Karen Lewis and Chuy Garcia.
In election news this weekend, the Greeks voted against crushing economic austerity and elected a Leftist government.
Things have gotten so bad for the working people of Greece that even the bullying of the European debt-holders couldn’t frighten them any longer.
“The Greeks have the right to elect whoever they want; we have the right to no longer finance Greek debt,” Hans-Peter Friedrich, a senior member of Ms. Merkel’s conservative bloc, told the daily newspaper Bild on Monday. “The Greeks must now pay the consequences and cannot saddle German taxpayers with them.”
Who has more to lose in this? The Greek people who have carried the weight of austerity for years? Or the German bankers who are threatened by the loss of billions of dollars if they refuse now to bargain the cost of the debt?
There always comes a time when the people have had enough.
Which brings me to another election.
Here in Chicago.
One poll a week or so ago showed Rahm just over the required 50% mark to avoid a run-off.
Yet all other polls since then show him to be where he has been for nearly a year. Far short and at about the 40% mark.
The movement in the polls seems to be over who will come in second and face Rahm head to head in the run-off. Chuy Garcia or Bob Fioretti?
Both are bona fide progressives.
What if $30 million can’t buy the incumbent $30 million Mayor a first round win?
The election is a month from now.
One lesson from the Bill De Blasio win in New York is how quickly things can move and change.
Greece came as a surprise to many.
Six months before De Blasio’s win, Bloomberg’s hand-picked choice to succeed him was expected to do just that.
It’s a question of if we have had enough. If that is the case, then $30 million isn’t near enough.