Obama as Political Animal
July 14, 2008 5:03 PM Subscribe
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, in which a young, black, upstart politician rises through the Chicago political scene by having his opposition stricken from the ballot, turning against his endorser, and redistricting himself into a fundraising monster.
While we're debating the New Yorker
's incendiary cover
, it would be tragic to ignore what may be one of the most intriguing piece of political reporting this year. In the article, Ryan Lizza chronicles Barack Obama's rise in Chicago politics, from his campaign for the State Senate (where he is first endorsed by incumbent Alice Palmer while she tries to run for the House, who later tries to oust him from the primary once her congressional campaign sours), his time in the notoriously corrupt state capital, to his failed campaign against Bobby Rush for the Illinois' 1st Congressional district. It's a fascinating read.