John Kass on Obama's IG Meddling

Rick Moran
John Kass, another in a long line of Chicago columnists, has contributed much to our understanding of Obama's roots and how the president plays politics - "The Chicago Way." (Kass coined the term).

In this Chicago Tribune column, Kass looks at the growing Inspector General scandal and chalks it up to how Obama learned the game while being exposed to Machine politics:

The use of political muscle may be prohibited in the mythic transcendental fairyland where much of the Obama spin originates, sprouting green and lush, like the never-ending fields of primo Hopium.

But our president is from Chicago. Obama's Media Merlin David Axelrod and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel come right from Chicago Democratic machine boss Mayor Richard Daley. They don't believe in fairies.

Daley can't wait to be rid of his own inspector general, David Hoffman, who had the audacity to question why Daley's nephew received $68 million in city pension funds to invest. The mayor insists he didn't know anything about it. Nobody with a functioning brain believes the mayor.

The second that Hoffman's term expires, the mayor will change the locks on his office doors and move Hoffman's house plants out into the cold. Daley might even send some of the same political tough guys who helped elect Emanuel to Congress years ago, all in the name of reform.

It's the Chicago Way. Now, formally, it's also the Chicago on the Potomac Way.

Indeed it is. Kass, like many of us, are just flabbergasted that most of the national press has ignored Obama's Chicago roots and have drunk the koolaid that Obama is some kind of reformer:

The Washington Beltway media pack, exhausted after the cynicism of the Bush years, was eager for change. Many fired up their Hopium pipes and waited, glassy eyed, for the rapture, all but chanting "Yes We Can." Now they're coming down hard.

So here's my question:

What's the big surprise? What strange, exotic land do they think Obama comes from?

Narnia, Kass asks? Perhaps Camelot, he wonders?

Read the whole thing from one of the most entertaining columnists in the business.

John Kass, another in a long line of Chicago columnists, has contributed much to our understanding of Obama's roots and how the president plays politics - "The Chicago Way." (Kass coined the term).

In this Chicago Tribune column, Kass looks at the growing Inspector General scandal and chalks it up to how Obama learned the game while being exposed to Machine politics:

The use of political muscle may be prohibited in the mythic transcendental fairyland where much of the Obama spin originates, sprouting green and lush, like the never-ending fields of primo Hopium.

But our president is from Chicago. Obama's Media Merlin David Axelrod and chief of staff Rahm Emanuel come right from Chicago Democratic machine boss Mayor Richard Daley. They don't believe in fairies.

Daley can't wait to be rid of his own inspector general, David Hoffman, who had the audacity to question why Daley's nephew received $68 million in city pension funds to invest. The mayor insists he didn't know anything about it. Nobody with a functioning brain believes the mayor.

The second that Hoffman's term expires, the mayor will change the locks on his office doors and move Hoffman's house plants out into the cold. Daley might even send some of the same political tough guys who helped elect Emanuel to Congress years ago, all in the name of reform.

It's the Chicago Way. Now, formally, it's also the Chicago on the Potomac Way.

Indeed it is. Kass, like many of us, are just flabbergasted that most of the national press has ignored Obama's Chicago roots and have drunk the koolaid that Obama is some kind of reformer:

The Washington Beltway media pack, exhausted after the cynicism of the Bush years, was eager for change. Many fired up their Hopium pipes and waited, glassy eyed, for the rapture, all but chanting "Yes We Can." Now they're coming down hard.

So here's my question:

What's the big surprise? What strange, exotic land do they think Obama comes from?

Narnia, Kass asks? Perhaps Camelot, he wonders?

Read the whole thing from one of the most entertaining columnists in the business.