Again, back to Ace’s map.
I’m going to assume that Chicago’s 50 wards are drawn such that they have roughly equal population. If I’m mistaken about that, please let me know.
1. The white wards and the black wards went for Rahm very handily, and they both had relatively high raw vote totals meaning relatively high (by the standards of yesterday’s election) turnout. Almost all Rahm wards had north of 10,000 total votes cast. Incidentally, with some 566k votes cast over 50 wards, the average number of votes cast per ward was 11,300.
2. The wards that went for Garcia, which closely correspond to Luis Gutiérrez’s Hispanic gerrymandered IL-4, had low turnouts almost all of them had south of 10,000 total votes cast. In fact, it seems to be a linear slope: The higher percentage the Garcia ward went for Garcia, the lower the raw vote total was.
3. What’s the object lesson? What have I been trying to tell you? You rely on or worry about the ZOMG GREAT HISPANIC VOTER TIDAL WAVE LOL~!!!!!1 at your own peril.
4. It’s time for our people or our kind-ish of people to shut up about teachers’ unions. Any one of us (or “us”) that keeps going on about them is living in the past. The CTU doesn’t even have the political muscle to punch through Chicago. And the NEA and AFT been losing power within national Democrat Party politics ever since the turn of the millennium.
5. I don’t think Rahm has a national future, in terms of President or Vice-President. Especially if his upcoming pension reform in his second term is what we all think it will be.
6. I think this second term will be Rahm’s last, again because of the pensions. I happen to think that in the greater scheme of Chicago politics, Rahm was just the placeholder waiting for the next Daley to ripen on the tree. As it is, a grandson of the first slash nephew of the second Daley surnamed Thompson won an aldermanic seat yesterday. There might be other Daleys waiting in the wings.
Using my spidey sense, I find it a bit odd that the black wards came out relatively big and with very solid majorities for Rahm. I wonder if something was going on behind the scenes. Maybe the Rahm campaign in the background and behind several layers of plausible deniability peddled anti-Hispanic invective among black voters. We know that Democrats aren’t loath to peddle anti-white invective among black voters.