Richard Daley

Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Jewish problem and why it could be the least of his worries

I've been intrigued by stories that Chicago voters won't vote for Rahm Emanuel for mayor because of Obama administration Middle East policies.

What makes the story interesting: that's probably the least of the now-former White House chief of staff's political problems.

First the Jewish problem: as some reports have suggested, Emanuel is taking the blame for Obama administration Israel policies detested by the Jewish right and a good part of the Orthodox community. That faction is a tiny proportion of Chicago's diverse electorate, but it's a loud and influential one.

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