Emanuel as the successor to Daley is a scary thought

Daley will order them to stop groveling. He'll say he really doesn't want to run again, but, OK, just one more time, and only because he loves Chicago and its people.

"Then he'll win, and that's the Chicago Way," Louie said.

Well, that's just one theory.


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Another is that Daley might not run again and Emanuel is marking the territory, being the first to cast himself as a worthy successor while making all the others seethe with jealousy because they didn't think of it first.

Another is that the mayor is quite tired, and Mrs. Daley is quite ill, and it's time to call it quits. But he loves the job.

And if he weren't the boss of Chicago, he'd have to leave town. Without his terrifying power, all the people he's stepped on and squashed over the decades would line up to give him a swift kick in the tender short shanks.

What is clear is that for the first time in more than two decades, Daley is visibly weakening. Otherwise, Emanuel wouldn't dare broach the subject. Daley's time is coming to an end, either this term or the next.

He won his last election by a landslide. But only a small percentage of eligible voters actually voted. And that was before all the new problems.

Shortshanks' parking meter rate-hike fiasco won't go away. His son and nephew had a hidden multimillion-dollar stake in a city sewer contract, and the mayor said nobody told him.

He also didn't know about his nephew getting $68 million in city pension funds to invest. When he was at the height of his power, Chicago eagerly forgave him for not knowing basic details, and a few in the media made excuses. But those days are over. Nobody buys his Fedzheimer's act anymore.

The economy is in the toilet. He's spent all the money on deals, and the city government is broke. His friends are rich, but the city workers hate him and the taxpayers are angry. He'll need to pick a fight, so look for him to provoke a strike by the Teamsters union as he moves toward re-election.

Voters will need someone to fear even more than Daley himself.

Like The Rahmfather, the new boogeyman of Chicago politics.

Boo!

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