According to the Chicago Sun-Times, firefighters and paramedics in the Second City are being instructed to take their gear home with them until two days after election night. The idea is that if there's any trouble, they'll be able to get right to work instead of going back to their headquarters to get their stuff. But of all the disturbing elements in this story, the one that hit me hardest was this graf:
The mayor would have preferred a more "controlled" environment like the United Center or Soldier Field. But, he said, "Could you see me saying 'no' to Senator Obama? Give me a break. I'm not that dumb."So the mayor of Chicago doesn't dare say "boo" to Obama? Who would he say "boo" to? More to the point, if the mayor won't do it, who will? Who's going to stand up and say "No!" to the Lamb of Chicago if he wins? Joe the Plumber tried it, and he got his life taken apart on national TV for his trouble. If that's what happens to an ordinary citizen who dares to ask a question, what the hell chance do the rest of us big mouths have? I don't trust anyone who won't take "no" for an answer.