Chaos isn't a ladder. Not in Chicago. It's a pit.
And there's no way out for political fools, dilettantes and ambitious amateurs who fall in, like Foxx.
She has also dragged down her political patron, Cook County Democratic Party chair Toni Preckwinkle, who is campaigning for mayor against former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot.
If Preckwinkle wasn't toast before, she's toast now. Crispy. No amount of butter or double cream brie can save her. And since Smollett's case was so high profile — followed all around the world — everyone now knows how dysfunctional a town Chicago is, how corrupt and craven it can be.
"I think it (the Smollett case) has opened an opportunity for us to have conversations around what does justice look like," Foxx told WBEZ.
Oh, really? What justice looks like? In Cook County? Kim Foxx, that's so precious. Are you serious?
Since I was born in Chicago, with the smell of the Union Stockyards in my nose, I can't really tell you what justice looks like with Kim Foxx leading the parade.
But I can tell you what desperate politics looks like. And I'm going to tell you some of it today, including a story about the desperate emails sent to Foxx's employees, asking them to come up with examples to support her foolishness with Smollett.
And about Foxx's so-called "recusal" from the case, which wasn't a true recusal. It was a story, the kind Chicago politicians tell to children and journalists.
Foxx's troubles began when she inexplicably compromised herself ethically through inappropriate contacts with Obama Celebrity Friends who wanted her help with the Smollett case.
And then she dropped charges against Smollett — charges approved by a Cook County grand jury — alleging that the Hollywood star of the TV show "Empire" faked his own hate crime and blamed it on supporters of President Donald Trump.
Smollett's vanity and recklessness could have touched off racial violence. Instead, it just killed Preckwinkle's mayoral ambitions and Foxx's political future in Cook County.
It's a sad story, really, because there are no dreams in that pit for losers.
It's hell down there, man, really, worse than a Hieronymus Bosch painting, with demons armed with long, sharp sticks keeping the chumps down at the bottom, where the mindless screaming and shrieking is at its worst.
Welcome to Kim Foxx's world.
It all kills off that Kim Foxx dream I keep hearing about, of her one day becoming a U.S. senator from Illinois, once Dick Durbin is pushed out of the way.
Imagine it, Kim Foxx, celebrity chaser, hanging out with Kamala Harris and the Obamas, taking the oath, showing up on CNN with Van Jones, Foxx putting Smollett in context, Van Jones nodding at her wisdom. Can you imagine it?
No, I can't either, not now.
But I can imagine Toni Preckwinkle with a bemused smile on her face, saying, "I could have been mayor."
Yes, Toni, you would have been mayor. If you had run for the office in 2015, you would have defeated Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was never beloved. But you didn't run then. You were afraid of Rahm. You were so afraid of him, you didn't run for mayor until after he pulled out of the campaign last September.
And timing is everything.
Back to Foxx.
Remember all that high-minded talk about Foxx having "recused" herself from the Smollett case, on account of Foxx compromising herself with Obama Celebrity Friends who were supporting Smollett? Foxx really didn't recuse herself. Not legally. Not at all.
"The State's Attorney did not formally recuse herself or the Office based on any actual conflict of interest," her spokeswoman, Tandra R. Simonton, said Wednesday in an email response to my questions. "As a result, she did not have to seek the appointment of a special prosecutor under (state law)."
Instead, she put her first assistant, Joe Magats, out front to take the beating that would come.
"Although we use the term â€˜recuse' as it relates to State's Attorney Foxx's involvement in the matter, it was a colloquial use of the term rather in its legal sense," Foxx's office said.
Ah, yes, well, but when you use "recuse" and "recusal," legal-sounding terms, taxpayers might get the idea that it's legal business. But it's not.
And there was nothing to stop Foxx from meeting with Magats or sending him direction, like a puppet, to make a deal to wipe Smollett clean.
And then came that panicky email Foxx's office sent out, asking prosecutors for "examples of cases, felony preferable, where we, in exercising our discretion, have entered into verbal agreements with defense attorneys to dismiss charges against an offender if certain conditions were met, such as the payment of restitution, completion of community service, etc. but the defendant was not placed in a formal diversion program."
In other words: Please help me. I've screwed up, and I need examples to show people that what I did is really not all that unusual.
I asked a Cook County judge about this.
"How stupid is it to put in writing that you're advertising for excuses after the fact?" said the judge.
No further questions, Your Honor.
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