Brandon Johnson’s “victory” means that Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be replaced by someone far worse. Lightfoot at least made occasional efforts to fight crime, Johnson’s message is that criminals are the victims.
That is the trend in a party and a political system that goes to extremes.
Johnson’s victory comes as little surprise despite polls that showed Paul Vallas was leading. Like Rick Caruson in Los Angeles, Vallas picked up endorsements from Democrats, including surprising ones, ran as a moderate and seemed poised to win over a city that was tired of the madness. And, like the LA mayoral race it didn’t matter. Johnson and Bass had the same two assets, racial bloc voting and a political machine capable of delivering votes, especially once it understood how many votes were needed to get its candidate over the top.
I’m not even counting the media.
Chicago loves crime, but this isn’t the Capone kind of vote, it’s the solidarity between the Left and the thugs running the streets. The old Chicago machine alternated between tolerating crime and cracking down on it. It cut dirty deals with bosses and busted hoods. The new machine loves street level criminals. And they love it.
Crime has not as good as it has under the new wave of leftist pro-crime Democrats for a long time. And in Chicago, where the Democrats used to court the working class vote, there were serious efforts to at least fight street-level violence. Not anymore. The old coalition is in shards. What has replaced it are leftist wokes, teachers’ unions and gang members.
Even Al Capone had more class.