More data for the “celebrity is everything in modern life” bonfire: Rahm Emanuel is polling at 44% for next month’s mayoral election in Chicago. This is after he got fully shamed by all the other candidates at a meeting with the Chicago Tribune editorial board. Emanuel is the only candidate that supports legislation that would make teachers unable to strike; he’s also the only one who says he might push back the retirement age for city employees. He probably has some good qualities too! I mean, lots of us have sometimes benefitted from having mayors who are total dicks. Though he is, of course, a huge charter school proponent. Oh, the alluring rallying cry of “save our students, shut down the failing schools”! But who doesn’t have lots of already-rich friends who are interested, as so many are, in a charter school license to print money while stealing from the future?