Jesse Jackson Jr., aka, Little Lord Fauntleroy, threw down the gauntlet. He is demanding the Federal Government charge him with something, anything, if they have evidence he committed illegal acts. Jackson’s name surfaced during the investigation of Rod Blagojevich. It is alleged he participated in a scheme to buy the president’s vacated senate seat. During an interview on a local radio show, Jackson told the feds to “bring it on”.
Typical in politics, Jackson is not really demanding the feds bring it on. They would have done that already. What the little boy in knickers is really saying- “vindicate me”. He is really demanding the feds step up to the plate and admit they have no evidence of foul play regarding him. Jackson is toying with the idea of running for mayor. He does not want Blago hanging around his neck like an albatross. Jackson is demanding vindication. He already knows the feds will probably never indict him.
The curious thing is a statement attributed to Jackson. A witness at the trial claimed Jackson crowed about how much power he would have as the only African American in the Senate. Carol Mosley Braun and Barack Obama could, would, and if they were honest, should, disabuse him of that notion.
As a junior senator, with a senior senator in place, especially a powerhouse like Dick Durbin, you are effectively a house plant. You are told by the senior senator to sit down, shut up, and mind your own business. Every once in a while, they will let you put your name on a bill to make you look good and they will water you with some pork projects to keep you alive. The senate is funny like that. Just ask Al Franken. How many times has he apologized to his colleagues?
What Jesse Jr. wants the federal machine to do is issue a statement claiming he is totally innocent of wrong doing. He is challenging them. If Jackson runs for mayor, he wants no distractions. It is the same reason he met with the ballet dancer, Rahm Emanuel. Supposedly they agreed to a clean, kind, and gentle campaign if they both ran for mayor. As if Emanuel would stick to such an agreement. There is nothing clean, kind, or gentle about him. Especially when he rips off his tutu and prances around naked, jabbing his stubby finger in people’s chests.
The mayoral race is shaping up to be interesting and entertaining. The political kings of comedy and drama queens will be entering from stage left and right. Chicago elections have always been known for their entertainment value. This one will be no different.
The favorite, Republican Mayor Big Bill Thompson’s. He brought two rats in cages on stage. Each was named for his opponents. He then debated with the rats to the roar of the crowd. Maybe that is how they got the name- DemocRats.