THE ARROGANCE OF DALEY FAMILY POWER. “THEY’RE NOT LIKE US.”
What did F. Scott Fitzgerald mean inThe Great Gatsbywhere he has the novel’s narrator, Nick Carraway tell the mysterious stranger Jay Gatsby (who changed his surname to Anglo from the Jewish Gatz): “The rich are not like us. They don’t care who they hurt! They’re a rotten crowd. You’re worth more than the whole damn bunch put together!” He meant that encrusted arrogance runs roughshod. That arrogance of course pertains to the Daleys who have lived like a royal family here since the Old Man was elected in 1959. What’s most offensive is Richie’s princelng attempts to avoid being pinned down with explosions of juvenile bluster. When asked whom he voted for in the mayoralty the short, squat little bully boy walked over to the offending reporter and tapped his forehead: Knock-knock! Who’s dere? Anybody home? Supposed to be funny. What’s not remotely funny is how the Cook county states attorney is cooperating with our royal family to quash details theSun-Timeshas produced that cries to heaven for vengeance and at the very least an independent prosecutor to pin responsibility for a death that occurred after a drunken encounter outside a Division street bar on April 25, 2004 that led to the death of David Koschman following a punch thrown by a Daley nephew, Richard J. Vanecko. Koschman fell backward, hit his head on the sidewalk and died 12 days later. Verifying Carraway’s assessment that the powerful have ways to evade responsibility is the stalling that has taken place in the Chicago Police Department….the fact that for 12 days witnesses were not interviewed…and that law enforcement officials from States Attorney
Anita Alverez to the CPD to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald—no one has the guts to break the impasse…hoping that it will all go away. It is clear that by not responding Alverez appears to be and maybe is a glaring fraud and political hack who’s covering up…the liberal sweetheart of the Illinois political media, Lisa Madigan appears to be and maybe is unconscionably cowardly …and that Fitzgerald who may be named the next U.S. attorney general appears to be and maybe is spectacularly gutless: Having prosecuted a bevy of lesser lights who committed spectacular patronage abuse crimes by following orders, he ignored the responsibility of dirty little Richie and now seeks to give the family a pass. The next time our little Blusterer meets the press somebody ought to rap his forehead and say…Knock, knock! Who’s dere? Why are you running a cover-up for your bully boy nephew, Richie?