Rahm's the Mayor, Barack's the Boss. Harold and Carol are History.
Rahm Emanuel beat yours truly to church Sunday.
Chicago's first Jewish Mayor-elect arrived at the 20,000-member Apostolic Church of God earlier than most. He attended a private meeting with the Reverend Dr. Byron T. Brazier and elders before delivering a 6-7 minutes long speech during the 9:10am service. The media was not invited.
Emanuel thanked the congregation--a bedrock of Chicago's black middle class--for its support at the polling places last Tuesday. He acknowledged his 55% first round win would not have been possible without the overwhelming support of African-American voters.
He also described his vote from blacks--who still make up a plurality of the city's voters--as a renewal of an old but recently-strained relationship between Chicago's African-American and Jewish communities.
Barack's the Boss. Harold and Carol are History
In the final analysis, it was the "endorsement" of President Barack Obama that convinced African-American voters that his former chief of staff Emanuel was the right person at the right time.
At the risk of angering many old school politicians and members of the city's black "intelligentsia", let me call Obama the most historic African-American politician ever produced by Chicago. What's more, Obama's status is confirmed every day he reigns as the living, breathing "leader of the free world".
Incredibly, Carol Moseley Braun's "consensus" candidacy was built around replicating the winning strategy and tactics that led to the 1983 victory of Harold Washington, Chicago's deceased first black mayor.
Braun rightfully "wore the jacket" during the pitiful, mistake-filled campaign waged in her name. Her longtime enemies in the media let her have it at every turn.
But Braun's place in the history books as the first African-American female in the U.S. Senate was secure long before she charged that anyone was "strung out on crack".
In the election's aftermath, though, the editorial tailors have plenty of other jackets to sew.
To be fitted are the black politicians, civil rights activists and assorted reverends who thoroughly misjudged their constituents and embarked on a nonsensical effort to make the 2011 mayoral campaign a competition about race.
Was their strategy actually built around a re-enactment of "Beirut by the Lake"?
It's as though Bobby Rush, Danny Davis and the Reverend Jesse Jackson were sound asleep in 2008 when Obama proved to the rest of the world that the politics of inclusion can actually work in America.
Harold Washington's struggles paved the way for Barack Obama. There could have been no Barack if Harold had not come before him.
At the Apostolic Church of God, It's taught that John the Baptist came first.
But no one comes to church these days to sing about John the Baptist.
Time to give Harold and Carol their rightful places in history.
Time to move on.