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Big news from the weekend is that White House chief of staff William Daley called in Roger Simon and ripped into Mayor Rahm big time!
That would be Roger Simon, columnist for Politico, who used to write a column for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Let me pause to mourn the good ol' days of my long, past youth . . .
OK, now that I'm done with that—back to William Daley.
He said "I don't think Rahm was as beloved (as people now say)" as he mocked Emanuel for stroking reporters into writing puff and fluff: "I'm not reflecting on Rahm, but I'm not angling for something else, you know? Rahm is a lot younger [Emanuel is 51], and he knew he was going to be doing something else in two years or four years or eight years, and I'm in a different stage. I'm not going to become the leaker in chief."
Ooooh, treated, as the kids used to say . . .
Anyway, I don't blame William Daley for being mad at Emanuel. Everything that Emanuel's achieved in politics he owes to the Daleys.
It was Mayor Daley who gave him a fund-raising job back in the 1980s.
Just as it was Mayor Daley who put him on the Chicago Housing Authority board after he left the Clinton White House in the 1990s.
And it was Mayor Daley who pushed him to the front of the line in the 2002 Democratic primary to fill Rod Blagojevich's vacant Fifth Congressional District seat. And just to make sure that Emanuel didn't mess up that campaign, it was Mayor Daley who dispatched ward boss Donald Tomczak and his band of water and sewer department knuckle crackers to harvest the vote.
And of course it was the Daley brothers in concert with President Obama who all but ushered in Emanuel as mayor when the president—clearly exasperated with Emanuel's performance as chief of staff—was trying to figure out how to get him out of the White House.
For which teachers, bus drivers, librarians, and now firefighters have been paying hell as Mayor Emanuel pursues his curious strategy of trying to save Chicago by obliterating its middle class.
By the way, thanks a lot for nothing, Mr. President.
Once in office, however, Mayor Emanuel has been calling in Tom Friedman, David Brooks, and assorted other cheerleaders in the press to talk about how he's the fiduciary wizard who's repairing all the damage caused by his predecessor's smoke-and-mirror budget policies.
Even as he continues most of the same policies.
Funny, how Mayor Emanuel never complained about Daley's fiscal policies when he was counting on the Daleys—William and Richard—to advance his political career.
Then it was—what a marvelous job our enlightened leader is doing. May he serve in office until the end of time . . .
Look, Daley boys, if you'd asked, I'd have told you not to trust the guy. But, sigh, you never asked.
So, tell you what—I'll give you another chance. Here's what you do . . .
Run Sheriff Tom Dart against Emanuel in 2015. Just to remind him that though he's the mayor, he's still not the boss.