Karen Lewis, the one opponent who would certainly have given Emanuel a runoff, emerged the victor in their faceoff during the 2012 teachers strike. Vibrant, hyper-articulate, funny (she’s a former standup comic), the president of the Chicago Teachers Union was on the verge of announcing her candidacy last October, when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.
Supporters now say "instead of fighting Rahm, she'll be fighting for her life." Many call the situation "tragic." I call it convenient.
Mr. Emanuel's own campaign committee is not exactly short of cash. It had $7.4 million in the bank at last report, with former President Bill Clinton in town this evening to help Mr. Emanuel raise even more.