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and back to politics

Okay, this court decision that Rahm Emanuel isn't a resident of Chicago is bullshit as far as I'm concerned. Why? Because he gave up his personal life to serve the country. Seriously.

I'm sure that he had personal reasons for wanting to work for Obama, but that doesn't change the fact that he was serving the country and had to temporarily live in Washington to do so. Someone had to in order to run his position and that shouldn't be held against the holder of the office. Are there perks to being White House Chief of Staff? Of course there are, and there are a lot of people who wanted the job, but that doesn't have any impact on the fact that we need someone to play that role, or that he had to give up his life to do so, or that he was serving the country.

Rahm Emanuel was outside of Chicago to serve the United States. He maintained his residence in Chicago. He paid taxes in Chicago. The job that took him to Washington was clearly temporary and was in service to the nation. So what part of that is the latest court holding against him and why? What part of that is the court using to say that he doesn't have the right to run and Chicago doesn't have the right to vote for him? Would they say the same of a Representative? A Senator? An Ambassador? A soldier? At what point does service to the country mean giving up your hometown?

ETA: He's back on the ballot now after another court ruling. I can only hope he and Chicago aren't cheated by the next court.