Richard Daley

Bill Daley ... Indispensable?
December 22, 2011

The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this week that White House chief of staff Bill Daley was unable to attend a Chicago-area memorial mass for his dad, onetime Chicago Mayor Richard Daley--not the one who just retired, but the one who told cops "Shoot to kill" when blacks rioted after Martin Luther King's assassination (though the elder Daley had his good points, too)--because Bill was "sidelined in Washington dealing with tax-cut legislation." That amazes me.

Is Rahm Running for Mayor? Not So Fast...
September 08, 2010

(Click here to see TNR's take on Rahm Emanuel's possible replacements.) [Guest post by Noam Scheiber:] With Tuesday’s surprise announcement that Richard Daley won’t seek a seventh term as mayor of Chicago, the early consensus is that Rahm Emanuel will almost certainly cut short his White House career and enter the race. If I were betting, I’d lean that way, too. Rahm has long coveted the job, he hungers to return to the life of the principal (even if he’s currently the most powerful staffer in the world), and it’s not clear what options he’ll have besides mayor.

The Soul of a New Machine Politician
March 10, 1986

Last March Senator Alfonse D'Amato was having din- dinner at his favorite restaurant in New York City's Little Italy when he was told he had a phone call from President Reagan. The president was personally calling senators to line up support for an upcoming vote on the MX missile, a cornerstone of the administration's defense buildup. The outcome very likely could be decided by a single vote.  “Molinari, you creep, cut this bullshit out,” D'Amato barked into the phone at Reagan.

Carter’s Problems
July 24, 1976

The networks tried to convey an understanding of what they were broadcasting. ABC called it a social occasion: "You get no sense of a political gathering here," cracked Harry Reasoner. Over at CBS, Walter Cronkite remarked: "The convention is in complete control of the Carter and Democratic National Committee forces and no fights are being permitted." The prevailing theme was persistent unrelieved harmony, the image of an absolutely unified gathering. Of the less fortunate, less harmonious past, there were only glimpses and allusions.