My examination starts on a cold, windy January day in
“Why say you are for a new tomorrow, then use old-style
This was the same man who just three years earlier ran ACORN's “Project Vote” which flooded the city with its slangy slogan “It’s a power thing.” The hundreds of volunteers he trained produced the first black voting majority in
Years later he explained his tactics saying, “If you can win, you should win and get to work doing the people’s business.”
BO promises to smooth over the bitter divides of American politics. He promises hope and an end to bitter partisanship. He frames himself as someone who rises above Clintonian or Rovian tactics. Contrast those claims to what he did in 1996 before he was even elected state senator. He had already done enough to make Karl Rove, Bill Clinton, or Niccolo Machiavelli proud.
BO got his start in politics by denying voters a choice.
Does this betray BO’s professed ideals? Does it clash with his “new politics?” Was he really serving South Side’s voters with his tactics?
When asked about this in 2007, he smiled and said, “I think they ended up with a very good state senator.”