September 13, 2010

IT WASN'T THEIR ARISTOCRATIC FORM...:

Daley and Bush: Parallel lives (Clarence Page, September 12, 2010, Chicago Tribune)

[M]ayor Richard M. Daley's surprise announcement that he's not going to run again completes a narrative that has striking and occasionally instructive parallels with that of former President George W. Bush.

Both were heirs to political dynasties that might have dueled, but usually didn't. A notable exception came in 2000. Daley's brother, William, ran Vice President Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign while Bush's brother, Jeb, was governor of Florida, the state that decided Dubya's election.

But a few months later, the new president and the mayor, who has served since 1989, were all smiles after a private lunch in Chicago, where Bush was promoting his proposed tax cuts.
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Their surprising successes offer a lesson in the often-underestimated importance of what we call "people skills." Like his father, Richard the Second conveyed a heartfelt devotion to his city, a love that Chicagoans find to be a lot more important in "da Mare" than his or her fluency with English.

Bush benefited from a similar populist earnestness when pitted against Gore and Sen. John Kerry. Their backgrounds were no more patrician than his, but they made the mistake of letting that "elitist" rap stick. Voters may not know how they're going to vote, but they always know how a politician makes them feel.


...but their Third Way substance that made them soulmates.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2010 6:48 AM
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