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Chicagoans of a certain age will remember what happened to Mayor Michael Bilandic in 1979 with his primary loss to the Jane Byrne, who would go on to become Chicago's first woman mayor. Wikipedia puts it like this, "...[t]he Chicago Blizzard of 1979 in January paralyzed the city and caused Bilandic to be seen as an ineffective leader." Well there's more to what happened to Bilandic than that sentence encompasses and hopefully it will happen to the Despot in Chief. As Paul Harvey used to say, "Here's the rest of the story":

In 1976 Mayor Daley died after after a 21 year reign. The Democratic Machine ran Michael Bilandic who, due to the machine's power, won election handily. And then came the another one of Chicago's great snowstorms. 35 inches of snow found the public struggling to get their cars out of snow banks and unto unplowed roads. The mayor lost support of the public just in time for the primary and he lost.

So what do many of us remember about that time? Two things stand out. First the mayor continued for days to downplay the seriousness of the situation. People just had to look outside at their snow-clogged street and see the mayor was blowing smoke. And second as bad as it was the Mayor talked about how well he was handling the crisis. 

So does any of that sound familiar? Downplay and congratulate. Bilandic, while not as ignorant, narcissistic and lacking of empathy as the current occupant of the WH, kept trying to make the public not believe their own eyes. It didn't work then and hopefully it won't work now.

 

Last edited by The Old Man
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