Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

2 years
ago

What’s Next for Jean-Claude Brizard?

The outgoing CPS CEO once described the negative effect of “revolving door superintendencies” on school districts. The average, Brizard said, was 18 months. He lasted only 17. What’s next for him?

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

U. of C. Prof. Charles Lipson on What Romney Must Do to Win

With the polls showing Barack Obama on track to victory, the burden falls on Mitt Romney to derail the president’s train, starting with the first debate at the University of Denver on Wednesday night. University of Chicago professor Charles Lipson, who is voting for Romney, told me that the candidate is finished if he doesn’t win the first debate…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Bob Woodward’s ‘The Price of Politics’ and Rahm’s Behavior, Then and Now

Reading Bob Woodward’s new book, The Price of Politics, this weekend—while the battle between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis raged—I was reminded that the White House Rahm who tried to bully and bulldoze Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats into supporting his boss’s agenda was essentially the same City Hall Rahm who—although not sitting at the negotiating table—was the city’s public face of the ugly lead-up to the ongoing teachers strike…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

How the Chicago Teachers Strike Could Affect Obama, Democrats

For a few hours this morning, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post all had something in common on this the 11th anniversary of 9/11: Their top sections featured stories of the poisonous battle between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public Schools versus Karen Lewis and the Chicago Teachers Union. The result is a huge stain on Chicago…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Chicago Stars at the DNC

Chicago’s starring role at this week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte was the opposite of its role at the GOP convention in Tampa. At the latter, the city was a symbol of everything corrupt and thuggish about urban politics. Through the DNC lens, Chicago was once again was the shining city on the lake that the world adored on Election Night 2008…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
ago

Paul Ryan and Rahm Emanuel— Friendlier than You Might Think?

No matter the fate of the Romney ticket this November, Paul Ryan—who is scheduled to deliver the biggest speech of his life on Wednesday night in Tampa—is sure to try down the line for the nomination for the top spot. And my guess is that Congressman Ryan and our own Mayor Rahm Emanuel could end up running against each other for president—if not in 2016, then in 2020. Here, a look at what the two men have in common…

Carol Felsenthal