As much trouble as Rahm Emanuel had getting re-elected as Chicago’s mayor, one would think he would be less embracive of someone whose trustworthiness and ethics have been challenged publicly in recent months. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who failed to win his mayoral election second time around without a run-off election, has once again – and this time even more fervently – gushed over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a DNA Info report on Tuesday. Obviously, if the scandals of which Clinton is currently entrenched – such as her private email scandal – blows up and destroys her politically as many believe it may, Emanuel’s credibility will blow up with the Clinton catastrophe. After all, especially where politicians are concerned, one asserts two peas in a pod.
Emanuel went way out of his way to praise Mrs. Clinton as she holds ongoing negative headlines throughout the country. The Chicago mayor who used to be President Barack Obama’s chief of staff said that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton will be the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in 2016. Obviously, that is something that he didn’t need to assert when there are so many other things he could be talking about – like Chicago’s incredibly challenging finances, the Chicago Public Schools issues he can’t get a handle on, and – most of all – the incredible high number of shootings and murders in the city he runs.
The same day that Hillary Clinton has made across-the-media headlines for dodging serious questions about her personal email server once again, Emanuel chose to announce that she is going to do more than just become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2016. He announced that Clinton will become the president of the United States in the next election. Emanuel made the surprise announcement during a news conference in which he was supposed to be talking about Chicago’s public transportation. There are to be new express buses along Ashland Avenue and Western Avenue in the city which will decrease the time it takes persons to get from the far neighborhoods of the city to the loop area. But rather than staying on that and other Chicago topics, Emanuel spoke admiringly of Clinton during her increasingly troubled time.
Emanuel gushed over Clinton at the presser by saying:
She laid out a very comprehensive agenda as it relates to affordability and higher education… <It’s> a big issue about middle-class families… Ideas matter in politics.
It is unclear as to why Emanuel diverted from the current all-important Chicago concerns to praise Clinton – and to rip a line right out of the Bill Clinton handbook: “Ideas matter in politics.” It was already known that he is a Clinton friend and supporter. Some think he simply wanted to help her as her numbers have begun to sag in recent polls concerning her trustworthiness as well as the increasing support that her Democratic presidential challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders is getting in recent weeks. The extreme support for Clinton, of course, might be more understandable when one remembers that Sanders took a stand last spring to support Jesus “Chuy” Garcia who unsuccessfully tried to take Emanuel’s mayor’s job away from him, according to the Sun-Times.
Again, it isn’t surprising in the least that Rahm Emanuel is a strong supporter of Clinton. What is surprising and quite confusing is the timing of his gushing over her campaign. Maybe it’s too early for someone to suggest that all the untimely flattery could be in Emanuel’s hope that Clinton might pick him as her running mate. But then again, maybe it isn’t too early to make such an insinuation. After all, the Washington Times did a piece over a year ago in which it was suggested that Emanuel might have been eyeing the White House for himself – more than a year before Clinton officially announced her intent to run.