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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Saint Barack

One of my favorite columnists, who sometimes does politics, sometimes local fluff, and always writes good stuff is John Kass of the Chicago Tribune.

A few days ago he wrote an excellent column about the Senate's golden boy, Barack Obama, the junior Senator from Illinois. For those who don't remember or know of Obama, he gave the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention. He is being groomed for bigger, better things by the party, because while they claim to be champions of the little guy and minorities, the faces of the party are all Lilly white rich guys.

Kass's column "Obama Might Be Walking on Hot Water" explains how the Senator needs to be careful in his new found role as Democratic mouthpiece on corruption. You see, the Democratic Party in Illinois is having a few issues of it's own with corruption. Specifically the governor of the state and the Mayor of Chicago are both embroiled in some type of 'pay for play' scandals.

While the Abramoff scandal is a national one, guys like Obama have to remember that old saying "all politics are local". Jack Ambramoff plays great on CNN and ABC World News Tonight, but on Chicago and Rockford's evening news, it's more about the Hired Truck fiasco in Chicago and the State Teacher's Pension fund in Springfield.

In his column Kass warns Obama about the trap he faces in his job of beating on Republican's over corruption. If any bad money in Chicago or Springfield ends up tied to him, he loses his credibility. Rahm Emmanuel, a Clinton protege and current congressman from Chicago may find that out in coming months as more folks close to Mayor Daly start rolling in the truck scandal.

That would be a bad thing for not only him, but the higher ups in the party, who want him to do great things. Anyone who's cleaned it knows that tarnish is hard to get off of gold.

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Blogger Assorted Babble by Suzie said...

The golden boy needs to watch out. I read somewhere (probably on a blog) that it mention of him VP to Hillary later on in the race. I remember watching the Democrat Convention and him speaking. He sure has been in front of the microphone quite a bit lately. I need to go and read your link. Thanks for this info. (smiling)

3:55 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Chicago and Detroit seem to be epi-centers of the real culture of corruption. Sadly, the corruption of these areas are never blamed on the party as the partisans seem to be liberals and are thus quietly forgiven rather than criticized.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Suzie, it wouldn't be surprising to see him on the ballot, especially Condi is somehow convinced to run.

Shoprat- Madison, Wi is trying to horn into their territory as an epicenter. The Governor there has his own little issues with state contracts. (Guess which party he belongs to)

7:49 PM  

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