The Chicago Way


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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.