The Illinois Supreme Court emphatically placed Rahm Emanuel back in the race for Chicago mayor, nearly ensuring that the former White House chief of staff will soon rule the city.
Emanuel has an overwhelming lead in both money and in the polls, and now appears unstoppable.
The unanimous decision reversed a 2-1 appellate court ruling that said Rahm couldn’t run because he hadn’t met the residency requirement by physically living in the city for a full year.
But the higher court ruled that there is precedent for the claim that Rahm was qualified to run because it was clear his residency in Washington was temporary and that he always intended to return to the city.
Actually, I think Chicagoans should be able to elect Hosni Mubarak their mayor if they so choose. But at the very least, on the legal matter, the guy never sold his house in Chicago and went to Washington on what was clearly a temporary assignment: White House chiefs of staff usually burn out after about two years.
Rahm will run the city with an iron fist and make the Daleys look like frightened pussycats. And then, having been so close to the top job, having practically been running the country anyway as chief of staff he will . . .
You guessed it. I mean, give me one reason why he wouldn’t run. I say we’re looking at Rahm for President 2016.