Oh, Thank Goodness! Another Crisis!
It was the first major quote of the Obama presidency, uttered just days after he won by the man who would become his first chief of staff, and it is the defining mantra of this presidency: “You don’t ever …
Meet Lenny McAllister, an Intriguing GOP Name in Chicago's House Race
The upcoming U.S. House election in Illinois’s second congressional district represents a steep challenge for Republicans; the district gave 90 percent of its vote to Barack Obama in 2008 and was until recently represented by Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr., …
The 'Choice' of Chicago School Teachers, and Parents
Meanwhile in Chicago, the city that generated our president, teachers have walked off the job, leaving the public schools in chaos. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expressing his great frustration that “this is a strike of choice. Because of how close …
Even the Worst Political Hacks Are People, Too
In the Jolt, some thoughts on the egregious mockery of Trig Palin over at Wonkette.
What the crew at Wonkette are arguing is that children are fair game. They deserve it, if you’re angry enough at the parents. …
Ordinary Folks vs. Rahm Emanuel in Chicago
With the holidays approaching, it might seem that the campaign season has slowed. But it is quite a temporary respite.
Chicago has its mayoral-election “primary” on February 22; if no one gets 50 percent (a possibility with the crowded field,) …
Chicago Calls, 'O Come, O Come, Emanuel'
From this morning’s Jolt . . .
I Guess the Daley Grind Got to Him
Small confession: I kind of like Chicago. The city, I mean, not the band.
I speak mostly as a tourist, as I’ve never lived there. …
Rahm Favor-Trading With Blago?
Hmmm. Over at the Blagojevich trial:
Alonzo “Lon” Monk , Blagojevich’s first chief of staff, is the prosecution’s second witness. He was also charged along with Blagojevich in this case but Monk reached a plea agreement with prosecutors …
Gene Sperling, You're No Rahm Emanuel
Oh, Woodward, you big tease.
See, now this is a threat against a reporter:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel allegedly grabbed a reporter by the arm in order to communicate “a threat of physical violence” in the course of …
Obama: Abandoning His Old Ally and His Own Reforms in Chicago
Today’s Morning Jolt spotlights the morning’s bad news about an angry mob storming our embassy compound in Yemen, the hard questions being asked about remarkably thin security at our consulate in Benghazi, and then this update on Chicago:
A Hostile Workplace? Under Rahm? Unthinkable!
In the midweek edition of the Morning Jolt . . .
Stunning: Female Staffers Feel Snubbed by President Who Calls Women ‘Sweetie’
The Washington Post reports, “Friction about the roles of women in the Obama White House grew so intense …
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 …
His Rahm-page Through Washington Comes to an End
Word broke last night that Rahm Emanuel will leave his position as White House Chief of Staff in hopes to move on to a job with real power. The observations from the Jolt:
The Body of the Administration Is About …
The Obama Administration's Strange Approach to Special-Needs Families
Over in the Examiner, Kirstan Hawkins examines the appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to the Department of Health and Human Services to oversee the nation’s Medicaid and Medicare system.
While I was helping my 1-year-old son, Gunner, do his …