We used to contrast Chicago's racially divisive mayoral politics with the races that produced William Donald Schaefer and Kurt L. Schmoke. We expressed the hope that the Windy City would one day adopt the Baltimore model. Now it has.
Mayor Richard Daley won re-election in a landslide, winning twice the percentage of black votes he got last time. There is still too much racial polarization in voting, but the campaign itself was freer of racial rhetoric and negativism than any there in 20 years. It may not quite be the Baltimore model but it is not the old Chicago model, either.