With the recent predicament Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown faces, it’s important to take a step back and examine the organization that effectively made her re-election much harder, the Cook County Democratic Party, an organization that serves more as a fraternity or sorority rather than an incubator for good government.
Over the years, members of the Cook County Democratic clique have, time and again, decided to back oblivious pols, who in return have wrecked the financial state of the county and consequentially the state. Just ask Todd Stroger, who left such a record of outstanding financial responsibility that he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Or how about the chairman himself, Joe Berrios, whose progressive reforms and championing of good governance has made him a favorite with the press.
Obviously these two examples are sarcastic, but isn’t it sad that they are? People crave replacing these politicians just like they craved their first love, but what if these two men actually lived up to the descriptions I whimsically gave them? Not only would the county and state fare better, but so would the Democratic organization.
Instead of being described as a hub for pay-to-play politics, it could serve as an effective interest aggregator and an influential voice for the needs of the working class. Instead, it throws its support to anyone with a check in one hand and a plate of ambition in the other.