnews.net/article.php?sid=1023

wow. who would have thought that you could leave your Wall street job and make more money teaching school in chicago.

top dog:
Mary Curley

$385, 000 salary.
$248,000 retirment pay
total estimated pension = $10,988,000

there are hundreds of these, not only a few.

total liability for top 100 = $887,000,000

Only half of the students graduate on average.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse


ANYTHING to get him away from the White House.

Best to get him out of American public office altogether. EMANUEL PROVED what he is on 9/11....when he raced to Israel to be with the Israeli army.

Why this kind of thing, including Jane Harmon's serving on the House intelligence committee-- and using it to get AIPAC officials off a SPYING charge against America, is beyond belief. We will regret it all too soon.

Posted by: whistling | April 20, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse


ANYTHING to get him away from the White House.

Best to get him out of American public office altogether. EMANUEL PROVED what he is on 9/11....when he raced to Israel to be with the Israeli army.

Why this kind of thing, including Jane Harmon's serving on the House intelligence committee-- and using it to get AIPAC officials off a SPYING charge against America, is beyond belief. We will regret it all too soon.

Posted by: whistling | April 20, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

No notice from the loon drivl about the greed of the teachers union storming the legislature.

The staggeringly greedy criminal racket known as public education has gotten so far out of control in the state that gave us Comrade Obama that taxpayers are on the hook for $1 BILLION in pension liability for just the top 100 educrats. But at least the teachers unions have figured out how to pay for it all — by raising taxes, of course. That's why they're taking a day off from telling children about the evils of economic freedom tomorrow so they can be bused into Springfield to demand the government confiscate more of other people's money to keep their platinum-plated pensions afloat.

Up to 15,000 citizen lobbyists [i.e., union members] are expected to descend on the Capitol on Wednesday to rally for a tax increase to help fix the state's crippling budget. …
Roughly 2,000 of the participants will be teachers representing the Illinois Federation of Teachers, spokesman David Comerford said. …
The group making its way to the Capitol is rallying behind House Bill 174, a controversial measure that would increase the individual income tax rate and expand the state's sales tax base.
Unions are infamous for being so pathologically greedy that they will eat everything in sight, even if it means bankrupting everyone, themselves included. But surely Illinois' leadership recognizes that they can't keep hiking taxes indefinitely. Then again…

Many Democrats, however, are calling for the tax increase, including Gov. Pat Quinn, who wants a 33 percent income tax increase to help fund proposed education cuts.
"We cannot cut ourselves out of a $13 billion budget deficit," said state Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan. "I do believe we need to raise taxes. I do believe, though, there should be sunset because things are going to get better."
Not if our rulers keep raising taxes during a recession, they aren't. But liberals will counter that if you don't like being reduced to slave status so that useless educrats can live like movie stars, you don't care about the children.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

In a press release, the office of Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said a fax received on Monday was titled: "To: JoBama Rectum Sniffer Fish Head Leland Yee" and contained a picture of a pickup truck dragging a noose.

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the leftist loon drivl scours the entire nation of over 300 million for a story, any story, that might reflect badly on the tea parties.

Ok lookee here. an incident. some one sent an ugly fax. how horrific. the Republic is threatened. Liberals retract their promise to offer their lives, property and honor. Oh wait. That wasn't liberals. they offered to give up what? nothing? they even exepmted themselves from most laws they pas, including health care, minumum wage, pensions and work rules.

I see.

considering it was probably a Lib conterfeiting as someone else, I would not get too worked up about it.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Addendum to "URGENT TO RAHM"...

And get POTUS to ban the use of taxpayer funds to finance -- directly or indirectly, via "information systems" contractors -- "blog-spamming" psy ops intended to pollute political discourse in America.

For apparent examples, see below!

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

When in doubt, phony up the numbers. It is the liberal way and journos and libs were never any good at math anyway:

7 Million Jobs Worth of Obama Funny Math
Posted by The MaryHunter at 8:59 AM | Comments (8)

Say it ain't so: The Barack Obama White House, caught making funny with jobs counts again? A little known fact about math is that you can always make any "change" look like a change for the better if you just tweak your original baseline estimates and pretend no one will notice. Observe:

[T]o justify the Administration's current claim of 2.8 million jobs "created or saved" by stimulus, they need to also claim that without that stimulus there would be only 126.9 million jobs. That's exactly what they do, displayed as the "baseline projection" level in the graphic below from an April 14, 2010 report:

http://www.moonbattery.com/WH_jobs_math_DC.jpg

However, in their original January 2009 report used to justify Porkulus, they claimed that, with no Porkulus bill, there would be 133.9 million jobs. How did they come out with a net 2.8 million stimulus jobs? Easy: revisionism.

Step 1: How many jobs does the Administration currently claim there would be, without stimulus?
129.7 million Current number of U.S. jobs
- 2.8 million Jobs currently claimed to be "created or saved"
126.9 million Jobs the Administration currently claims there would be without stimulus
Step 2: How does that compare with the number of jobs the Administration used to say there would be without stimulus?
133.9 million January 2009 projection of jobs without stimulus
- 126.9 million Current claim of jobs without stimulus
= 7 million Jobs removed from the Administration "baseline" to justify their latest stimulus job creation claims.

This is par for the course if you belong to a regime of socialist liars intent on doing whatever it takes to convince the American people that your extremist policies are actually helping create jobs in this dismal economy.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Profiles in Liberal courage.

Harry Reid Hides From Protesters on Nevada Bus Tour
It's impossible to know what Harry Reid envisioned when he kicked off his 2010 re-election campaign with a bus tour of Nevada.

It was the first time in six years (his last re-election bid, by the way) he had been on such a tour.

Truth is, Nevadans don't think much of Harry, and when they do think of him, it isn't in particularly warm or fuzzy terms.

So as the Reid bus tour made its three-day journey into the wilds of rural Nevada (and I find this part nothing short of amazing), our U.S. senator of the past 24 years kept parts of his itinerary hush-hush for fear of encountering protesters.

Consequently, the senator found some Nevadans, mostly in small numbers, who thanked him for his work. And he found others, mostly in small numbers, who gave him hell.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

An army of lobbyists and financial professionals is swarming into Washington D.C. this week to push against financial reform

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Oh dear. citizens wishing to petition their representatives. this is just so contrary to the liberal facism.

No need to read the bill. We have a crisis that must be resolved by 3 pm today.

If you need berry, you can reach him on the golf course.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

37th: Margaret was referring to Comrade Zero, not you.

Unless by responding you're quite possibly admitting to being both 37th & O and Comrade Zero?

Posted by: Gallenod | April 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON – The District of Columbia has waited more than two centuries to get a vote in Congress, and now it looks like the city's roughly 600,000 residents will have to wait even longer.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced Tuesday that lawmakers will not take up legislation this week giving D.C. residents a vote in the House of Representatives, and said he was "profoundly disappointed."

The Maryland Democrat also said it was unlikely the enfranchisement bill, which became embroiled in a gun rights dispute and other issues, would be considered in the House later this year.

With Democrats, the main supporters of the legislation, expected to lose seats in the November election, the possibilities for resurrecting the measure next year were uncertain


chalk up another futile loss to the Obimbo administration.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see Daley retire, just for the all out mud-slinging blood bath of a primary it would create - it would be a political junkie's wet dream

Posted by: ChicagoIndependant | April 20, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

they don't want their freedoms taken away... their freedoms to scr*w the taxpayers and destroy the economy -- again.


"An army of lobbyists and financial professionals is swarming into Washington D.C. this week to push against financial reform.

As The New Republic reports, "some two dozen executives from large corporations will be descending on Capitol Hill today to make the case against regulating derivatives." That push is being organized in part by the Chamber of Commerce. And The New York Times reports today that "more than 1,500 lobbyists, executives, bankers and others have made their way to the Senate committee that on Wednesday will take up legislation to rein in derivatives, the complex securities at the heart of the financial crisis, the billion-dollar bank bailouts and the fraud case filed last week against Goldman Sachs."

Posted by: drindl | April 20, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

If from almost the moment he took his present job, Emanuel "has made clear that he wants to return to public office in the not-to-distant [sic] future," why didn't the article to which Mr. Cillizza linked state that? Why didn't Mr. Cillizza provide any documentation for that assertion? Look, Emanuel is (rightfully) being blamed for many of the White House's difficulties in the last fifteen months, and he's looking for a graceful way to exit. But let's not rewrite history to cushion his fall.

Posted by: Rob_ | April 20, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"A California state senator says he's received several racist and threatening messages after calling for transparency from California State University Stanislaus over its agreement with Sarah Palin for an upcoming appearance at the school.

In a press release, the office of Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) said a fax received on Monday was titled: "To: JoBama Rectum Sniffer Fish Head Leland Yee" and contained a picture of a pickup truck dragging a noose.

"It is quite disturbing that such racist and homophobic sentiment still exists in our country," Yee said in the statement.

Yee's office says it has forwarded the messages to the California Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to investigate."

sounds like it might have come from one of the regulars here.

Posted by: drindl | April 20, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers


I've been giving a little extra lately - just to combat the false charges of racism -

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Margaret: Every blog has an equivalent. I think it's a franchise.

Posted by: Blarg | April 20, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

pcarey12

Yes, I think you are right - at the present time she is just a member of the board - however she should win in November.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 20, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

that's why he's a zero, mags.

Posted by: drindl | April 20, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

100% more Comrade_Zero than the other competing blogs.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | April 20, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

URGENT TO RAHM:

Before you go, please get POTUS to immediately take down, by executive order and DOJ action, federal programs of extrajudicial targeting, punishment and high-tech torture and community-based, government-enabled harassment and financial sabotage directed at U.S. citizens...

...Bush-legacy programs that have CORRUPTED law enforcement agencies nationwide -- and may have targeted political leaders, too:

HOMELAND-RUN 'FUSION CENTERS' SILENTLY ASSAULT, TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE DOMESTIC TERRORISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "U.S. Silently..." and "Gestapo USA..."

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 20, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Toni Preckwinkle isn't the President of the Cook County Board, she is the Democratic nominee for that job and a current member of the Chicago City Council.

Posted by: pcarey12 | April 20, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

And, to round out the three stories you'll be hearing almost nothing about today, we have Barack Obama playing golf on the day of the Polish president's funeral. Now, Obama can't be faulted for not attending, as the volcano stood in his way, but he could be faulted for the unfortunate contrast of other heads of state traversing mountains and streams via planes, trains, and automobiles to be there while he was on the fairway in a golf cart.

The Warsaw Business Journal took notice with this story, "Obama goes golfing instead of attending Kaczynski's funeral," but because he's not George W. Bush, Obama's love for the links (which is a far more intense love affair than Bush's) will not be used in the American press as an enduring symbol for his callousness.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Comrade Zero


You are right - the right-wing violence is not there - most people bring lawn chairs and treat the rallies more like BBQs than angry protest marches.

The list of leftist violence is unbelievable. Pittsburg, Seattle.

Even at the Tea Party Rallies - the violence is from the left AT the Tea Party people.

Do you remember a few years ago? Cities needed RIOT POLICE to contain the leftists marching against the war.

The police do not need riot gear at the Tea Party rallies - instead they are eating hot dogs from the grill.

The entire characterization is one big LIE from the OBAMA ATTACK MACHINE - and the media repeats it.

One interview on MSNBC the host asked about the violent nature of the rallies - and the constant answer was NO, everything was peaceful.


Anyway, the lies continue.

Posted by: 37thand0street | April 20, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt that Daley will hand his machine over to Emanuel - Everyone wants Daley to run again.

If Daley does not win, expect a crowded field.


Do not expect Daley to back Emanuel - the most probable scenario is that the Daley machine sits out the primary.

So, the whole thing will depend on how the field of candidates splits the electorate.

Emanuel does not have a chance - he would be much better off in another race in which he can clear the field.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 20, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually he'd fit right in with the Chicago mob in prison!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | April 20, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Democrats are reduced to warning that certain attitudes can lead to violence because there hasn't been any actual violence at the tea party rallies. All have been remarkably orderly and even friendly. You can almost feel the Democrats' frustration at this.

By contrast, many, many left-wing protests and demonstrations have sparked violence. Just last year, at the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh, rampaging protestors broke shop windows and scuffled with police, who used batons and tear gas to subdue them. A 1999 meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle was so badly disrupted by anti-globalization fanatics, who smashed windows and shut down the center of the city, that the governor had to declare a state of emergency and call out the National Guard. (President Clinton failed to assail those who criticize corporations as inspiring the violence.)

In 2007, several hundred protesters who descended on Washington, D.C., during the International Monetary Fund meeting turned over trash cans, smashed windows, threw bricks, and pushed a police officer off her motorcycle.

In 2008, as John Hinderaker of Powerlineblog recalls, anti-Republican protesters at the convention in St. Paul: "threw bricks through the windows of buses, sending elderly convention delegates to the hospital. They dropped bags of sand off highway overpasses onto vehicles below." The violence was only fleetingly covered in the press and went unmentioned by leading Democrats.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I hear the showers in prison are very ballet friendly.

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Likes-to-fight guys thrive in Israeli politics.

That way, he'd make his Dad happy too.

Posted by: shrink2 | April 20, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Prison?

Posted by: Comrade_Zero | April 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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