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'Mayor 1%' Retakes Chicago Office, But Grassroots Groundswell Here to Stay


#1


#2

The legitimacy of elections does not exist. Kermit the Frog could be elected. In fact, a major American city can produce a former Israel Defense Force politician to mayor.


#4

To all the Obama supporters out there, it says a lot the Mayor 1% was his Chief of Staff. But does that mean I like repubs - hell no! The repubs are even worse. But that does not let Obama off easy.


#7

" ...a galvanized Hispanic population united with the African American population united with the white left ..."

If that were really true, Emanuel would have lost ....


#9

The moniker and adjectives used to describe the Mayor and his record are very interesting: Mayor One Percent, entrenched political insider, paragon of Wall Street Democrats, heartless, racist, and authoritarian. Even so, they couldn't cause enough ordinary people to vote for a better man! The article would have been more informative if it had given the size of the turnout and the percentage of the electorate it represented. How could such a man win if the ordinary people in Chicago voted? 56% to 44% is a huge margin. Despite his record, Rahm must not be disliked enough to motivate people to vote against him.


#12

While the Chicago election result is disappointing and disheartening in Commissioner Garcia's loss, I am inspired by Garcia's assessment delivered to his supporters, reported by the AP: "We didn't lose today, we tried. We fought hard for what we believe in. You don't succeed at this or anything else unless you try." I like that. Commissioner Garcia, by all accounts, is a decent, caring, and courageous politician, and I wish him well.


#14

not necessarily. how are the votes counted?

'It doesn't matter who votes, it matters who counts the votes.'

Josef Stalin


#15

Were there any reports of voting irregularities - or significant differences between the count and exit polls - in fact, apparently the pre vote polls showed Emanuel ahead ...

My point is I think one has to be careful about painting too rosy a picture of how all these groups are coming together - i saw another piece that suggested there are definitely tensions between the black and latino communities and that Emanuel got a majority of the black vote ...


#16

It may be true, and Emanuel probably did lose.


#17

Based on what?


#18

Based on the history of Chicago politics. Chicago politics has a sordid history of being very corrupt; going way back to Mayor Daly, that it is not difficult to be anecdotally, skeptical. Rahm may have won fair and square.... but I doubt it!


#19

Ahhh. Could be. thx 4 info.


#21

Proving once again that the American electorate is as dumb as a brick.


#22

I get your point, but if one believes it is impossible for a decent candidate to win in Chicago - then why should anyone try?


#23

I think it just indicates that there is a way to go in the effort to get the disparate groups that constitute the 99% together to upset the "system" that Emanuel represents ...


#24

Please don't get me wrong that it is impossible for a decent, honest candidate to win, because that is exactly what the corrupt 1% want the 99% to think. There was a grassroots groundswell in Chicago that was better than I expected that should give hope for the future.


#25

and a long way to go to install a verifiable and transparent voting system across America, as well. need both. :O) glad that at least Rahm's slimy ways were bared.


#26

I agree! Just gotta keep that 1% from splitting up the 99 ....


#27

But until the 99 get their act together, those slimy ways, bared or not, will keep on slipping through ... doncha think?


#28

yah. we definitely need to get it together. think it's cuz we're such an unruly, opinionated, (maybe cranky?) bunch? :O)