There are a few geographical peculiarities in this country that I have to confess I’ve had enough of:
- Yes, Texans, we know; everything’s bigger.
- Alaskans: Like Texas, in the same accent Francis McDormand used in Fargo.
- New Orleans: When you describe the New Orleans attitude, you’re describing a 24/7 houseparty. Most of us outgrew that in our early 20’s.
- We don’t care how you do it in New York.
But one of the most tiresome is the reverence Chicago pays to its history of political corruption.
Christopher Orlet at AmSpec has had enough, too:
Here we go again. Another corrupt Chicago politician hogging all the headlines. It seems like every time you open a newspaper (or surf the Internet) some columnist is snootily recounting Chicago’s colorful past as a Shangri-la of corruption and political intrigue, from Mayor Levi Boone’s 1855 Beer Riots to the zany antics of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Manhattanites may be ardent arts and culture snobs, but no one appreciates a good political scandal like a Bears fan.Just the other day Wall Street Journal readers were treated to the giddy recollections of Chicago native Scott Simon, who reminisced wistfully about the colorful history of Chicago politics. “Chicagoans and Illinoisans,” wrote Mr. Simon, “love political scandal the way that Milanese love opera.”
Speaking as a journalist who just happens to be a downstate Illinoisan, I’ll grant that political scandals are wonderful copy, perhaps even comedy gold. But as a disenfranchised citizen of a corrupt, one-party state ruled by Democratic party hacks (and I mean that in the best way possible) there is little to “love” in these continuous scandals.
Pride in rampant criminality that skews government? I don’t imagine they’d be as proud of it if were a Republican majority.