“There’s just some basic Chicago arithmetic in there. He wouldn’t have received as much votes from the African-American community,” Garcia said. “It isn’t rocket science. It’s arithmetic. And so yes, this tragic video would have had a profound impact.”

Which is why Rahm didn’t want it to be seen, why he had to do everything to keep it under wraps. And he did do everything to keep it under wraps, until the other day.

“And that’s the Chicago Way,” Garcia said.

Yes it is.

You can see the truth of it by watching the other politicians scrambling for cover in the wake of the Laquan McDonald video release.

They don’t like questions about how they helped Rahm win. That puts the jacket on them. And they don’t want to wear the jacket.