Is the LA Times covering for Daley?

Most people have overlooked the fact that Sen Barack Obama wasn’t the only guest at Rashid Khalidi’s farewell.

The guest list included Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, who would surely be embarrassed by the release of the tape of the event currently being held by the L.A. Times.

The fact that the L.A. newspaper is owned by the Tribune Company of Chicago is of more than passing interest. So, too, is the fact that Daley has already been forced to cover up for another radical Obama associate:

I also know Bill Ayers. He worked with me in shaping our now nationally-renowned school reform program. He is a nationally-recognized distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a valued member of the Chicago community.

I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago but I remember that period well. It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep re-fighting 40 year old battles.

Could it be that the L.A. Times is protecting Daley from further political damage? Or, wait–is Daley the source that the newspaper is trying to protect? Did he actually leak the tape to damage Obama?

Before they teamed up, Obama coveted Daley’s job–was Daley trying to knock Obama’s bus off the road?

Probably not, if you consider that one of Daley’s fervent hopes may be to use an Obama administration to get rid of U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Indeed, the plans to elevate Chicago congressman Rahm Emanuel to White House chief of staff may suggest something of that nature is in the works, according to John Kass:

Another Chicago connection, U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Tomczak), is being rumored as a possible White House chief of staff. Emanuel would also look first to protect the mayor. Washington Beltway reporters won’t tell you this, because they must figure that what happens in Chicago stays in Chicago, but a few years ago, Emanuel was elected with the help of a massive patronage army of stooges on the City Hall payroll who pounded the precincts.

The fellow who directed this army for Emanuel is the corrupt former city water boss Donald Tomczak. He now sits in federal prison in Duluth, Minn., while Emanuel prepares to reform us all. It was Fitzgerald’s office that put Tomczak away.

If your head is spinning with all the possible Chicago plot lines here, it’s probably time to get some sleep. Don’t forget to set your clock back.