• All Hail Mayor Rahm Emanuel, All-Powerful Ruler of Chicago

    As a Chicago resident, I for one welcome our new 9.5-fingered overlord

    Rahm Emanuel, a top adviser to two U.S. presidents who returned to Chicago just months ago, swept into the mayor's office Tuesday, inheriting a city reeling from recession and promising to reshape City Hall.

    He achieved what was once considered almost unthinkable, collecting a majority of support against five opponents in the first Chicago election without a sitting mayor on the ballot since 1947…

    Emanuel amassed 55.2 percent with 99.5 percent of city precincts counted, above the 50 percent-plus benchmark he needed to win outright to avoid an April runoff.

    I suppose it's for the best. I don't really know what kind of damage Emanuel will do to the city. But I do know that it's nothing compared to the kind of damage he would have done if he'd lost.

    He gets angry.

    Tags: Chicago, Illinois, Rahm Emanuel


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