The suave, witty and impishly handsome editor-in-chief of the American Spectator has decided to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's mayoral race. This blog offers its unqualified support to Mr. Tyrrell’s candidacy.
What a grand victory this would be! Chicago has not had a Republican mayor since the heady days of prohibition, when William “Big Bill” Thompson – friend of used-furniture salesman Al Capone – held sway. Imagine the shock the people would feel waking up the day after the election and finding themselves saddled with honest government. One wonders if they’d know what to make of it. Is it possible, you may ask, for an electorate so thoroughly accustomed to corruption to consider an alternative?
It is, indeed, possible, say I. Even hogs, used to wallowing in the mire, must enjoy a good hosing down now and again, and Mr. Tyrrell is just the jet of pure, cleansing water that the people of Chicago might find refreshing. Yes, after generations of dirty Democratic misrule, the time – not to mention the body politic – is ripe for change, and the times have produced the man.
R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr: The next mayor of Chicago