"The day after New Year's 1996, operatives for Barack Obama filed into a barren hearing room of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.There they began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city's South Side. And they kept challenging petitions until every one of Obama's four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot.Fresh from his work as a civil rights lawyer and head of a voter registration project that expanded access to the ballot box, Obama launched his first campaign for the Illinois Senate saying he wanted to empower disenfranchised citizens.But in that initial bid for political office, Obama quickly mastered the bare-knuckle arts of Chicago electoral politics. His overwhelming legal onslaught signaled his impatience to gain office, even if that meant elbowing aside an elder stateswoman like Palmer."
After reading this, and watching the debate, I'm wondering how one could trust anything to be fair when it comes to how a candidate gets into office, whether locally, State, or as President of the United States. It seems that there is just too much underhanded maneuvering going on by too many ambitious, over-zealous, individuals to be fair.
What's going on now, is turning out to be a real war..but then, there is an old saying which says, "All's fair in love, and war." There may not be much love going on, but I guess they can justify what they do as being fair.
Read the rest of this very informative article:
Obama knows his way around a ballot -- Civil Rights, Brooklyn (King's, New York), David Jackson -- chicagotribune.com