Thursday, February 15, 2007

Picking a Winner

Found an interesting article in the New York Sun titled, "Why Daleys Endorsed Obama". The author draws upon Chicago political history and changing national times to attempt to explain the Mayor's going with Barack over Hillary Clinton.

You should read the whole article, but if you don't want to, I'll give you the last two paragraphs which pretty well sum it up.

Illinois history also explains the Daleys' endorsement of Mr. Obama. The brothers learned not only from their father's victories but also from his mistakes. They don't want to look out of step with their times, as he did in 1968.

When it comes to general elections, Old Democrat often trumps New. If the Daleys are to prove they are as good at picking winners as their father generally was, they have to prove to themselves, Chicago, and the nation that Mr. Obama isn't another George McGovern. One thing is already sure about Campaign 2008 —whatever political behavior we see this year, much of it was learned in Chicago.

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