Dating to the 19th century, when politicians could pit poor ethnic groups, one against the other, Chicago is the incarnation of the corrupt political power machine. And a sign that Change must be upon us, as we have the most incorruptible man at the helm soon, despite all past vicious rumors to the contrary. . . Obama is Machivellian to a degree, but he has integrity and self-searching honesty. It may be precisely because he arose from within the corridors of the corruption beast that he is so inclined to cleanse himself of its tactics. As Huffington Post tells it, Blagojevich called Obama a "motherfuc*er", in particular, for being so in earnest concerning his replacement. (Notwithstanding, an argument might be made that Blagojevich is the sole decision maker in the replacement of Barack Obama's senate seat, and was only exersizing his soverignty. Are these trumped up charges?)
As Orwell said, "To see the truth that is in front of our noses requires a constant struggle." And how many predicitons, political and cultural, do seem to be confirmed and made real, and were seen because of this struggle. I would place Barack Obama in the camp of the constant strugglers, and thus, less likely to be self-deceiving. As Nietzsche knew well, to lie to oneself is the beginning of all corruption.