Mayor Rahm Emanuel is near to being pushed out of office by his
closest allies: former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton and President Barack Obama. Emanuel’s belligerent
promotion of the privatization of public education at the behest of
the Cartel of corporations, foundations, and Wall Street financiers,
coupled with the Chicago Teacher Union’s (CTU) call for his
resignation earlier this week (while they negotiate with him for a
new contract), will likely be the final straws that will lead to his
involuntarily leaving office. A perfect storm is forming for his
removal, despite his best efforts to avoid it.
Hillary has a long and complicated relationship with Emanuel dating
from his service as a Clinton bulldog and hatchet man in the
administration of President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. They have
remained political bedfellows since that period. During the onset of
Emanuel’s conflicts with the teachers’ union and the
police scandal, Hillary publicly stated her confidence in his ability
to solve these crises. Now she is in a delicate position as her
campaign for president is buffeted by the rise of her major opponent,
Sen. Bernie Sanders, in the forthcoming Iowa and New Hampshire
primary races. He currently leads in both races.
Hillary previously held a double-digit lead in national polls that
rested, in large part, on the strong support of African Americans for
her candidacy, two national polls released yesterday show that Sen.
Sanders has closed the gap to single digits. Hillary’s backing
in the black community will be severely tested when she enters the
third Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina in late
February 2016 where the majority of the primary voters will be
Emanuel’s troubles mount, Hillary finds herself in the
unenviable position of holding on to black voters if she stands by
him. She cannot survive the Sanders challenge if she is publicly
identified as an Emanuel supporter while he is being asked to resign
by Chicago’s African American, Hispanic, and a growing segment
of the broader community for his cover up and mishandling of the
alleged police murders of Laquan McDonald and Rekia Boyd in the
streets like dogs.
after initially being challenged by leaders of “Black Lives
Matter (BLM),” hired a BLM member to be one of his
spokespersons. In the past month, he has also been endorsed by
African American hip hop rappers, Killer Mike and Bun B, who further
threaten Hillary’s standing among black millennials and the
wider African American community. Thus, she is in a position similar
to her 2008 race against then Sen. Barack Obama after she lost the
Iowa primary. Prior to that race, Hillary led him by 24 points in
the Black community in national polls but dropped precipitously into
the low single digits and never recovered after that. She is now
facing a similar challenge in 2016.
campaign is in serious discussions as to when and how to publicly
break with Emanuel over his handling of his police and public
education crises and to diplomatically encourage him to leave office.
She and Bill have dropped close friends and political allies before
when it was in their political interests: Lani Guinier, a Yale law
school classmate of both Hillary and Bill, in 1993 when Bill withdrew
her nomination for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the
Justice Department after conservative pushback. In 1996, Peter
Edelman (husband of Marian Wright Edelman, President of the
Children’s Defense Fund, who gave Hillary an internship there
while she was in law school) had his nomination for a federal
judgeship withheld after he and his wife strenuously opposed Bill
Clinton’s signing of the welfare reform bill.
is decision time on Rahm Emanuel. Hillary has watched his close
ally, Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, who worked with
Emanuel to privatize Chicago’s public schools and to attack
education and other public-sector unions, abandon him and endorse his
removal from office along with Chicago-area Democratic elected
officials. As support for Emanuel crumbles, Hillary is finding
herself alone on a political island.
President Obama is confronting a similar dilemma that could impact
his political legacy. Rahm Emanuel served as his chief of staff and
spearheaded his alliance with the Cartel in the dismantling of public
education nationally. On January 29, 2009, Cartel representatives
met with Obama in the Oval Office and handed him a draft of Race to
the Top (RTTT) which has been arguably the most destructive piece of
legislation for public education ever. Under the RTTT umbrella,
thousands of corporate charter schools have been opened, tens of
thousands of teachers have been fired, thousands of public schools
have been closed, repurposed, and/or converted to corporate charters,
and the African American middle class has been decimated.
addition, Obama has successively appointed two reactionary U.S.
Education Secretaries (Arne Duncan and Dr. John King, a black Puerto
Rican) whose fealties to the Cartel are unquestioned. Dr. King,
former Commissioner of Education for the State of New York, has been
appointed Acting Education Secretary because his attacks on public
education and teachers were so vitriolic during his tenure that Obama
could not risk a public battle over his confirmation between his
administration and his public-sector union allies who were
significantly responsible for his successful 2008 and 2012 elections.
the Cartel’s insistence, Obama declined to appoint Dr. Linda
Darling Hammond, former dean of the Stanford University School of
Education, currently Charles E.
and an internationally-recognized expert on teacher and urban
education as the first African American female U.S. Education
Secretary (appointing Arne Duncan instead). Dr. Darling-Hammond was
led to believe the nomination was forthcoming after she took on the
assignment of chairing Obama’s transition team for the
The national black
community is becoming increasingly aware of his dismantling of public
education, and Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers Union, and
her members have experienced firsthand the Obama administration’s
devastation of public education in Chicago via his and the Cartel’s
surrogate, Rahm Emanuel.
legacy is at stake with his continuing attachment to his former chief
of staff. He cannot afford to be linked with Emanuel as the
controversy over his continuing assaults on public education, his
police department’s cover up of murders of African American
males and females, and just last week his senior corporation
counsel’s concealment of evidence in a trial of
two Chicago police officers over a fatal Chicago
police shooting and then lying about his reasons for doing so.
The presiding judge threw out the not guilty verdict and ordered the
city to pay attorney's fees to the plaintiffs that likely will amount
to hundreds of thousands of dollars even before a retrial can take
Obama has a choice to make. He can remain silent and hope the
Emanuel catastrophe ebbs, or he can call and counsel him to leave
office before he further undermines the Obama legacy and unwittingly
sabotages the election of Hillary Clinton to the U.S. presidency.
Obama’s best option is to call Emanuel as he did to settle the
2012 teachers’ strike and ask him to step down.
are boiling in Chicago and are unlikely to cool before President
Obama returns to the city to begin construction of his presidential
library in 2017. Is he willing to hazard possible protests from his
brothers and sisters who are beginning to connect the dots between
the Cartel, the Obama Administration, the mayor, and the destruction
of the nation’s third largest school system if Emanuel is still
Emanuel needs to go in order for his two confidantes to politically
survive and thrive. It is just a matter of time before he doe