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Patience, Aspiring Mayor: Rahm Was Not Built in a Day.


In today’s Morning Jolt, a look at a Chicago election now turned upside down:

Let’s Get Ready to Rahm-ble!

Let me get this straight: Rahm Emanuel’s dreams of moving from the right hand of the president, as White House chief of staff, to a position of real power, mayor of Chicago, because of a small, insignificant detail like . . . the law? How can that be the Chicago way?

The Chicago Sun Times says the hometown fight isn’t over: “Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago Monday by an appellate court panel. But Emanuel ­— who has led the other candidates in fund-raising and in public opinion polls — cautioned he won’t get off the ballot without a fight. ‘I have no doubt, at the end we will prevail at this effort,’ Emanuel told reporters at the Berghoff Restaurant. The Chicago Board of Elections planned to start printing ballots without Emanuel’s name unless Emanuel’s lawyers can get a ‘stay’ of the appellate court ruling. Emanuel’s lawyers filed their request for a stay just before 5 p.m. Monday. ‘We . . . order that the candidate’s name be excluded (or if, necessary, be removed) from the ballot,’ Judge Thomas Hoffman wrote in the opinion upholding the requirement under the state’s municipal code that candidates for mayor in Illinois must have ‘resided in’ the town where they are running for a year before Election Day — in this case Feb. 22. Hoffman was joined by Justice Shelvin Marie Louise Hall.”

Ed Driscoll calls the sudden turn of events, “Schadenfreudemania, served deep-dish Chicago style . . . But given that it’s Chicago, who know what will happen with the appeal. We’ll know it’s over if and when President Obama’s office Fed Exes Rahm another Luca Brasi-style dead fish.

Publius, at Big Government, thinks this amounts to a mere legal speedbump: “Rahm supporters shouldn’t fret too much. The Illinois Supreme Court will sort this out and reinstate Rahm. The Illinois Dems still have the receipt from when they purchased the court.

But Warner Todd Huston at RightWingNews sees logistical headaches: “First of all, it seems pretty sure that his name will not be actually printed on the ballot no matter what the Ill. Supreme Court does with this case. The ballot printing deadline is supposed to be next Monday, January 31 and it is highly doubtful that the Ill. Supreme Court can hear the case and make a decision in time to get his name printed on the ballot.

Michelle Malkin says the ruling will shake up “Crook County,” and Emanuel had a commanding lead heading into the election less than four weeks away. “Just wondering: Will all of Rahm’s Hollywood hot shot donors and other $100,000 Club members get their money back? . . . Rahm gave a short statement to the press (no profanity delay buttons were necessary today). An appeal is on the way. He brushed off suggestion that politics played a role in court decision and said: ‘I have no doubt in the end we will prevail.’ Then, he cackled.”

One of my Chicago readers observed, “I’m glad this was announced today. It will cut down on coverage of the Bears’ loss to Green Bay.” And as MikeTSlapshot quipped, “Jay Cutler to Rahmbo: Thanks, buddy!”

Tags: Rahm Emanuel


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