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  • Pictured left to right: Charles Williams, Commissioner of the Dept. of Streets and Sanitation, Rahm Emanuel, and Alderman Joe Moore.

I was driving through the south side, talking to people whose mental health clinics Mayor Emanuel had closed, when word came across my cell phone of a new faction in the City Council.

That would be the Paul Douglas Alliance—named after the former alderman/U.S. senator—whose members were dedicating themselves to reforming Chicago by working with the mayor.

As opposed to working against him.

On the grounds that the way to get an all-powerful autocrat to change his mind is to be nice.

As though that strategy has worked at any time or in any place in the whole history of civilization.