Dining with a few Chicago readers as well as in my correspondence with readers who couldn’t make our dinner Wednesday night, I hear the stories, as only natives of the Windy City can tell, of how wonderful their city it is, yet how corrupt its officials. (Kind of like Angelenos singing the praise of our burg, while shaking our heads at some of the antics of our fellows.)
With their words in my head as I headed east on the 80 Thursday morning, a thought occurred to me. And not for the first time. How did the media let Barack Obama get away with styling himself as a “new kind of politician” when he had cut his political teeth in a city known for its corruption and double-dealing?
Why didn’t anyone in the MSM ask him how he could be such a noble figure in politics, given this background? And if he had such a sterling political character, why didn’t they ask him to just just how he stood up to the corruption endemic to Chicago and to identify the double-dealing Cook County officials he helped bring down?