The notion of Emanuel being forced to resign now becomes very real. What will it take for that to happen? Who will call him to a come-to-Jesus meeting? A phone call from Obama? Not likely. Front-page editorials? Possibly. A no-confidence vote from the city council? Can’t see it happening, but could see a bloodbath trying to get there.
All I know is that this is just getting started. And I’m starting to think Emanuel won’t be around to see it finish.
Even before the first video was released I could envision very few scenarios in which Rahm would finish his current term.
Rahm is a corrupt and ineffective manager of an administration that exists only to serve the rich and powerful. Some would say that is the reason for him to stay.
Like a third world dictator escaping the rebellious crowds surrounding the Presidential Palace, I keep seeing him catching a midnight plane out – perhaps to serve in a Hillary cabinet.
Rahm is frantically releasing every dash-cam video that he can find – each with audio missing – in order to get in front of the political crisis that surrounds him.
My pal Matt Farmer tweeted, “DOJ announces it’s coming to town, and Rahm starts releasing police videos like he’s Sting in the 1980s.”
Can we guess whether AG Loretta Lynch and the DOJ really want to investigate the real this? Are they really willing to get down into the dirt and sludge that is the uninterrupted history of the CPD over the past fifty years and longer?
It is not just a culture of racism and violence. It is an institution of racism and violence.
Those like Sun-Times’ reporters Fran Spielman and Mark Brown argue that only the far-left fringe is calling for Rahm’s resignation.
That’s not true. But the element of truth in what they say is that many in the establishment are quite happy to have a weakened mayor sitting on the fifth floor so that they can now grab theirs.
When freshmen Aldermen Rosa and Moore called for a Council committee investigation of Rahm in order to find out what he knew and when he knew it, the elders smacked them down for speaking “out of turn”.
Perhaps it will fall on “the fringe” to truly get to the bottom of all this with a Task Force of our own.