A real tour de force analysis of Chicago, Obama’s real estate connections, and what exactly Obama was doing from 1990-2004 before he became a US Senator and before he ran for president. I was in Chicago a good part of that time and saw these various constituencies and the politics they created. One thing I quickly learned was that the entire politics of the city were tribal and racial. This wasn’t as true of other places I had lived. Obama successfully hammered together a coalition of uniquely ideological anti-white whites in Hyde Park with the successful as well as lower class blacks from Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and Englewood to bounce back from his loss to Bobby Rush and run for US Senator in 2004.
I also have learned (even more since I left Chicago) that almost all local and state politics revolve around developers and the concessions they seek. They have the most at stake in local zoning laws, tax subsidies, and other rules, and thus they tend to make the biggest donations and take the biggest interest in local and state elections.
Steve Sailer (and the lengthy he speech he quotes of a leftist critic of Obama) show how the universal influence of real estate rules and regulations intersects with Chicago’s unusually tribal political culture. Needless to say, the way Obama’s Chicago world operated had almost nothing in common with the gauzy and highly choreographed imagery of Hope and Change that characterized his 2008 election campaign.