Thursday, December 11, 2008

Second City?

This has certainly not been a banner year for New York in it's ongoing friendly competition with Chicago. It started off well enough with the New York Giants winning the Super Bowl but, let's be honest here, they play in New Jersey.

Anyway, shortly thereafter, things started to turn ugly for the state when then presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee New York Senator Hilary Clinton started losing ground and eventually the nomination to then-Illinois-Senator-and-now-President-elect Barack Obama.

Buoyed by this, both Chicago baseball teams - the Cubs and the White Sox - made the playoffs in October while the New York Mets (after a second straight disastrous collapse) and the Yankees, both of whom seemed to have taken Sen. Clinton's failure to heart - missed out.

Finally, this week we learned that the sex scandal that brought down our former Governor Eliot Spitzer now pales in comparison to the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich for what U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald called a "staggering" level of corruption engaged in by the Illinois Governor including allegations that "...Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism."

This isn't all that surprising given city's long history of corrupt politics. I just wish he'd listened when I told him the rules:

1st RULE: You do not talk about how corrupt you are.
2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about how corrupt you are.
3rd RULE: If someone says "stop" or arrests you for a "staggering" level of corruption, the political carrer.

I know this because Tyler knows this.

Oh...wait. That was Fight Club. Sorry.

So it seems pretty clear that barring a major rally by New York City, Chicago can brag that they kicked our proverbial ass in 2008. But that's not what really saddens me.

I think that the biggest reason for my disappointment is that I was saving up to by that Senate seat for someone special as a Christmas gift.

Now I have no idea what I'm going to do.