Sheen, Chicago, Democratic Party discussed on This American Life

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Sheen picked through the black leaders would be mostly his leaders did what they were told flexing in chicago had nowhere to go the democratic machine stocks then there were a series of famous ed especially infuriating insults from the white political establishment biggest among them black voters finally elected an mp machine candidate thing jane burn who once in office betrayed them sucked up to the white sheen mid appointments in decisions specifically to prove she was not in the pocket of black chicago then circumstances came together some by planning somebody lock the made it possible to elect a black mayor the planning organizers registered over a hundred thousand minority voters on rallies meetings declaring it was time to elect a black mayor the luck to white candidates split the white vote one more piece of luck chicago democratic party had created in spite of itself health washington furniture it was an old friend andy vocal whose papacostas was in that broader now don't for here have been a precinct kept his former goon as a precinct captains as they were eleven years ago but is father was doing wrong so now is an unusual person and as he nursed this resentment allow the democratic party who deserters his father in one terminus swallow around for all of the third war uh he's a confused guy got a little sense of mission in in in wanting to do the right thing but yet he was balashov with his pragmatism that you've got to play ball to urge agree with the organization and he was correct he would he wouldn't have made it without to democratic machine usually in chicago political activists had a choice they could go with politicians who were good on the issues but then had no political experience dealing with machine when he get hacks into the machine terrible in the issues washington with the rarest kind of politician delivered on the issues near the machine which is why in fact he did not want the job lou palmer was at the center of the effort draft pack manner while we talk to herro he was reluctant very reluctant at the time he was in congress and was enjoying being a congress with enjoying a partly because he was far from machine he sat some requirements uh how much money would have to raise we'd ask to uh.

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