If supporters of President Donald Trump are members of a cult (here, here and here, for example) who blindly support the most evil man to ever inhabit the White House, then what do you call the Democratic voters who followed the Machine’s orders to oust one of the most respected judges on the Cook County bench–Michael Toomin?
As of this writing, more than 500,000 Cook County voters complied with the Machine’s directive to oust Toomin as a circuit court judge. Some 62 percent voted to retain him, just barely past the 60 percent required.
It mattered not to them that Toomin is regarded as one of the most competent judges in the county. He’s widely praised by his fellow judges and members of the bar. He’s fair and honest.
The Machine, however, wanted him out because he is–gasp–independent. Toomin’s mortal sin was trying to get to the bottom of the Jussie Smollett scandal. He appointed an independent prosecutor to look into whether Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx clouted his get-out-of jail free card for faking a hate crime attack against him and the tuna-fish sandwich that he was holding.
Toomin’s sin was doubly abhorrent because Foxx is the protege of Cook County Board President and the county’s Democratic Party Chairman Toni Preckwinkle, who vowed revenge. How dare Toomin do what was legal and right!
So Preckwinkle ginned up the campaign to knife Toomin, justifying it with an excuse that was so transparently concocted as to be laughable, not even worth repeating here.
Preckwinkle once was a Hyde Park reformer. It’s sad to see someone fall so far.
Having been in Chicago journalism for decades, I have difficulty remembering anyone getting the Machine’s shiv so obviously and shamelessly. Usually the blade is planted in the dark of night. Sometimes the victim is offered a chance to fall on his sword in exchange for some cushy but less important job elsewhere.
So, this is what it has come to in the Democratic-run Cook County. An open beheading, cheered on by a half a million compliant, mindless voters.
As it is asked about Trump supporters, “Who are these people?” Are they so blind that they couldn’t see whom they were knifing? Does merit mean nothing? Does loyalty require a Kremlin-like cleansing? Are the precinct captains, political consultants and other paid assassins who carried out the execution orders so obedient that they’d do the Machine’s bidding, no matter how unfair, senseless and loathsome?
Oh sure, some people voted in good faith and belief to oust Toomin because they think he’s a horrible judge. How many do you think that is?
The Democratic Machine of Richard J. Daley and successors was declared dead a long time ago because, some argued, that patronage now came in the form of pinstripes instead of shoe leather. That the contractors, insiders and wealthy donors were replacing the foot soldiers who ran doorbells and got out the vote.
Ha and ha. It never really died. It didn’t hibernate. So confident now that it conducts its sordid affairs in full sight, shamelessly. Made possible by hundreds of thousands of the acquiescent.
Who are these people?