|Looks like Friends of the Park has iced Rahm's land give-away deal with billionaire George Lucas.|
I know what you're thinking. The mayoral election is still three years away and there's no single unifying progressive alternative opponent yet in sight. Your divide-and-rule tactics in the communities have worked to some degree. And there's still plenty of time to re-brand and clean up your image and even hand pick a successor if you choose to move on. After all, you've got the best clean-up team money can buy.
By 2019, your pal Hillary Clinton will most likely be be in the White House, federal dollars will be flowing into Chicago and Laquan McDonald, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, school closings and the teachers strike of 2016 (if there even is one) will be just a faded memory.
The Obama Library, the DePaul basketball arena and
I see you've already taken off your fuzzy sweater and dropped that unbecoming, contrite, frowny-face, and gone back to taking revenge on your critics (principal Troy LaRaviere) and rewarding friends, pre-Shakman style.
|Zopp, new deputy mayor in charge of whatever.|
Even funnier was your appointment of Aaron Koch as the new Chief Resilience Officer (or "CRO" as I like to call him). I must admit, you really got me on that one. Padding the bureaucracy with positions that don't even exist. I can't wait to see how Chief Koch is greeted by all the other resilience officers working under him.
|Aaron Koch in charge of "grit".|
Yes, things may be looking a little brighter from where you're sitting, Mayor One Percent. I see you're even smiling about the slow down in the city's steadily rising murder rate. April was a good month for you since the murder rate was up only a tick from a year ago. And a slow increase in the murder rate under your administration is better than a fast one. Right? It's like the glass being half-full.
But a warning. Not much has changed down here on the ground.
The city's debt is mounting. While the CTU probably won't strike this month, that no victory for you. If you make another move to unilaterally violate the contract or fail to negotiate seriously, all bets are off.
The CPD is still out of control with services being withheld in several black and Latino neighborhoods as payback for community protests of police killings.
Friends of the Park have just iced your sweetheart land deal with George Lucas.
Your school system is barely able to stay afloat, nine months without a budget.
Another summer of gun violence is around the corner, largely a result of your failed policies.
And finally, the people of Chicago just don't like you.