Daley gives a taste of the Chicago Way

posted at 7:38 am on September 24, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Richard Daley blew his stack yesterday after seeing his brother targeted in a new ad for John McCain.  The spot showed William Daley linked to Barack Obama as a lobbyist as well as being the brother of the man who runs one of the more corrupt major cities in America.  Daley reacted as one would expect — with threats and bald-faced lies:

The ad described Bill Daley, a former U.S. Commerce secretary, as a “lobbyist” and “the mayor’s brother.”

“First of all, my brother is not a lobbyist. He’s not a lobbyist. He’s not a lobbyist. He’s never been a lobbyist,” the mayor said.

Oh, really?  The Chicago Tribune suggests that Mayor Daley keep up with the family’s Christmas newsletters:

In fact, Bill Daley was a key Washington lobbyist for top U.S. and foreign companies and President Bill Clinton picked him to lobby Congress for passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement. When he was president of SBC Communications Inc. in 2003 he coordinated lobbying campaigns to sway both state and federal lawmakers.

Daley then told the media that he might run a few ads on his own:

“I respect the candidates running for president on both sides of the aisle. I don’t have to bring their family in an ad, to really do disservice — you see an ad about Sen. McCain’s wife and how wealthy they are? That would be unfair,” Daley said.

Oh, you mean like the “seven houses” ads that Barack Obama is already running?  I’m glad that Daley thinks those are “really unfair”.  Maybe he can tell that to his protegé.  Or his brother, who can then tell Obama.

Asked if he is suggesting a Keating Five ad, Daley shot back: “It would be a great ad. People lost their life savings. Life savings, their own homes, for a guy named Keating out of Arizona.["]

Actually, Daley shouldn’t waste his money.  I expect Obama to start running ads on this topic within the next few days, and it would be perfectly legitimate to do so.  The scandal is part of McCain’s record of public service.  McCain can note that this prompted his career-long dedication to reform, and to his great credit, has never run away from this event.  However, given recent events, the Keating scandal will likely have more resonance now, even though McCain was one of the few in Congress trying to blow the whistle on the impending crash of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

I think it’s time to step up the pressure on Daley himself.  McCain needs to expose Obama’s alliance with Daley, John and Todd Stroger, and the rest of the cronyist Machine in Chicago.  The more Daley gets prompted into defending Obama, the better America can see the kind of environment that produced Obama, and the utter lack of effort Obama put into reforming it.


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Wow. The US has allowed the Daly’s to own Chicago, Illinois, and part of the US gov’t for years through their patronage of senators and Presidents. You’d think he’d be a little more grateful.

JiangxiDad on September 24, 2008 at 7:46 AM

Will all those dead folks who were shot in BO’s neck of the woods be allowed to vote?

bloggless on September 24, 2008 at 7:46 AM

McCain needs to expose Obama’s alliance with Daley, John and Todd Stroger, and the rest of the cronyist Machine in Chicago.

I totally agree, he needs to take it apart bit by bit and turn it over to the light!
Americans need to see who they’re really getting if they want to vote Obama. In my mind, he’s the candidate we still know the least about.

4shoes on September 24, 2008 at 7:48 AM

Sure am glad that the media whores are expending so much effort to show us what a great President we would have in big-city operator Oblabo; wouildn’t want to see new blood like Palin in the White House.

Nope, she’s just a small town hayseed, not a refined political mover.

Bishop on September 24, 2008 at 7:49 AM

Ed I don’t know how you can say this about my Mayor. In the last election all my dead relatives voted for this guy.

cmptrnerd on September 24, 2008 at 7:49 AM

I hate my state. The cronies in the legislature (read Chicago) added biased language on whether or not we should hold a Constitutional convention.

Blarg the Destroyer on September 24, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Northern libs, America’s enemies number 1.

Benjamin9 on September 24, 2008 at 7:52 AM

McCain can always point to the congressional inquire that concluded he violated no laws.

“Senator McCain has violated no law of the United States or specific Rule of the United States Senate;”

He welcomed the inquiry and was vindicated.

WHEN does Oslime-a stand for an inquiry into his behavior? Hmmmmmmmm?

csdeven on September 24, 2008 at 7:52 AM

Who sent Barack? http://globallabor.blogspot.com/2008/04/who-sent-obama.html

Let’s explore the Daley-Obama-Ayers relationship some more.

Mr. Joe on September 24, 2008 at 7:54 AM

The brother of the mayor of a city in the state Obama represents in the Senate is a lobbyist?

Is this like how McCain’s campaign manager was being paid $15,000 a month by FreddieMac?

McCain is supposed to win that match up, how exactly?

e-pirate on September 24, 2008 at 7:56 AM

The brother of the mayor of a city in the state Obama represents in the Senate is a lobbyist?

Is this like how McCain’s campaign manager was being paid $15,000 a month by FreddieMac?

McCain is supposed to win that match up, how exactly?

e-pirate on September 24, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Give it a rest… $15K/month… versus the $27 MILLION paid to Gorelick or the $75 MILLION paid to… oh, I can’t say his name… it would be RACIST. Troll.

CC

CapedConservative on September 24, 2008 at 8:00 AM

Is this like how McCain’s campaign manager was being paid $15,000 a month by FreddieMac?

McCain is supposed to win that match up, how exactly?

e-pirate on September 24, 2008 at 7:56 AM

Try this instead.

Firm owned by McCain campaign manager is paid $15,000 a month to lobby.
Obama paid over $120,000 by Freddy Mac.

How does that comparison sound.

MarkTheGreat on September 24, 2008 at 8:02 AM

Definitely keep up the pressure on the Obama goons. Like Rev. Wright, they won’t be able to sit on their hands and keep their egos in check. It should tar and feather Obama to the comments, “just a guy in my neighborhood and not the person I knew for 20 years”.

EyesOpen on September 24, 2008 at 8:04 AM

Ignore Daley’s outburst:

Biden just said no coal for America, let China have coal plants.

Just run this over and over again in Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia and especially in Pennsylvania.

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MTdiOWI2NDhhNmRjNzc4ZWE0ODc0ODYyN2Q5NTk2MzY=

Mr. Joe on September 24, 2008 at 8:11 AM

Oh, really? The Chicago Tribune suggests that Mayor Daley keep up with the family’s Christmas newsletters

That, Ed, is a great line; a sign of a talented writer and analyst. Nice work.

Captain Scarlet on September 24, 2008 at 8:16 AM

The Chicago way, indeed.

In case you were wondering how a nothing from Chicago got so far so fast….

drjohn on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Ed, you Minnesotans are just holding a grudge because Daley didn’t include your truckers in the Hired Truck Program. In his 19 years in office he has raised the HS graduation rate from 51% to 54%. At that rate Chicago will surpass India and Bangladesh in student success stories by 2150, or so. Open your heart and let the Gambino open your eyes.

Limerick on September 24, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Is anybody surprised that Obama’s puppet master has a temper? You don’t control people like he does without fear and intimidation. Its the democratic way. It is who they are and have always been. The sheep, known as democrats, are the legion of the brainwashed. The New York Times by brainwashing has promoted the same socialist methods for decades.Thank goodness for the internt or they could’ve stolen this country for their own selfish needs.

volsense on September 24, 2008 at 8:22 AM

The Daley crime family is fair game, given that Godfather Daley is one of the many racketeers pulling puppet Obama’s strings.

NoDonkey on September 24, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Keep hammering!
You see, the more exited he gets the funnier the quotes become…

CBarker on September 24, 2008 at 8:38 AM

The brother of the mayor of a city in the state Obama represents in the Senate is a lobbyist?

Is this like how McCain’s campaign manager was being paid $15,000 a month by FreddieMac?

McCain is supposed to win that match up, how exactly?

e-pirate on September 24, 2008 at 7:56 AM

You forgot to add, in 2001 when FM squared was solvent…now how about Raines, hmmmmmm?

right2bright on September 24, 2008 at 8:41 AM

No one can come out of Chicago politics unslimed by corruption. Pity more people don’t realize that The Obamassiah is a typical Chicago politician.

rbj on September 24, 2008 at 8:42 AM

When Obama breaks out the Keating ads, will a certain prominent Democrat D.C. attorney come to McCain’s defense?

William Bennett (Monica’s lawyer, Bill’s brother) headed up the Keating investigation. He openly states that McCain was innocent. According to Bennet, all the other accused were Dems. The Dems (who ran Congress then) needed a prominent Republican to make the charges appear “bipartisan”. Bennett says that was the only reason McCain was included.

Will Bennett repeat his defense of McCain if Obama’s charges gain traction? It will be interesting to see.

jeanneb on September 24, 2008 at 8:43 AM

Here’s all the Daley sh-t Mac needs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ashM23pslk

We all know he’s a crook. Mac won’t won Illinois anyway, so why not use this little sawed off runt?

LtE126 on September 24, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Yes, America! Meet Richard M. Daley of Chicago.

Also known as Mayor Daley.

Also known as Shortshanks.

Also known as Mayor Friedo.

Also known as King Richard.

Also known as The Real Head Of Cook County.

Also known as The Face Of The Chicago Democratic Political Machine.

Also known as one of the reasons why NOT to vote for B.O.

Because what Daley and B.O. have done to Illinois, they will also do to the rest of the nation.

pilamaye on September 24, 2008 at 8:48 AM

Firm owned by McCain campaign manager is paid $15,000 a month to lobby.
Obama paid over $120,000 by Freddy Mac.

How does that comparison sound.
MarkTheGreat on September 24, 2008 at 8:02 AM

$15,000 a month for 3 years = $540,000. So, compared to Obama’s Freddie contribution, I’d say that’s a lot.

The fair comparison would be to say that Rick Davis wasn’t personally doing $540,000 worth of lobbying, whereas the former CEO of Freddie or Fannie (I forget which) was responsible for picking Obama’s VP.

Outlander on September 24, 2008 at 8:49 AM

when you watch that, watch Daley’s corporation counsel Mara Georges next to him looking at him like he’s a God. Makes you sick.

LtE126 on September 24, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Rick Davis didn’t make the decisions at Fannie or Freddie that brought down Wall Street. Jim Johnson and Frank Raines did. Who are they supporting again? And if it had not come out that Johnson got sweetheart mortgage deals from Countrywide, hw would have been a top advisor to Obama right up to the day Fannie was taken over by the government. In fact, he probably would hve been lobbying to prevet the takeover because it was going to be personnaly very embarrassing to him.

The biggest problem that’s going to come out of all of this for Davis is that he, like may Washington lobbyists, made a lot of money and did next to nothing for it. The articles today about Davis being paid by Freddie do not say he did a thing for them besides attend one meeting to talk to its employees. People like Davis get big retainers “just in case” they are needed, and to keep the other side from hiring them. Fannie and Freddie had a battalion of lobbyists on retainer who never did anything. It was the best gig in town if you could get it.

rockmom on September 24, 2008 at 9:00 AM

John Kass of the Chicago Tribune has a lot to say about this one in his column this morning:

McCain ad sends Daley into a gear-grinding frenzy

John Kass
September 24, 2008

All it took was one TV ad by Republican Sen. John McCain daring to mention the Chicago Democratic Machine—the machine we’re told does not exist—to unleash Mayor Chucky.

“If people start throwing dirt and mud—remember it comes back and hits you right in the face,” said Mayor Richard Daley, snarling, pointing his finger on Tuesday, positively chuckified.

“I think, to put my brother Bill in there—they want to put me in there, fine, they put me in there all the time anyway,” he said.

The McCain ad did not put him in there. But it put brother Billy in there as a lobbyist, and the mayor kept repeating “He’s not a lobbyist! He’s not a lobbyist! He’s never been a lobbyist,” even though Bill Daley was no mere lobbyist.

Billy was a lobbyist’s lobbyist. And when he became U.S. Secretary of Commerce under Bill Clinton, Bill Daley traveled to Prague to teach American companies there how not to get themselves shaken down by local political bosses. I’m not kidding. Now he wants to be the next governor.

Others mentioned in the ad were Obama’s real estate fairy, the convicted influence peddler Tony Rezko; outgoing state Senate President Emil Jones (D-ComEd); and Gov. Rod “The Unreformer” Blagojevich. Each was trotted out as a component of the Chicago Democratic Machine backing the machine’s own self-professed reformer, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Rezko/Daley).

Obama wasn’t born of the machine, as the McCain ad states. He didn’t sprout fully formed from the mayoral forehead. But the former independent wised up to the Chicago Way, endorsed machine stooges and was warmed by Daley’s embrace. Daley’s own brilliant spokesman, David Axelrod, the Karl Rove of the Left, began to shape Obama as a reformer.

Obama repaid them by keeping his mouth shut on corruption. His stupendous silence has allowed McCain to outflank him on the reform/”change” issue.

Despite the great umbrage taken by Daley and my own paper’s editorial board, which complained the McCain commercial engaged in “guilt by association,” the ad was supremely effective and spot-on.

Actually, it didn’t go far enough.

McCain should have also mentioned the Illinois Republican bosses who dealt with Rezko in the state pension fund investment scandal, the same GOP heavyweights accused by witnesses of trying to use their White House influence to remove U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald.

Yet now that Daley has invited McCain to make other ads featuring him, consider the possibilities:

How about Obama, standing silently as the mayor’s white friends with Outfit connections, the Duffs, reaped $100 million in city affirmative action contracts even though the mayor knew his drinking buddies weren’t black or female. Then Obama endorses Daley in the name of reform.

Or how about a little Daley and a little Obama, as happy kindergartners playing in a sandbox with trucks from the $40 million City Hall Hired Truck scandal? Or how about a President Obama dealing with a tricky foreign policy/Chicago corruption issue?

This one involves the fugitive drug dealer and self-confessed Daley administration briber Marco Morales, still fighting extradition to the U.S. from the comfy warden’s office in his Mexican prison. On the day he fled Chicago—avoiding testifying to a federal grand jury about the bribes he paid at City Hall for contracts—Marco’s son began mysteriously receiving $40 million in Daley administration business. Again, I’m not kidding.

“People love money,” Daley said Tuesday. “Some love sex. Some love drugs. Some love power. It’s human frailties. You don’t have to bring individuals down when you’re running for the highest office in the United States.”

Daley was so upset about Billy that he talked about McCain’s involvement with the Keating 5, the scandal in which McCain was reprimanded by the Senate for his ties to the sleazy savings and loan king Charles Keating, along with four Democratic senators.

The public dishonor changed something in McCain. He began railing against the corrupting influence of money in politics and began publicly embarrassing Democrats and his fellow Republicans, about their political pork-barrel deals like that bridge to nowhere.

Perhaps, he’ll accept Daley’s challenge, and the mayor will continue to publicly deny that there is a Chicago machine, deny, deny, deny, even though the Daley underlings who helped build his machine and those giant patronage armies languish in the federal pen.

“You want to get tough in politics, I can get tough in politics as anyone else,” Daley said. “When you start throwing mud, mud is going to be thrown at you and it’s going to be sticky.”

It’s frightening to think of an angry Daley, doing a full Mayor Chucky, lips curled in rage, scooping up some mud balls because he doesn’t like a campaign commercial. But just wait. If his guy becomes president, he’ll be throwing his influence around the White House.

And that might be even scarier.

pilamaye on September 24, 2008 at 9:02 AM

And by the way, $15,000 a month is peanuts in Washington. That’s a minimum retainer for a firm like Davis’. A serious, active lobbying effort costs $50,000 a month and up.

rockmom on September 24, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Wow, that John Kass column is GOLD. At least 5 new McCain ads in there. I hope they go for the throat here. I don’t want Gang Chicago handing my tax dollars!

rockmom on September 24, 2008 at 9:06 AM

McCain needs Palin on the charm offensive so that he can jump into the mud pit with B. Hussein.

Mojave Mark on September 24, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Kass is full of p&v today. I agree, that’s a great potential set of ads.

DrSteve on September 24, 2008 at 9:10 AM

I didn’t think I would ever say it, but I miss Mayor Washington. At least he had put the interest of the city ahead of himself. RIP

jbh45 on September 24, 2008 at 9:14 AM

The brother of the mayor of a city in the state Obama represents in the Senate is a lobbyist?

A not so subtle attempt at degrees of separation? You need to read the crib notes and maybe find another opening line.

That was the start of a long relationship that has paid off politically for Barack Obama, connecting him to Daley’s inner circle.

At City Hall, Michelle Obama forged close and lasting friendships with Jarrett and many other top Daley aides, including former Corporation Counsel Susan Sher and David Mosena, who was the mayor’s chief of staff when Michelle Obama first joined his administration. She left in 1993.

All have long since left the city payroll as well, but are loyal to the mayor and now the Obamas. Their careers also have frequently overlapped, and together they make up a network that reaches into virtually every aspect of Chicago politics.

You can return to home base to read the rest of the Chicago Trib story.

Nichevo on September 24, 2008 at 9:15 AM

$15,000 a month for 3 years = $540,000. So, compared to Obama’s Freddie contribution, I’d say that’s a lot.

The fair comparison would be to say that Rick Davis wasn’t personally doing $540,000 worth of lobbying, whereas the former CEO of Freddie or Fannie (I forget which) was responsible for picking Obama’s VP.

Outlander on September 24, 2008 at 8:49 AM

A lobbiest does real work. What did the money to Obama buy?

MarkTheGreat on September 24, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Try this instead.

Firm owned by McCain campaign manager is paid $15,000 a month to lobby.
Obama paid over $120,000 by Freddy Mac.

How does that comparison sound.

Sounds like the McCain guy will pass the Obama guy in a matter of months.

Also sounds like there’s no significant difference between the parties.

Also sounds like I’ll be voting third party.

angelat0763 on September 24, 2008 at 9:16 AM

$15,000 a month for 3 years = $540,000. So, compared to Obama’s Freddie contribution, I’d say that’s a lot.

The govt will take about 1/2 of that in taxes. You don’t have to pay taxes on bribes campaign contributions.

MarkTheGreat on September 24, 2008 at 9:18 AM

And by the way, $15,000 a month is peanuts in Washington. That’s a minimum retainer for a firm like Davis’. A serious, active lobbying effort costs $50,000 a month and up.

rockmom on September 24, 2008 at 9:02 AM

Disgraced Gov. Spitzer dropped up to $80,000 on sex with prostitutes, sources revealed.

Couldn’t even by this nobody.

right2bright on September 24, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Mr. Joe on September 24, 2008 at 7:54 AM

Ay carumba.

Akzed on September 24, 2008 at 9:21 AM

“Also sounds like I’ll be voting third party.”

By all means, vote for the hobos that no one would think of paying to do anything, but stay away.

Except for that Wayne Allen Root guy. He’s got a three team parlay on Saturday that’s a STONE COLD LEAD PIPE LOCK! AND IF YOU CALL NOW . . . ”

I like Wayne Allen Root because he graduated from Columbia the same year as Obama and says “never saw the guy here, didn’t know him”.

NoDonkey on September 24, 2008 at 9:22 AM

You have barely a clue what’s going on here in Chicago. Yesterday Daley told neighborhood bars to stop selling beer after the 7th inning of Cubs games. His quote was “I don’t care. They’ve made enough money already”. He siad if they don;t comply voluntarily he’ll find ways to make sure they are put out of buisiness entirely using “nuisance comlaints”. Remember when Chicago banned foie gras?

dm60462 on September 24, 2008 at 9:23 AM

If lobbyists are so “bad” then outlaw them. If Obama thinks that lobbyists are that bad, create a bill to ban them from contacting any senator…let’s see how far that bill gets.
You have Feinstein funneling contracts to her husbands off shore firms, and she is asked to “step down” from chairmanship…Rains makes 20,30, 40 you name the millions, working with Obama…oh yeah, he is not on the payroll so that is okay. Well you don’t have to pay someone a wage if they have already made 50 million off of you. Duhhhh!!!

right2bright on September 24, 2008 at 9:25 AM

The more Daley gets prompted into defending Obama, the better America can see the kind of environment that produced Obama, and the utter lack of effort Obama put into reforming it.

Ed, you say that like you believe the American people actually care. There has been so much of this stuff out there for all to see – Rev. Wright, Ayers, Rezko – to name but a few; and yet The One is still worshipped and adored by the sheeple.

I despair for my country.

KrisinNE on September 24, 2008 at 9:25 AM

I’m sick of hearing about who is and isn’t a lobbyist from both sides. It’s not illegal to be one. The problem is the corrupt ones.

CP on September 24, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Well now genealogist are looking at the Birth Certificate the official document that was posted for Obama, and it has problems. You know this is very sloppy, I wonder who uploaded this version of Obama’s birth certificate. This one has been tampered with or photo shopped. Back when Obama was born in 1961 his father’s race would not be designated “African” it would have been designated “Negro” so why was this document offered up as proof of Obama’s U.S. citizenship. This is what genealogist do they look at a document in this case a vital record: Birth, Marriage and Death, and go over it this one is not passing the smell test.

http://sarah-palin-2008.blogspot.com/2008/09/has-obamas-real-birth-certificate-ever.html

Dr Evil on September 24, 2008 at 9:39 AM

McCain was exonerated in the Keating Five crap.

jgapinoy on September 24, 2008 at 9:58 AM

1. Bill Daley not only acted as a lobbyist, he was a Fannie Mae board member.

2. People debating how much Obama took from the GSEs should also consider the almost $400,000 he took from Lehman Bros. Obama has taken more cash from the financial/insurance/real estate sector than McCain. Obama has taken about three times as much money from lawyers and lobbyists as McCain.

Karl on September 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Hizzoner needs to worry less about McCain ads and more about the fact that we-his serfs citizens pay the highest sales tax in the NATION!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 24, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Dr.Steve:
Kass is great!
Still…I wonder what Mike Royko would have said about all this.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 24, 2008 at 10:09 AM

via HotAir headlines, the “Davis got 15K a month” appears to be another NYT smear job:

Today the New York Times launched its latest attack on this campaign in its capacity as an Obama advocacy organization. Let us be clear about what this story alleges: The New York Times charges that McCain-Palin 2008 campaign manager Rick Davis was paid by Freddie Mac until last month, contrary to previous reporting, as well as statements by this campaign and by Mr. Davis himself.

In fact, the allegation is demonstrably false. As has been previously reported, Mr. Davis separated from his consulting firm, Davis Manafort, in 2006. As has been previously reported, Mr. Davis has seen no income from Davis Manafort since 2006. Zero. Mr. Davis has received no salary or compensation since 2006. Mr. Davis has received no profit or partner distributions from that firm on any basis — weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual — since 2006. Again, zero. Neither has Mr. Davis received any equity in the firm based on profits derived since his financial separation from Davis Manafort in 2006.

Karl on September 24, 2008 at 10:10 AM

You can always tell when Daly is lying….his mouth is open.

GarandFan on September 24, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Couric asks Obama and McCain what their favorite movies are:

Obama: Oh, I think it would have to be the Godfather. One and two. Three not so much. So–so–but that–that saga I love that movie.

COURIC to Obama: Do you have a favorite scene?

Obama: Love–love those movies. I–you know–so many of them. I think my favorite has to be –you know, the opening scene of the first Godfather where, you know, the opening scene of the first Godfather where the caretaker comes in and, you know, Marlon Brando is sitting there and he’s saying “you disrespected me. You know and now you want a favor.” You know it sets the tone for the whole movie. Now there–

COURIC: And all hell breaks lose, right?

Obama: Yeah, right. I mean there’s this combination of old world gentility and you know, ritual with this savagery underneath. It’s all about family

Interesting…………

covel on September 24, 2008 at 10:29 AM

Watch out that the river wards don’t factor into this election a la 1960 and Kennedy’s win. There is a saying that probably originated in Chicago: “Vote early, vote often.”

Mallard T. Drake on September 24, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Bill Daley will likely be the next governor of Illinois. Its just so much more efficient.

billypaintbrush on September 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM

CP on September 24, 2008 at 9:33 AM

The problem isn’t corrupt lobbyists, it’s corrupt politicians.

cthulhu on September 24, 2008 at 12:26 PM

I only got this far:

Oh, really? The Chicago Tribune suggests that Mayor Daley keep up with the family’s Christmas newsletters:

before I started laughing out loud! Fortunately, I did not have any liquids in my mouth or I might not be typing this right now.

Wildcatter1980 on September 24, 2008 at 12:49 PM

It’s fun to see our very own Squeaky da Mare on a national stage. If there is a stupider, more ridiculous-appearing person in the public eye, I don’t know who it would be. He is a well-kept secret.

Jaibones on September 24, 2008 at 3:19 PM

The more Daley gets prompted into defending Obama, the better America can see the kind of environment that produced Obama, and the utter lack of effort Obama put into reforming it.

Ed, you said a mouthful. I grew up in the Chicago area and my parents still live there. Out them for the crooks that they are (Daley and co, not my parents). :)

Big John on September 24, 2008 at 5:55 PM