Read it and weep, Chicago smokers.
The regular readers of this space know what I think of this issue. There is no more need to kvetch about that part of the issue.
What struck me was a turn of phrase from the past, a term coined in Chicago that popped into my head upon reading this development.
The phrase "a smoke-filled room" was coined in Chicago on June 11, 1920 at the Blackstone Hotel during the Republican National Convention.
The power brokers of the party could not come to a consensus on a candidate. They recessed into a room at the Blackstone and made the decision that Warren G. Harding was their man. The Associated Press reported that the decision was made in a "smoke-filled room."
Ever since, the phrase has been used in political circles to denote a back-room compromise wherein the leaders make an unpopular decision without the input of the people.
The city that birthed the phrase, by textbook example of its eventual definition, made the conditions for its genesis impossible.
Put that in your pipe and...well...at least sleep on it, Chicago.
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