The [Thursday] Papers
As Phil Ponce put it, Barack Obama made a "rare" appearance before Chicago reporters on Wednesday, and he made a challenge to the locals that they failed.
"You will recall that for my entire political career here, basically, I was not the the endorsed candidate of any political organization here. That I didn't go around wielding a bunch of clout. That my reputation in Springfield was as an independent. And my reputation here was also as somebody who would to try to work with everybody. There is no doubt I had friends and continue to have friends who come out of the more traditional school of Chicago politics but that's not what launched my political career and that's not what I've ever depended on in order to get elected and I would challenge any Chicago reporter to dispute that basic fact."
Ooh, ooh! Me! Me!
"But you once told Emil Jones that he could make you a United States Senator. And you exchanged endorsements with Richard M. Daley - whom your wife once worked for - and your political career here was funded by Tony Rezko. You also endorsed the organization candidate over the reformer every single time and never spoke out against 'the more traditional school of Chicago politics', by which you mean 'corrupt,' or led an independent or reform movement. In fact, while traveling around America as the candidate of change, you recently told the Tribune editorial board that you would leave criticism of Chicago corruption up to others, like John Kass."
Not a single reporter said anything even close to that. In fact, in the video of this exchange I saw on Chicago Tonight, no reporter responded to Obama's challenge.
But the Sun-Times has an entire page today about what's on Obama's iPod, another half-page about good luck charms he and others carry in their pockets, and Obama's response to Ralph Nader's ridiculous proposition that Obama is "talking white" to appeal to voters.
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Setting the Hindu monkey god aside, does Obama also employ an astrologist?
Um, is this the start of a George Carlin joke?
"I do think that there is a non-ideological approach to Chicago."
Yes. There are no Republicans here and Cook County Democrats have no ideology.
"It's not unique to Chicago, I think it's Midwestern in some way."
Right. Chicago politics is very similar to, oh, let's say politics in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa . . .
"News Item (2007): Barack Obama says he will filibuster against an updating of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that includes legal immunity for phone companies that helped carry out domestic spying without court permission.
"News Item (2008): Barack Obama says he will vote for an updating of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that includes legal immunity for the phone companies.
"Or do you have something against the politics of change?"
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"Davis is a 67-year-old lawyer and real estate developer with long ties to Mayor Daley and Sen. Barack Obama, as well as to the governor.
"He served on the Chicago Plan Commission and, with his former law firm, Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland, was a boss to Obama early in the presidential hopeful's career."
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Posted on June 26, 2008
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