The above video exemplifies the attitude that many politicians in Illinois demonstrate to laws that stand in their way. Rahm “Never let a crisis go to waste” Emanuel was a Chicago congressman. Besides being noted for a fondness for a certain four letter word which I discussed in this post, Emanuel is also noted for two things: he came up with the strategy of running phony conservative Democrats for Congress around the country, which helped the Democrats take back the House in 2006, and pad their short-lived majority in 2008, and he was Obama’s chief of staff. After tiring of being chief of staff, after Richie the Lesser, Mayor for life of the City-State of Chicago, decided that he didn’t wish to go on being Mayor until he died, like his father Richie the Incoherent, Rahm decided that becoming Mayor of the Windy City was an excellent escape plan from the Obama administration. After he announced, he quickly became the front runner, facing only token opposition. The election is set for February 22.
There was one pesky thing standing in the way of Rahm and his coronation. A provision in the state municipal code which requires that someone actually live in a city for at least one year, before seeking office to run the place. However, this is Illinois! When is the last time that the law in Illinois prevented a powerful Democrat from doing whatever he pleases? (If you regard the question as other than entirely rhetorical, I will assume you do not live in the Land of Lincoln.) The Cook County Board of Elections determined that although Emanuel resided in DC while he was Chief of Staff, and had rented out his Chicago house, he was, mirabile dictu!, still a resident of Chicago. A Chicago Circuit Court judge affirmed this decision. However, in a stunning development, an Appellate Court panel ruled two to one that Rahm is not a resident of Chicago and is not eligible to have his name appear on the ballot. The decision may be read here.
My made up sources indicate to me that Rahm received the news stoically: “Who the —- do these —-ing —-ers think they are —-ing with!”
Next stop the Illinois Supreme Court. For now this decision leaves Carol Moseley Braun, a former one term senator from 1993-1999, as the front runner. Ms. Braun’s nickname in Illinois is “Carol Mostly Fraud”. She earned the nickname by being unable to account for a quarter of a million in campaign funds and various other instances of public corruption. George Will wrote a devastating column on her in 1998 which may be read here. Ms. Braun “refuted” the column by calling Mr. Will a racist.
Illinois politicians tend to be good for very little except for entertainment value. As the Illinois economy continues to crumble, as the Governor and the State Legislature chase people and businesses out of the state with a huge personal and corporate tax hike in the midst of a recession\depression in Illinois, we can at least take heart that Emanuel and Braun are doing their very best to ensure that as long as Illinois has politics, vaudeville will never be dead in this state.