The [Wednesday] Papers
I'm only sorry I didn't think of it yesterday (and Major League Baseball would probably never allow it), but the perfect new Cubs owner just might be . . . Mike Veeck.
Bring back the magic, Mike.
The story the Tribune tells today is one well-known within political circles: How he knocked his one-time sponsor, former state Sen. Alice Palmer, out of the Democratic primary that put him in the statehouse.
While a case could be made that Palmer dug her own grave, the Tribune shows that Obama also knocked two other candidates off the ballot in that race - clearing the field - in part on the kind of technicalities (and in part wholly legitimately) that have made ballot access a significant issue here and nationwide. After Obama's challenges, one candidate came up 86 names short on his nominating petitions, while another came up 69 names short. Obama's challenges were successful in part because of a purge at the time of nearly 16,000 "unqualified names" from the voter rolls.
Beyond that, the story fits neatly into two recurring themes of Obama's political career. First, that the stories he tells about his past and the rhetoric he employs about his ideals both stray from reality; second, that given a choice between principle and independence or Machine allies and tactics, he chooses the Machine every time. (The litany gets tiresome, but consider those he has aligned himself with at every crossroad: Richard M. Daley, Emil Jones, Todd Stroger, Joe Lieberman, Tony Rezko, Dorothy Tillman . . . )
Irony abounds. "In impromptu street-corner conversations and media interviews [during his first state senate campaign], he disparaged local pols for putting self-preservation ahead of public service," the Tribune account says.
But he defended his ballot challenges in that race by telling the Trib, "If you can win, you should win."
And finally, this:
"Asked whether the district's primary voters were well-served by having only one candidate, Obama smiled and said: 'I think they ended up with a very good state senator.'"
Very glib, very Daley, and very unsatisfying.
Streets, San and Videotape
The truth is that Daley went out of his way to single out off-duty cops, instead lumping them in with the general population and an admonition that "people shouldn't fight."
I saw the mayor's press conference on video and certainly got the full context; you can see what I mean, though, at the end of the Channel 2 report found on the right rail here titled "Brother Of Cop In Bartender Beating Also Caught On Tape," which shows Daley "finding humor" in the situation, avoiding the question, and cackling as he exits stage left.
Take a look and tell me if "Daley laid down the law to off-duty cops," as Spielman writes.
That makes sense. I mean, I can see how it would take a lot of money to convince the public Stroger isn't an idiot.
Heart of Stone
"Daley's political organization arranged for Mike Noonan, who managed Cook County Board President Tood Stroger's 2006 campaign, to run Stone's re-election effort."
All that's missing for Stone is an Obama endorsement.
The "F" Word
Obama's White Flag
"Huge labor donations have become 'one of the most outrageous things in terms of campaign finance,' said Ald. George Cardenas (12th), one of the sponsors."
Cardenas is less outraged about the $228,465 he received from business in the last go-around.
New Look, Old Story
The Beachwood Tip Line: Gaining on them.
Posted on April 4, 2007
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