The [Tuesday] Papers
There won't be a column today but you can enjoy these fine offerings elsewhere on the Beachwood:
The Papers will return tomorrow.
The [Monday] Papers
On the face of it, wow.
"The poll found only 37 percent of city voters approve of the job Daley is doing as mayor, compared with 47 percent who disapprove. Moreover, a record-low 31 percent said they want to see Daley re-elected, compared with 53 percent who don't want him to win another term."
Bear in mind, though, this:
"A year prior to the 2007 election, a poll showed only 41 percent of voters backed Daley's re-election - what had been the record low until the current survey."
So we could have a mayor returning to the job in two elections in a row despite most voters surveyed wishing otherwise. Except on Election Day, of course.
First, the mayor still knows how to turn out his organization when it counts.
Second, there hasn't been a good alternative to Daley since 1989.
Memo to pundits and editorialists: Stop blaming voters for not having any choices. They are outraged plenty. Start blaming the absolute lack of civic leadership in a city that thinks so highly of its elites; are we that void of "courage" that no one will step up?
Where are the real progressives?
Jesse Jackson Jr. is too damaged by the Blagojevich trial at the moment, but Barack Obama never stepped up; he endorsed the mayor the people didn't want. (By the way, the Trib poll found that "Just 22 percent of black voters want to see [Daley] re-elected, compared with 37 percent of whites.")
Toni Preckwinkle stepped up - to the Cook County Board president's race. Joe Moore? Staying put. Tom Dart? Only if Daley doesn't run. Patrick Collins? Lawyering. The Dawn Clark Netsch/Abner Mikva crowd? All in Daley's corner. So-called reformer Forrest Claypool? Going for county assessor, because that's so his niche. Even anti-Olympic Green Party candidate Tom Tresser is gunning for Todd Stroger's job instead.
Is it really going to be up to Scott Waguespack?
I like Waguespack, but he's still in his first term as alderman and his citywide appeal is unclear at best.
Maybe Scott Lee Cohen should set his sights a little lower than governor. Same with former U.S. Senate candidate David Hoffman. Mike Quigley just went to Washington; tis a pity.
Better yet, isn't there someone to emerge from non-political circles who can run an irreverent, independent and serious-minded campaign that could catch our imagination? Is our city that devoid of possibilities? Someone from the art world, the social services, a media personality . . .
The voters are ready for change. Our elites aren't.
COMMENTS: From Paul Clark:
Let's see - Oprah is pouting herself out of town. Jerry Springer's already done the mayor thing. We traded most of the Blackhawks that would have any name recognition at the ballot box. Greg Maddux is toiling on the farm. Studs Terkel and Mike Royko are dead. As is Rahm, probably, in terms of being a candidate.
Peter Fitzgerald is out of politics and probably doesn't live in the city.
Are any of Daley's kids old enough to take over?
"[Ald. Howard] Brookins used his political might to help get $87.1 million in public cash, including $11.6 million from the city, set aside for MGM/TGI 105th Street LLC, the developer, which is a joint venture between Orland Park builder Jack Mayher and Patrick Terrell, the former Notre Dame free safety famed for having broken up a pass in the end zone to help the Fighting Irish upset until-then undefeated Miami in 1988.
"Brookins - who has gotten $6,500 in campaign contributions from the joint venture - recommended that Taylor, who was his girlfriend at the time, be hired to sell homes on commission for the project. She got the job."
So Brookins secured public money for developers who are campaign contributors and in turn asked that those developers hire his wife, which they did.
Does it never end?
One cop saying the presence of gangbangers in the military "seems" bigger now than, um, before, just isn't up to snuff.
But then, gangbangers sell papers too.
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Posted on July 20, 2010
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