Speaking of Chicago
Progressives scored another victory by forcing Rahm Emmanuel into a run-off with Cook County commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Emmanuel received a mere 45 percent of the vote and Garcia received 35.
Dave Weigel thinks that Rahm ran into trouble for his pure neo-liberalism and belief in privatization.
Rick Perlstein goes further and calls Emmanuel corrupt and only looking to govern for his cronies and himself. I would say that if even half the accusations are true, Perlstein is spot on. This bit stood out to me:
“Indeed, the mayor faced a drumbeat of outstanding journalistic exposés all throughout the campaign. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Deborah Quazzo, an Emanuel school board appointee who runs an investment fund for companies that privatize school functions. They discovered that five companies in which she had an ownership stake have more than tripled their business with the Chicago Public Schools since she joined the board, many of them for contracts drawn up in the suspicious amount of $24,999—one dollar below the amount that required central office approval. (Chicago is the only municipality in Illinois whose school board is appointed by a mayor. But activists succeeded—in an arduous accomplishment against the obstruction attempts of Emanuel backers on the city council—to get an advisory referendum on the ballot in a majority of the city’s wards calling for an elected representative school board. Approximately 90 percent of the voters who could vote for the measure did.)”
I don’t think the spells trouble for Clinton on a national scale in 2016 but it does show that the new urbanization of Democratic Politics can be troubling for Clintonian Third-Way Neo-liberalism in the future. Christine Quinn lost out to De Blasio in the NYC primary for refusing to even give the smallest approvals for worker protections and paid maternity leave until it was too late and she was out flanked on her left.