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Rahm Emanuel, the Next Mayor of Chicago

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Posted on Feb 23, 2011
Daniel X. O'Neil (CC-BY)

President Obama’s former chief of staff will take his talents—and epithets—to Chi-town. Rahm Emanuel, who took so much money from the financial industry that David Sirota labeled him a “Financial Industry Cyborg,” scored an impressive victory in Chicago’s mayoral race, despite the fact that he moved back only when he decided to run.

Chicago Tribune:

He achieved what was once considered almost unthinkable, collecting a majority of support against five opponents in the first Chicago election without a sitting mayor on the ballot since 1947.

In a city with its share of racial divisions, Emanuel appealed to voters across those lines. He won the predominantly white wards of his former congressional district on the North and Northwest sides. And the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama also scored substantial margins in predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

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By Paul Hatgil, February 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment
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Who would leave a position as the chief adviser for the President of our country to take job as a mayor of a city?

One who knows the ship is sinking and doesn’t want to go down with it- like all rats..

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By drbhelthi, February 24, 2011 at 7:24 am Link to this comment

The in-Florida-developed, voting machine, fraudulent
software continues to work well for its super-rich,
israeli owners, and the GHWBushSr entourage.

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By fearnotruth, February 23, 2011 at 10:27 pm Link to this comment

virtually any feline’s choice in articulating the ‘levers of power’ would prove more effective in
solving the problems we face - after all, their raison d’être is closer to that of a
genuine human than power freak operatives like Rambozo, in whose political history we
find public incidents like this:

On the night after the 1996 election, “Emanuel was so angry at the president’s
enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign,
grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting ‘Dead! ... Dead! ...
Dead!’ and plunging the knife into the table after every name.”


thank goodness they weren’t in the room with a baseball bat at hand

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By PatrickHenry, February 23, 2011 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment

Which paperless voting machines do they use in Chicago?

Controlled by some zionist hack somewhere no doubt.

No wonder why our elected representatives kiss the zionist ass the way they do.  With the keys to the voting machine my cat could get elected.

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By zagostino, February 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment

“Kabuki Democracy, Eric Alterman’s phrase keeps ringing in my head.

President Bush Junior’s election in 2000 was more sophistica­ted then Mubarak
attempt to install his son to power, yes, but not much.

The political machine that gets Rahm in office as mayor after selling-ou­t
the progressiv­es while in the WH for two years is just another shadow
dancing on the wall of the cave, to mix metaphors.

Richard Wolff’s analysis that the working class is completely spent after
coming home, with husband,wi­fe, kids,and pets, all having to work to make
ends meet, that they have effectivel­y withdrawn from politics. This vacuum
has been filled by the monied interest that have made out like bandits (they
are bandits) since the 1970’s. With all that extra money going to control
the political process which in turn is used to control the economic process.

[For a really good analysis see below]


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By samosamo, February 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment


This is small potatoes. rahmie’s real objective, as is hillbilly
hillary’s also scottie wonker and a host of others, is the white
house, 2012. They know it’s a fair bet that o won’t make it
through the primaries and all those wannabes want a shot at
emulating w and dick’s, slick willie’s, older bush and rear-end
runny reagan’s position, the presidency. And there isn’t one of
those treasonous bastards that I would want to get it!

But considering that those clowns in chitcago elected him,
after all that election just could not have been rigged, then
this country is definitely looking in the maw of bottomless
black hole.

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By Lewis Banelis, February 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment
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Don’t be fooled this just a stepping stone for him. he’s
the typical smarmy politician,talking out of both sides of his
mouth. He’s up to his armpits with influence peddlars. He knows
if Obama can win so can he. Watch for him and Romney,there’s
not a dimes worth of difference between them. Either one will
likely be their parties nominee for President. And the hustle
and scams of the corporations and the moneyed will continue
with either being elected. Look at Obama,what a fraud,what a
scam the corporatocracy foisted on the voters. The appearance of change,while actually none took place. more of the same from
Emmanuel. And the beat goes on.

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By Samson, February 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

Rahm Emanuel, the choice of dead voters everywhere.

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By lasmog, February 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment

Its nice to hear that an investment banker finally caught a break in this country.  And I certainly hope that Obama has mended fences with Wall Street by bringing in a new investment banker (Daley) to replace his old investment banker (Emanuel).

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By m@earth, February 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm Link to this comment
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Out of a population of 2,853,114, I’d hardly consider a vote count of 321773 out a
582494 vote count total to be an impressive victory.  Mapping out the vote count
by ward paints a fairly bleak picture that a good number of those voting for Rahm
are (predictably) Cubs fans.

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By M L, February 23, 2011 at 11:12 am Link to this comment
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Rahm Emanuel won because of corporate money and his association with President Obama. He rammed thru the Health Care legislation taking care of the Private Health Care monopoly with a mandate for millions of Americans to buy Health Insurance or pay a fine.
Rahm Emanuel, like the corporate cons and banksters, is motivated by power and money. Unfotunately, the good people of Chicago just voted against their own best interest.

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By Big B, February 23, 2011 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

This smarmy little prick is living proof that the “system” is FUBAR! The proof lies not in this little worms lack of charactor, but in the hundreds of thousands of mindless drones in the democratic party that cast a vote for continued corruption instead of meaningful change.

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By fearnotruth, February 23, 2011 at 6:02 am Link to this comment

A MOSSAD operative running Chicago - Al Capone is turning in his grave!

Never mind that he died the year before Israel triumphed as the primary Euro-
American colony in the Middle East, amidst the sort of gang warfare that would
have warmed Capone’s heart, e.g. Irgun, Stern Gang, Palmach -

Murder for Hire move over ça change, plus c’est la même chose

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