The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel meets the residency requirements to run for Chicago mayor, overturning a lower court ruling and re-installing him as the race’s frontrunner.
As if a State Supreme Court would go against a sitting President from the same state.
The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Rahm Emanuel’s name back on the ballot, a day after an appellate court ruled him ineligible to run for mayor of Chicago, and told election officials not to print any ballots that exclude Mr. Emanuel’s name.
Emanuel has continued campaigning as if nothing’s going on.
President Barack Obama wants former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to stay on the Chicago mayoral ballot, a top presidential confidante said Tuesday.
“I think that [Obama] believes that [Emanuel] is eligible, and that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama and fellow Chicagoan, on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The Chicago Board of Elections planned to start printing ballots without Emanuel’s name unless Emanuel’s lawyers can get a “stay” of the appellate court ruling. Emanuel’s lawyers filed their request for a stay just before 5 p.m. Monday
Will it be a case of “what Obama wants, Obama gets”?
The Chicago News Cooperative is reporting that an Illinois Appellate Court has overturned a decision regarding Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago residency. The court reportedly decided Emanuel is not eligible to run for mayor of Chicago because he has not been a resident of the city for one year.
“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement,” the ruling stated. (Read the court decision here.)
Please, Oprah, don’t send me a car. Just less Marianne Williamson and more Halima Bashir.
Michael Moynihan says this article by Richard Cohen is The Worst Column of the Year. I think Michael’s an optimist; the year is not over yet, by a long shot, and elections always are a fountain of poor writing, faulty logic and senseless rhetoric.
“At the end of a president’s first two years in office, there are often changes that occur,” Burton explained on the liberal Bill Press radio show. “There’s going to be a lot of different things the president will have the opportunity to inject some fresh legs and ideas.”
Did the phrase “fresh legs” come up because of former ballet dancer Rahm Emanuel’s upcoming departure?
“I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, “I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”
Not, “we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers so we can find the solution to this problem.”
Instead, “so I know whose ass to kick.”
Does that fill you with confidence? Does it demonstrate effective leadership?
The nation should rejoice in being led by such a diligent a**-kicker in chief in this time of crisis. The latest Punic mission has been to stop offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the North Slope of Alaska for at least another six months, halt already-planned exploratory deep-sea-drilling operations, and cancel lease sales in the Gulf. Subjected to such measures — as proactive as would be the crippling of the airline industry in response to a plane crash — the guilty a**es are indeed sore already. Which is warm comfort for the administration’s repeated failures to stop the spill or contain its spread along the coast.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a prominent bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health–and the brother of incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel–will serve as a senior counselor at the White House Office of Management and Budget on health policy, two Democratic officials said Thursday.
Zeke Emanuel will work closely with Department of Health and Human Services secretary-nominee Tom Daschle to formulate a national health insurance program and to try to curb the swelling cost of health insurance without adversely impacting health care.
Two Emanuels in the White House might sound like a voluble combination, given Rahm Emanuel’s penchant for yelling, but his brother is known for being suave and soft-spoken.
Joe Biden’s Senate seat may go to his son Beau. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, Obama’s pick for interior secretary, could end up being replaced by his brother, Rep. John Salazar.
And Obama’s own seat could go to the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. – less likely now in light of developments in the Rod Blagojevich scandal – or to the daughter of Illinois’ current House speaker.
Let’s get something clear. What Bush and Obama are doing has nothing to do with “saving” the free market” and everything to do with saving the hides of politicians who are responding to the cries of frightened people by overturning sound economic principles in favor of corporate handouts to failing companies who gambled and lost and now want the taxpayer to subsidize their recklessness and incompetence.
Since it’s Advent, and I used it in the title, here it is:
No, other than the name, it has nothing to do with the post, but wouldn’t want you to get bored, would you?
So the difficulty is formulating a response which doesn’t sound crazy.
For starters, we’ve survived without a domestic paramilitary for 240 years. Or, rather, we seem to have done all right with the National Guards fulfilling that function when necessary. We should press Obama to explain why such a thing is necessary — and get him to be more specific than alluding to gauzy generalities about a “common experience” to remind young people what it is to be “an American.”
Another point: Why does Obama wish to divert recruits from the military? Many young Americans sign up for a patriotic “common experience” which informs them what it is to be “an American” every year. We call this common-experience-providing organization the United States Armed Forces. In addition to providing common experiences to many young Americans of diverse backgrounds, the US Armed Forces also serve the minor secondary function of defending the nation against foreign threats.
What is Obama’s goal here if not to undermine one of the main attractors of military service? The campaign continues running on the claim that military recruitment is low. Why does he strive to lower it further?
This “Civil Service Plan” is right out of Castro’s Cuba, where you have to go work al campo in the countryside when you’re twelve years old.
The Emanuel plan is for ages 18-25, so you don’t have the outcry that using minors would generate. However, ages 18-25 are prime job-hunting ages. Anyone who doesn’t comply with the “Civil Service Plan” can be blackballed from any future employment.
Notice how high schools across the country already have mandatory community service as a graduation requirement. Implementing a mandatory “Civil Service Plan” in colleges, considering how academia is sympathetic to Obama, would be the easiest thing in the world.
From that, to making the “Civil Service Plan” mandatory to future employment would only take nod from Congress.
Can’t happen here?
Yes it can!
UPDATE NewsBusters has the transcript, including the “circle of love”:
SMITH: I meant to ask you about the universal service piece of the plan. Can you tell me about it? Like, how is this going to work? Are people going to live in barracks?
EMANUEL: Universal civil defense training…I think he had it at 18, but we were saying somewhere between the ages of 18 to 25, you will do three months of training. You can do it in your(inaudible). Some point in college you can do just that. There can be nothing wrong with all Americans having a joint similar experience of civil …what we call civil defense training or civil service…some sense of service to country in preparation, which will give people a sense of what it means to be an American. We propose three months. At the end of the day someone says it should be four more. I’m not going to sit here and hold it up.
SMITH: I mean it’s a lot more than the U.S. government asks of anybody right now.
EMANUEL: Guess what? We have a lot more challenges, so we are going to need a lot to do it.
SMITH: I mean I don’t mean to get hung up on the aesthetics of it, but like uniforms…is it like Europe…people go absent
EMANUEL: If you’re worried about going to have to do 50 jumping jacks, the answer is “yes.”
SMITH: Are you kinda shifting the “country-esque” Army bases in the Summers? I mean… I wonder how it’s going work. This is people’s experiences. It’s so abstract. Do you go nine to five in some course in a Red Cross building?
EMANUEL: The whole idea there is it will be worked on you can do it through your State-National guard could be the vehicle for that. The goal here wasn’t to sit here and work on piece of legislation for ya’ and all that, but that’s one venue of doing it.
SMITH: I’m a little hung up on the Barracks.
EMANUEL: Is there a reason? Do you want to talk about it? Do you have Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage on this? Are you worried about this in some capacity?
SMITH: No, I’m just…just curious
EMANUEL: Rather than figure out if you take a train ride or a barrack, think of it this way: it will be a common experience, and you’ll be prepared. God forbid there’s a chemical hit, there’s another terrorist act, or a natural disaster (which are coming more frequent), there will be a body of citizens who are ready and capable and trained. That’s all you have to think about. We’re all here for you, ok? It’s a circle of love.
No, the real question that needs answering here is who died and made Obama or Michele Catalano arbiter of what constitutes a “lasting gift”? Why does Michele Catalano presume to speak for those who have every right to run their lives as they see fit — not in the way some preening secular moralists dictate they must?