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Monday, April 09, 2007

ETHNICITY, Peraica tries to play race card against Obama

I'm a fan of Commissioners Tony Peraica and have written favorably about him. See Carl Nyberg (Forest Park Review).

In Madison County Record Tony Peraica wrote a piece intended to slam Sen. Barack Obama. Peraica would probably claim that he's trying to tarnish Obama's reputation as a reformer by linking him to politicians in Chicago who Peraica identifies as corrupt.

Who does Peraica start with? Ald. Dororthy Tillman. Why Tillman? Why not start by linking Obama to President of the County Board Todd Stroger? There's more ammunition to indict Stroger of cronyism and he's a bigger fish than Tillman.
Tillman is perhaps most famous for her staunch advocacy of slavery reparations, but also is renowned for....

I want to give Peraica the benefit of the doubt, but by making Tillman the first example of his story, it's hard not to read Peraica's words as pushing divisiveness along racial/ethnic lines.

Peraica also includes this old chestnut:
Perhaps Obama is hoping for the same Chicago Election Day magic that the mayor's father provided for another presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy, back in 1960.

In the 1960 presidential election Kennedy/Johnson received 303 electoral votes and Nixon/Lodge received 219. (Fifteen electoral votes from Alabma and Mississippi were unpledged.) Illinois was worth 27 electoral votes. Even without Illinois' 27 electoral votes Kennedy/Johnson since had over 270 electoral votes. So the idea that Mayor Richard J. Daley threw the 1960 election is just a myth. Kennedy didn't need Illinois' electoral votes to win. See Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections for election results.

I don't know the purpose of Peraica's op-ed. Since it's published downstate, maybe he's contemplating a run for U.S. Senate against Sen. Dick Durbin in 2008.

I like Peraica, but I think he should avoid running for Congress in 2008. The GOP is going to get shellacked at the national level and the party is going to write-off Illinois early. If they have an extra million dollars it is going to be used to defend vulnerable incumbents, not for high-risk candidates in expensive states.

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  • Did you finish reading the article to the end? He does link Obama to Stroger. It's right there, making this post something of a non sequitur.

    I'm sure he appreciates the campaign advice, given your years of experience.

    By Blogger Roy, at 4:05 PM, April 09, 2007  

  • Are you kidding Roy? Carl has all the answers. That's why he's a gainfully employed...um...hmmmm. He won't even answer my questions from march. He just evades. Wait! That just might make him a politician. He won't answer questions, or provide proof of his claims. Congrats Carl! You have become that which you abhor!

    By Anonymous qantas, at 5:42 PM, April 10, 2007  

  • Answer the questions. Hypocrit. Everyone has to be honest and open except you Carl. Why wouldn't you show up as a witness to the police brutality you said you witnessed? Did you change your story? (you know, LIE?) Post your discharge from the Navy here or anywhere. You use this in your campaign so transparency would dictate that we have the right see the proof. How about a resume that includes ANY FULL TIME employment? By the way before you deflect and /or fabricate anything, you should know that I am only asking you questions that I know the answer to. That IS after all what an educated person does. That's opposed to throwing accusations that you have no proof of whatsoever. In other words I don't talk out of my posterior opening, unlike some people I unfortunately know.

    By Anonymous qantas, at 9:57 PM, April 12, 2007  

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