Of course the big news the last day has been the Is-He-Or-Isn’t-He of the Emanuel campaign, having been forced off the ballot, then back on again. It’s kind of a false hope, to be honest, to oust him on a technicality. It’s the part of politics that I detest – the fact that it’s a game of loopholes and stats rather than policy that affects millions and millions of people.
Rahm campaigns by throwing money around and shaking people’s hands at L stops. There’s nothing substantial about him or his candidacy. In fact, I argue that he’s Daley 3.0 (and Gery Chico would be Daley 2.5). But since he has name-recognition and naval carriers of money, the press has already lazily anointed him to be our next mayor.
Alas, there’s some serious questions about his campaign that nobody in the mainstream press is bothering to ask:
- Who’s giving him the money?
- What are they asking in return?
- What will be felt at the neighborhood level?
- Can or will he bring in jobs to the West and South sides?
- Will he reform TIFs that siphon off money from the schools and parks to create a control tool for the mayor?
- What can he do for the homeless and those ABOUT to be homeless?
- How can we expect him to further the interests of all Chicagoans when much of his funds come from outside sources (such as Hollywood)?
None of these important issues are being addressed. Instead, we’re worried about technicalities. It does seem ironic, though. These technicalities tend to be the stock & trade of the Machine candidates.
In related news, I got a chance to go to a coffee with Miguel del Valle and I ended up tweeting much of it. (Take THAT, 20th Century!) It follows, in reverse order:
This is what politics should be about…