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Change afoot in Obama hometown coverage?

Posted on: September 17, 2008

There may be a change afoot in the hometown coverage of Obama, to wit this article by Dennis Byrne, a writer for Chicago Tribune coming to us via RealClearPolitics – Articles – Obama Sidesteps Reform in Illinois. It starts with a bang, and doesn’t relent.

For those of you who still cling to the fantasy that Barack Obama is “about change,” you should note how he, or his minions, want nothing to do with reforming politics in Illinois, perhaps the most corrupt state in the Union.

We are all too familiar with Clarence Page, Margaret Mitchell, Eric Zorn and other Chi-Town pens that are total in love with BO. But this is the first big admission of the Obama as a creature of the Machine, from a local journo. More excerpts:

State Sen. Emil Jones (D-Chicago) is the Chicago machine politician who might have been most instrumental in jump-starting Obama’s political career. Now, as Illinois Senate president, Jones is the one sitting on the reform legislation, refusing to call it for an expected favorable vote before it officially dies of neglect.

Jones is the pal of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, no friend of reform, who used his amendatory veto power to change the legislation after it passed both houses so that Jones would get another chance to kill it.

If all that’s confusing, welcome to Illinois politics, where intricacy is the best camouflage for chicanery. Suffice to say, neither Blagojevich nor Jones is working for reform.

Blagojevich, who has reaped bundles of cash from state contractors, could be one of the pols most jolted by the prohibition. That explains why he rewrote the legislation in a way that would make it ineffective and why the House overwhelmingly rejected his changes.

Jones now is the only one standing in the way of the reform, with Obama abetting.

Agent of change, my foot

For another taste of Chicago, check out this earlier post done during the convention.

Tell them Joe sent you.

“we don’t want nobody that nobody sent”

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