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You Can Rahm But You Can't Hide

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, October 1 2010

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a group we really oughta do a profile on soon, is using a concept it helped define as a cudgel against Rahm Emanuel in the context of Chicago's mayoral race before his seat in the White House is even cold. The PCCC is circulating a petition reading, "I will not support Rahm Emanuel in any future election for Congress, Mayor of Chicago, Governor, or other office. He sold us out on the public option and is a weak Democrat."

Note that the petition doesn't bother to mention the public option of what. This could be an addendum to that last post, perhaps, on the salience of naming and the enduring definition of the "public option."

How effective such a thing might be amongst Chicago voters, whom Emanuel hopes will make him their next mayor, is an open question. But the digital age gives activists a new set of tools to, as NBC Chicago's Edward McClelland points out, inject national concepts into local races. (As evidenced by the fact that NBC's local Chicago affiliate is writing about the petition in the first place.)

One imagines that geo-targeted anti-Rahm Google ads are in the pipeline.

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