Barack Obama’s endorsement of Juliana Stratton over anti-Madigan Illinois Rep. Ken Dunkin couldn’t be a more obvious demonstration of the president’s hypocrisy.
Bemoaning a “poisonous political climate” that made citizens cynical and disillusioned and leaders unable to achieve great goals, Obama posed the challenge: “What can we do all of us together to try to make our politics better?”
Gee, he suggested, I wish we all could be more compromising and respectful, speaking of Washington, where he is generally regarded as the uncompromising president. Then he turns to Illinois, where political gridlock between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Majority Leader Mike Madigan has crippled government. So what does he do? He lays it on the one Democratic who is willing to work “across the aisle” in opposition to Madigan’s iron-fisted control over Democrat lambs to solve the Illinois budget crisis.
Reported the Chicago Tribune:
More pointedly, Obama singled out Democratic state Rep. Ken Dunkin of Chicago, who has sided with Rauner on several issues to deny House Speaker Michael Madigan a 71-vote, veto-proof majority. Dunkin is facing a primary challenge and is being backed for re-election by Rauner allies.
Obama said reaching political compromise across the aisle “doesn’t make me a sellout to my own party.” Dunkin jumped out of his chair and shouted “Yes!” before Obama verbally slammed him.
“We’ll talk later Dunkin. Sit down,” Obama said as Democrats — and even some Republicans — erupted into wild cheers.
If they talked later, Obama may have informed Dunkin that he was endorsing a Madigan patsy Juliana Stratton for his seat.
The hypocrisy of Obama’s return to the Chicago Way of politics is again best explained by Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, “Obama backs Boss Madigan the Chicago Way.”
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