I know the Chicago political machine quite well. I was born and raised in it. The politicians of Chicago think differently from many places in the United States. Boston is a close cousin, as is New York City. And regionally, these areas are quite different geographically, economically, and politically from their Southern brethern. So the placement of Barack Obama's campaign HQ in Chicago's Prudential Building is not a coincidence.
By its very placement, the Obama administration has fired a shot across the bow of the Texas establishment. As Carl Oglesby once quite intelligently observed in the 1970s -- there is still an ongoing war between the Yankees and the Cowboys.
The Cowboys are those fun loving boys who brought us the JFK assassination, George Bush of all varieties, Karl Rove, Tom Delay, H.L. Hunt and his spawn of energy demons, and barbeque. By quietly highlighting the total Chicago political attitude, Obama is redefining political influence by battling for the soul of America dependent upon what region of the country it's located in.
Currently, it certainly appears that Texas is predominant. Karl Rove is everywhere, and he seems to be in charge. And yet.
The latest TV and internet ads of the Obama campaign not only go for the jugular vein against Mitt Romney -- they go for his aorta as well. Boys and girls-- there is a reason why they call it Chicago politics. And it is no accident that Chicago is the home of the Mafia organization that only controls 90% of the organized crime in this country. Wynn, Waste Management, McKesson, and Countrywide -- and that's just for starters?
Yes, they play hardball politics in Chicago. And hardball politics is the most potent weapon that the Obama can wage in this campaign. Because if we all practice Chicago politics -- we may eventually discover where our liberal testicles are located. And we may finally someday kick some conservative ass!
And one day, GOD FORBID! The left might assert itself once more one day in this country.