Great news: Chicago elects Rahm Emanuel mayor for life

posted at 9:10 pm on February 22, 2011 by Allahpundit

Per the Daley dynasty, Chitown seems to love ruthless, larger-than-life, politically hyperconnected Democrats as mayor. Based on that job description, maybe the only guy in America who could have beaten Rahm is Bill Clinton.

CNN says it’s all over, but the Tribune’s being scrupulously cautious at the moment:

With 81 percent of precincts counted, Emanuel had 54.9 percent to 24.5 percent for Gery Chico.

Emanuel is trying to score more than 50 percent to avoid a runoff election on April 5.

City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 9.4 percent and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was at 8.7 percent…

Despite a tremendous amount of attention on the mayor’s race and a slew of hotly-contested aldermanic races, election officials say turnout could be as low as 40 percent. That’s far less than the 50 percent turnout officials were hoping for on Monday.

Last month, before he was temporarily thrown off the ballot by an appellate court ruling, he was polling at just 44 percent. A few days later, the Illinois Supreme Court handed him a 7-0 victory and all the triumphant free PR that comes with it. Tonight, not only will he avoid the runoff by clearing 50 percent, he might well clear 55. Fantastic.

Exit question: Am I mistaken or did Obama decline to campaign for Rahm in the mayoral race? For most presidents that would be a simple judgment call about not using the power of the office to meddle in local affairs, but of course we know by now that that’s no obstacle to The One.


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Bought and paid for.

Mangy Scot on February 23, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Turning Chicago into Zimbabwe.

What is with these moron useful idiot voters. Oops sorry they’re dead.

tarpon on February 23, 2011 at 6:32 AM

He won? Gee what a surprise…

right2bright on February 23, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Exit question: Am I mistaken or did Obama decline to campaign for Rahm in the mayoral race? For most presidents that would be a simple judgment call about not using the power of the office to meddle in local affairs, but of course we know by now that that’s no obstacle to The One.

Exit Answer: Right. O’Blarney the hyperpolitical Idiot-President has no problem puking on the Oval Office carpet or staining the blue dress of the Presidency. His disconnection from the Chicago Mayoral race was simple: the entire election was based on racial special interest groups of the Democrap party…so how was he to pick?

It broke down this way:

Money and Clout/Emanuel — 54%
Police and Fire Unions/Chico — 25%
Hispandering/Del Valle — 9.5%
Whiny Blacks/Braun — 8.5%

On the bright side, Jewish Goldman Sachs money and White House connections were deemed more important than race-victim whining by 54% of the 40% of Chicagoans who bothered to vote, which is a dramatic victory for old-fashioned values in this town.

Remember — Chicago may have a tough-guy reputation, but this is the place where the City Council voted 46 – 1 to urge congress to push for slavery reparations. It is a functionally retarded government. So seeing voters choose clout over PC whining is a step in the right direction.

Jaibones on February 23, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Turning Chicago into Zimbabwe.

What is with these moron useful idiot voters. Oops sorry they’re dead.

tarpon on February 23, 2011 at 6:32 AM

I despise Emanuel as much as the next conservative, but what are you talking about? The Zimbabwe vote lost 54% to 18%. Rahm is about exactly one thing: Rahm.

Jaibones on February 23, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Big cities and the politics of “gimme”.

conservativecaveman on February 23, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Why is Chicago important any more? Everyone is moving out. U.S. Census data shows the population of Chicago has dropped to its lowest levels since 1910 figures.

albill on February 23, 2011 at 8:25 AM

The funny thing is, Rahm might actually be an improvement.

Count to 10 on February 23, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Rahm, have you ever heard be careful of getting what you wished for, you might get it? Well, you got it. Now what are you to do with it. How many teachers are you going to have to lay off in Chicago to balance the budget?

SC.Charlie on February 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM

I don’t like people who especially in an employment context cuss at and otherwise abuse others.

Paul-Cincy on February 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I cannot mention here the “S” word (not the one y’all think about) but geesh, IL is becoming a cesspool magnet for idiots.

ProudPalinFan on February 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Actually:

BO did campaign for Rahm. here is a tv ad I got sick of seeing.

http://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoforRahm#p/u/12/ThhIpN3hyI8

Lothar on February 23, 2011 at 11:05 AM

1 ANY winner in Chicago would not be in the best interests of either the city or the country.
2 At least the damage done by Rahm-bo will be LOCALIZED.
3 Historically Chicago is NOT a stepping stone for national politics.

So there are SOME bright sides.

MaiDee on February 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM

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