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The Chicago Way

October 25, 2009


Glenn Beck held forth on his TV show Friday about how the Obama administration has melded Chicago thug politics with its own brand of national political hardball.

“No longer is it a gentlemen’s disagreement that can be debated,” Beck said. “No, you are going to play ball or get a beatdown.”

To illustrate his argument, Beck showed video clips from the classic Chicago gangster movie, The Untouchables.

In one clip, Sean Connery’s character explains

You wanna get Capone? Here’s how you get him: He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way! That’s how you get Capone!

Obama himself has paraphrased these lines.

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama said at a Philadelphia fundraiser in June of last year.

The Chicago Way has come to Washington.

Examples abound.

An “anonymous” White House source threw the Democrat running for Virginia governor, Creigh Deeds, under the bus, Beck said. The source said Deeds has run a lousy campaign. It was a preemptive move intended to shield the Obama administration from criticism in the likely event that Deeds goes down to defeat in next month’s election.

A while ago President Obama said nice things about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The small businesses the group represents “fuel our prosperity. And that’s why they must be at the forefront of our recovery.” But when the Chamber broke with Obama on the economy destroying cap-and-trade bill and dared to oppose socialist medicine they earned a place on the president’s enemies list. Beck showed Obama saying

They are very good at this because that is how business has been done in Washington for a very long time. In fact, over the past 10 years alone, the Chamber has spent nearly half a billion dollars on lobbying — half a billion dollars.

Then when the American Medical Association came out against ObamaCare, the president denounced the group’s members. Of doctors, Obama said

You come in and you’ve got a bad sore throat or your child has a bad sore throat or has repeated sore throats — the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, you know what, I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out.

When Fox News covered the news –as it’s supposed to do– Obama declared war on the network and sent his henchman, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, to attack Fox on TV talk shows.

Beck said Obama took the unprecedented step of trying to exclude Fox News from the press pool last week. ” That shocking move prompted a reaction from the press that had even me standing up and cheering,” he said. Beck was referring to the other networks that stood together and told the White House that if Fox was excluded from the pool they would withdraw from the pool.

Thuggery can be resisted.

  1. Marylou permalink
    October 25, 2009 10:58 pm

    I personally think Glenn Beck is simply brilliant! He is sure getting these points across very clearly to more people than have ever considered them in my observation. Good for him! and poo poo to the numerous (conservative!) talk show jocks that bad mouth him. Jealous? For Pete’s sake, let’s show some unity! against a common enemy. How about approving of someone doing a fantastic job?! instead of squabbling amongst ourselves.

  2. Lenna permalink
    October 26, 2009 5:07 am

    Thanks Marylou. I, too, have been wondering why these guys can’t get past jealousy? ratings? whatever? Let’s support the cause, and those pundits who won’t be supportive, too bad for them.

  3. politicalmoxie permalink
    October 26, 2009 8:23 am

    MANY years ago a very close friend, who’s an organized crime expert, told me, “There are no coincidences in Chicago politics.” We talk frequently and it’s always about “coincidences”
    “They” called me before Katrina hit New Orleans and said, “Wait till the water goes down and the US et al finds out how corrupt that city is”.
    The point…? Organized crime is not necessarily La Cosa Nostra, the Mafia etc..

  4. shane comeback permalink
    October 26, 2009 4:50 pm

    The US has always been blessed because in times of great peril people like Glenn seem to appear just in time to give us warning. Like Franklin said “We have a Republic…if you can keep it.”

  5. Christy permalink
    October 27, 2009 12:14 pm

    Glenn is such a riot! And he has had this administration pegged from the beginning. Keep stickin’ to em’ Glenn!!

    • Marylou permalink
      November 6, 2009 12:20 am

      I know. I’m sitting there watching his show and find myself laughing out loud. Then I remember this is not just entertainment.

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