I've been trying to ignore the soap opera-like perils of former Obama chief of staff turned Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel -- but that's been getting harder to do now that he's been tossed off the ballot for not meeting the city's residency requirements, thanks to his recent stint in D.C. Despite all the drama, I think he'll eventually end up back on the ballot. He's well-connected and well-funded, and those kind of people always get their way in America in 2011.
But should be on the ballot? I have to confess that I'm torn. On one hand, this is supposed to be a democracy -- and so shouldn't we trust the voters to decide if Emanuel is enough of a Chicagoan for them? On the other hand, most of us agree there should probably be some restrictions on who can hold political office. Most Americans support the constitutional provisions that a president be 35 and a natural born U.S. citizen. We don't want a president who was born in...just to pick a wild example, Kenya.
So check me off as undecided, for once. What do you think?