First let me make this perfectly clear, the thought of a "Daley" occupying the Illinois Governor's Mansion is the last thing I would want to see. And there are plenty of reasons too as I am probably one of the few who believe that the Daley Family Legacy is more smoke and mirrors than substance. But having Bill Daley as Governor of Illinois is the stuff nightmares are made of.
Like my South Side Irish wife said to me: "Bill Daley is like that kid in the neighborhood who would just show up and even though you didn't want him hanging around with you, most were just too polite to tell him to go away."
Now I am no fan of the current governor either given his propensity to seek the spotlight with his Sunday media events designed to show us that he is a more effective and savvy politician than he really is. But I will say this - I would probably have no problem sharing a beer with him outside of the political arena. I do not doubt that Pat Quinn has certain things he is quite passionate about and I don't begrudge him for that.
But Illinois needs a Governor who has the desire to go after those who have made a mockery of what good governance means. And if that means shattering the Democratic Machine mentality, then so be it. But Pat Quinn, and Bill Daley for that matter, are both products of this machine and be nowhere without it. And I don't see any of these candidates as being willing to do that. It is what it is.
The Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner would seem to be a good alternative but as Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed noted the other day - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Rauner are close friends but that he couldn't publicly endorse him since he toes the Party Line. Besides Emanuel owes Bill Daley a huge political debt for his role in Emanuel's ascension to the Chicago throne.
But hey I suppose that this is a good example of how our politics work in Illinois and confirms that the Illinois Combine exists. However, if Bill Daley weren't throwing his hat into the Illinois Gubernatorial Race, Emanuel would probably have "quietly" supported his pal Bruce Rauner without making a public endorsement which was a common play out of former mayor Richard M. Daley's Political Playbook.
So Bill Daley seems to be the anointed one ever since the political ambitions of Lisa Madigan were derailed by Papa Michael Madigan's desire to not step down as Speaker of the Illinois House and the recent bad publicity stemming from the METRA Scandal. Of course Pat Quinn will not back down and as a result Rahm Emanuel might just catch a lucky break here when it comes to his party loyalty / friendship dilemma if the vote splits.
But what about William "Bill" Daley as Governor? I mean is he really qualified given his demotion as White House Chief of Staff in part due to his "imperfect understanding of the legislative branch" as the Daily Caller and Wall Street Journal have suggested?
Yet the Bill Daley for Governor Website is touting his leadership abilities and even uses the Osama bin Laden White House Situation Room Photo to prove it. And in my opinion Bill Daley's Use of a Situation Room Photo Is Questionable and may even be a violation of White House photo policy which carries stern warnings that they may not be used for political purposes "in any way to suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House."
Naturally Bill Daley has denied that the use of the White House Situation Room Photo violates this policy but I would say if it didn't it is awfully close. And another thing, as for the Daley campaign to suggest that he was a major and/or integral part of the Operation to Kill Osama bin Laden would seem to contradict the documentary made on the subject. Hmm, I wonder what Leon Panetta thinks about that? Oh well, whatever the political spin is or isn't, we cannot ignore Daley's demotion as Chief of Staff because that just doesn't happen. So I just don't know how that whole "What Leadership Looks Like" thing will work for him on his website?
But hey as always this is just my opinion and I believe that no matter who is the Illinois Governor's Mansion after the next election one thing is pretty certain - unless you vote for me there will be absolutely no change in the status quo of Illinois Politics.
Just more of the same old Wagging of the Dog.
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