For heavens sake! All the other important news going on and all anyone wants to talk about is “The Obamas.” Suddenly everything that happens around here is seen through Ms. Jodi Kantor’s prism.
Take William Daley’s decision to leave his post as Chief of Staff a little (like a year) early.
I’m not sure why he suddenly decided to spend more time with his family, butt I am certain that it had nothing to do with the fact that Lady M was "distressed" by how a small group of "white Irish Catholic" families -- the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans -- "locked up" power in Illinois.
Sheeze! It was an observation that Lady M made a long, long time ago, and it’s not as if it was racist or anything. Besides, MO has totally forgiven Billy’s brother, former Mayor Richard Daley II for being - well, powerful.
After all, the Chicago Irish Mafia realized long ago that in order to maintain power they needed to embrace select African-American and Hispanic-American families who were willing to
prostitute themselves to the Machine sacrifice in exchange for membership in the patronage system. Because, as you know, membership has its legacy privileges.
So now along with the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans we have the Carotherses, the Jacksons and the Strogers. Chicago is proof positive that America truly is a melting pot; where our perpetual, elite, Political Class is totally, if selectively, integrated.
Anyway, Lady M’s comment was simply based on the reality that in Chicago the Irish mafia has been buying elections since 1960.
There’s no way that Lady M – in the middle of her extensive year-and-a-half experience working for the Daley political machine under Val-Jar’s watchful eye – could have possibly known that this very same Irish mafia she was condemning back in 1991 would one day buy the election for Big Guy too: is this a great country or what?
Butt back to Billy – it’s less surprising that he’s leaving than it was that he landed here in the first place. He was - and is - far too centrist to help Big Guy “fundamentally transform America.” Some people, who Big Guy no longer listens to, convinced him to bring Billy onboard so moderates would think that he was adopting a Clintonian stance in order to “alter his image as a radical.”
Butt let’s be honest: “centrist” just isn’t in Big Guy’s DNA. So now that Billy’s brother, Richard, has temporarily passed the family scepter to Rhambo, we don’t really have to listen to those radical Chicago moderates so much anymore.
And speaking of loyalty from the old Chicago crowd, old Ax-man really came through for us last Sunday again. You really can’t breed fealty like this, butt you can buy it. And we own David Axelrod. He’s one of our best trained
monkeys spokesmen. You can see his skills on display on last Sunday’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos by either watching the whole segment, or reading the transcript here, butt allow me provide the highlight:
STEPHANOPOULOS: (snip) Jodi Kantor talked to 33 people inside and around the White House. It does paint a portrait of a very tense White House, and fights between the East Wing and the West Wing. Is it an accurate portrayal?
AXELROD: No, it's not. You know -- you can take any one incident and exaggerate...
STEPHANOPOULOS: That incident is true, though, isn't it?
AXELROD: Yeah, and the context of it is important. We don't have time to rehearse it here. But George, you were in a White House, you understand that that's very -- every day is a very tense working environment and you have great collegiality and that doesn't mean that people have exchanges and words.
I think the first lady and her staff worked very well when I was there with the West Wing. She's a sensational person and highly regarded by everybody who works there.
Did you catch the important part? “We don't have time to rehearse it here.” He must have been tired, what with all the rehearsing he had to do regarding the questions and answers about the Republican debate, in order to let that slip out. Although I suppose most people already know that our MSM lapdogs generally rehearse all their questions with our “say anything” political hacks (I’m talking about you Debbie) before they tape their shows.
Be careful, or your face will freeze that way
How many times do I have to tell you? Don’t mess with Lady M!
Housekeeping Note: I’m sure you’ve noticed that I CHANGEd my header today. I know, I know, nobody likes CHANGE, butt I think it’s an improvement.More on point, and easier on the eyes. My internationally famous, award winning MO Fashion video is still here, just scootched over to the sidebar and now it links to a new page where the video is way bigger than it was in the header. I HOPE everybody likes my new look! (H/T for the change to UpNorthLurkin)