Posted on 04-10-2010
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Rahm Emmanuel who resigned as White House chief of staff to launch a bid for Chicago mayor may find his nascent bid scuttled before takeoff.  The problem is Chicago’s one year residency requirement.  While Emmanuel still owns a house in Chicago, he rented it out during his sojourn in Washington.  However, as the article notes Emmanuel can claim a clear intent to return to Chicago since he “maintained ownership of the home, voted absentee earlier this year, pays property taxes on his house, lists the address on his driver’s license, registers his car there, and always intended to return.”

Residency requirements are often political issues.  A few years ago Mitt Romney who had essentially moved to Utah, worked there and received tax breaks for Utah residents returned to Massachusetts to run for governor.  Luckily for him Republicans held 3 out of the 5 seats on the state ballot commission (probably a result of having held the Governor’s mansion for the past decade) and his opponents made only half-hearted attempts to challenge his residency.

But in the hardball world of Chicago politics, where President Obama commenced his electoral career by challenging his primary opponents off the ballot, look for Emmanuel to face some serious opposition in his bid to actually get on the mayoral ballot.  While I think he will get on the ballot, a bigger hurdle may be Cook Country Sheriff Tom Dart, who as the article notes carries the added ethnic advantage of being Irish American in a city that has elected one non-Irish mayor (Harold Washington) since 1933 (when Anton Cermak was assassinated by bullets that may have been intended for FDR).  It will be a messy race to succeed Richard the Second.

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Posted on 04-10-2010
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A couple of long takes on the roots of the tea party and the myths that animate the movement:

  • Matt Taibbi has his inimitable take based on his observances in Kentucky and other states.  There will be no mixed emotions about this.  You will either hate it or love it based on your political leanings.  I could not help chortling at this comment – “The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them.”  With the news seeping about about Rick Scott’s Medicaid fraud, Rand Paul’s back flips on receiving Medicare paymnts (covered in the article), Carl Paladino’s special tax breaks that went to his pocket instead of the intended purpose of job creation, Joe Miller seeking indigent status to get a hunting permit when he was not indigent and Sharron Angle who favors private health care but receives her own coverage through the federal government, that hit a chord.
  • Kevin Drum has his take on how the tea party regurgitates rhetoric like a dormant volcano that erupts when any Democratic president is elected, going back to FDR.  He does not agree with Taibbi’s take on the fears of browning America that seem to animate some of the rhetoric – though even Taibbi refers to the tea party members as narcissists rather than racists.

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This is brilliant (via Andrew Sullivan):

On the value of education

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Posted on 04-10-2010
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(via Matt Yglesias)  Enjoy before the video is taken down:

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