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Politics as Usual: The Chicago Political Machine Invades Washington

A machine is a device that uses energy to perform a set of tasks or activities; a political machine is a disciplined, political organization in which an authoritative boss or small group commands the loyalty of a base of supporters, who receive rewards in exchange for their efforts.

A boss is someone who makes decisions and exercises authority; a party boss is a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments, and often has a reputation for corruption.

Party bosses and political machines played a major role in controlling politics and the outcomes of elections from the late 1800’s to the 1950’s in the United States.  The Democratic Party machine was most infamous for their corrupt operations that dictated politics in Chicago, Illinois for nearly half a century.  At the same time Tammany Hall, the headquarters of the New York Democratic Party was the foremost center of power and financing in the Democratic Party, stealing obscene amounts of dollars in taxpayer funds.

Sound familiar?  Well, it should. Except this time it isn’t in Chicago, it’s in Washington.  Under the leadership of Barack Obama we have adopted a ‘politics as usual’ mentality, reminiscent of the Democratic Party machine.  Coincidentally, BHO is the former Senator of Illinois and once called Chicago home.

The last two weeks have been embarrassing for the White House.  Well, more embarrassing than usual.  Two separate Democratic candidates revealed the current administration offered them a job in exchange for withdrawing from their respective races.

It came to light last week that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel attempted to get Rep. Joe Sestak to drop out of a primary race against infamous party-switcher (and White House buddy) Arlen Specter. Even worse, he used former president-turned fix-it-man Bill Clinton to do the dirty work. Sestak, who may have an axe to grind with the White House openly admitted that he was offered a job to bow out. The President and his team attempted to sweep the matter under the rug with a simple, “nothing improper took place.”

Today the story deepens. The White House acknowledged that Obama’s deputy chief of staff Jim Messina reached out to Colorado Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff under similar circumstances.  Having already endorsed incumbent Senator Michael Bennet and hopeful of eliminating the competition, the White House approached Romanoff in an attempt to avoid a “costly battle between the two supporters.” They use a rather attractive lure. Knowing that Romanoff previously applied for a position at USAID, Messina called to see if he was still interested in the job.

Digging deeper into the rabbit hole, Politico now reports that “a high end donor to President Barack Obama holds one of the jobs…dangled in front of Andrew Romanoff to dissuade him from running.” Apparently, if he can’t use a job to advance his political agenda, he’s more than willing to sell it to the highest bidder.

Fortunately, Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) has committed himself to revealing this type of corruption.  Following the Romanoff story he said,

“How deep does the Obama White House’s effort to invoke Chicago-style politics for the purpose of manipulating elections really go?” Issa continued, “clearly, Joe Sestak and Andrew Romanoff aren’t isolated incidents and are indicative of a culture that embraces the politics-as-usual mentality that the American people are sick and tired of.”

‘Politics as usual’ are anything but unusual under the current administration. The Obama Administration is not a well-oiled machine.  Democratic Party leaders, who advocate for backdoor job offers and get-out-of-jail-free cards in exchange for a victory at the polls, are what we call corrupt politicians.  They are people who are willing to jeopardize whatever credibility they have left, in hopes of furthering President Obama’s agenda.

My friends, it is time to shut down the Democratic Party machine.

by Samantha Cohen and Brandon Greife of the College Republican National Commitee

read more at www.crnc.org