Skip to comments.The Daley Machine Goes National
Posted on 12/12/2008 8:01:55 AM PST by Maxstake
The Daley Machine Goes National Michael Reagan Thursday, December 11, 2008
At the moment it seems clear that Barack Obama has had no direct involvement in the growing scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but nothing can remove the stench of Chicago politics that engulfs Obama thanks to his appointments of the Chicago Three.
Let it be said at the outset -- the only way Barack Obama can separate himself from any hint of the sordid corruption that is the earmark of Chicago's Daley machine is to send the Chicago Three back to the political sewer from which they have emerged.
Obama has chosen three long-time associates, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, to fill key posts in his administration. All are products of the scandal-ridden Richard Daley machine that dominates the city's politics, and by virtue of that fact alone they are unfit to serve in top White House posts.
This is not a matter of guilt by association. If you're a member of an organized crime family -- even if you've never killed anybody -- you're still part of an organization that routinely commits murder and you share in the guilt.
The same thing is true if you're closely associated with a notoriously corrupt political machine such as Chicago's Daley machine -- you are more than merely tainted by the corruption, you share in it.
Rahm Emanuel, Obama's choice to be White House chief of staff, signed on with Mayor Daley as long ago as 1987, when Daley was running for mayor.
According to news accounts, Emanuel served as a fundraiser for Daley, aggressively convincing donors to give money to Daley's campaign. After Emanuel served in the Clinton White House, Daley welcomed him back to Chicago with open arms, endorsing him in 2002 to fill the congressional seat left vacant when Rod Blagojevich ran for governor.
Daley pulled out all stops to help Emanuel win. And he wound up in the U.S. Congress thanks to the mayor.
He is a product of the corrupt Daley regime and as such is clearly unfit to be White House chief of staff.
Before he went to work for Obama, David Axelrod spent years working for the Daley Machine.
In 2005, he proved his loyalty to the machine when U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald was investigating corruption in Illinois. Axelrod attacked him for daring to criminalize the sleazy style of politics in Chicago,
In an op-ed piece Axelrod insisted that trading political favors -- including jobs, known as "pay for play" these days -- is an essential part of the process that makes government work.
Axelrod has been the liaison between the Daley Machine and Barack Obama. Giving him a key White House post cannot cleanse him of his association with the endemic corruption of the Daley Machine, which he has long and faithfully served. Send him back to their welcoming arms.
There is no question of Valerie Jarrett's association with the Daley Machine. She once served as Richard Daley's chief of staff and has been described as a key cog in the Daley Machine. That fact alone disqualifies her from serving in the post of advisor to the president of the United States. Moreover, she has been under a cloud of suspicion for her roles in a couple of sordid scandals involving public housing in Chicago.
Said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton: "Like Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett is a product of the corrupt Chicago political machine. And it is no stretch to say that she was a slumlord.
"We have real concerns about Jarrett's ethics. Washington already has plenty of corruption. We don't need to import more of it from Chicago," Fitton added.
According to Robert Grant, special agent in charge of the FBI's Chicago office: "If it [Illinois] isn't the most corrupt state in the United States, it's certainly one hell of a competitor."
America can do without any hint of the Illinois corruption the Chicago Three represent.
For anyone that does not know that 'p'resident elect Marxist Imam Obama is painted with the same Chicago Political Tar-Brush as Blagojevich, the "Brooklyn Bridge" is For Sale if your interested.
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“At the moment it seems clear that Barack Obama has had no direct involvement in the growing scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but nothing can remove the stench of Chicago politics that engulfs Obama thanks to his appointments of the Chicago Three.”
I don’t know that...I believe and this is my own opinion, OBAMA IS UP TO HIS EARS IN THIS MESS.
I wonder how clear Obama actually is about the corruption. He comes across as a rookie who is just going along with his puppeteers. Anyone?
“There is no question of Valerie Jarrett’s association with the Daley Machine. She once served as Richard Daley’s chief of staff and has been described as a key cog in the Daley Machine. That fact alone disqualifies her from serving in the post of advisor to the president of the United States.”
Is this the same Valerie who hired Michele Obama as an assistant to the chief of staff?
Way to go!
“At the moment it seems clear that Barack Obama has had no direct involvement in the growing scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich”
I think it’s clear that the above is not clear at all and I’d like to see conservative writers stop feeling the need to preface every piece they write with it.
(referring to the first Mayor Daley): (member of Blues Brothers band, working at a fancy restaurant): "No, sir, Mayor Daley no longer dines here. No, sir, he's dead, sir."
I hear Blago is an Elvis fan. From the end of the Blues Brothers:
"Everybody in the whole cell block is dancin' to the jailhouse rock"
“I have updated my link to include the telephone number for Blago’s office. The guy who answered when I called sounded surprised that I was calling in support of the governor. I say we give some encouragement to this guy who obviously is being scapegoated to protect Obama.”
Blago needs to hold firm ... a few more leaks would be appreciated, too. :)
Let us now join in the hymn
O Rahm, O Rahm, Emanuel...
“At the moment it seems clear that Barack Obama has had no direct involvement in the growing scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ...”
Thanks for the encouraging words. Without them I might have stopped after posting one link but because you encouraged me I took it a step further, located the telephone number to Blago's office and called in my support. The fellow who answered the phone sounded disheartened, then surprised when I said I was calling in support of the governor. I think we can really make a difference if Blago gets word that people from all over the country are calling in support because we believe he is being scapegoated.
Here is a new link which includes the phone number:
Called and talked to a woman who thanked me for my support. I called the Chicago number (312).
Thanks Maggie. I'm not even going to ask you what the "f" stands for. I hope it stands for call the Fn' Governor and tell him not to quit.
Maybe I am being silly but I really think this is a great idea. And someone mentioned that if Blago stays in he could really blow everyone's minds by appointing Alan Keyes to take Obama's seat.
“Valerie Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader. She is best known for her role as an advisor to President-Elect Barack Obama. Jarrett has been appointed a senior advisor in the incoming Obama administration. She is currently serving as a co-chairperson of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
“Chosen for: White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison. Ms. Jarrett is also co-chairwoman of the Obama transition team.
“Will bring to the job: Experience in negotiation, persuasion and conflict resolution; a long record of outreach to the African-American community; fierce, almost familial loyalty to Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, both of whom she has helped work through decisions and fix problems. No Washington experience.”
YET KNOWING THAT JARRETT WANTED HIS SENATORIAL JOB, OSAMA CLAIMS NO INVOLVEMENT? Who is the jerk trying to convince? ROTFLMAO at the abursidity!
“Obama has chosen three long-time associates, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett, to fill key posts in his administration. All are products of the scandal-ridden Richard Daley machine that dominates the city’s politics, and by virtue of that fact alone they are unfit to serve in top White House posts. “
I odn’t think he has a choice. He wouldn’t be where he is today without the Chicago machine.
He makes his point that Barry O’ is just as tainted as “the Chicago three” because Barry O’ is cut from the same cloth.
Doesn’t Michael Reagan even read his own words?
If David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett are part of the Daley Machine, so then is Barry O’ — as much or more so.
Barry O’ has NO ONE close to him who is not involved in dirty politics. And HE HIMSELF is also involved. Just ask those who tried to run against him for his Illinois Senate seat or his Federal Senate seat.
Dirty is as dirty does.
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