Adding the evidence together and it certainly looks like he's leaving shortly:
- Exhibit #1 - there hasn't been a CompStat meeting for a month now.
He's in town, he's been seen here and there, he's been quoted in the paper. But his favorite pastime of belittling and humiliating the Command Staff has ceased to be for the past four weeks.
- Exhibit #2 - Candlelight Vigil. McCarthy sat by himself and none of the regular sycophants approached him at all, instead congregating in their own little herd and studiously ignoring the Supe.
That is very telling - not needing to impress or be noticed by the boss because he's not really in charge any more. That's very typical Chicago - the guy on the chopping block is usually the last to know. Or knows and is just going through the motions for a hefty paycheck.
- Exhibit #3 - Election time. Rahm needs votes. Shaking things up will produce the illusion of change and Rahm can say, "Look what I'm doing!" and there are enough stupid people that will believe he's actually changing things.
Put all of this into the bozo-puter and we'll set the over/under for a change at the top at early November - call it Election Day when the national and state races are over and Rahm's race really begins.
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