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Speakerology: The Finals

Schakowsky Revives Chicago’s Machine Politics

Boss Tweed, Tammany Hall, Richard J. Daley and … Rep. Jan Schakowsky? By revving up her own political machine, the Illinois Democrat has reminded Roll Call of earlier political bosses in New York and Chicago — and made a mockery of our Speakerology game. For the second week in a row, Schakowsky has decimated her opponent, a man we considered to be a favorite when the contest began, with a massive get-out-the-vote program. Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.) is famous on Capitol Hill for his legion of loyal supporters, but they were no match for “Jan’s fans.”

Last week, we withheld vote totals to protect the innocent, those who chose to allow the readers to pick their choice for Speaker rather than encourage constituents to e-mail their votes to a publication they’ve probably never heard of. We, of course, expected contenders and their staffs to urge colleagues to vote, but this is just ridiculous. Schakowsky received more than 600 votes (down a little from the first round), and no one else broke 100.

But the game is not over yet. Schakowsky has one more matchup, and she must face the formidable Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who made quick work of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in the final four after having defeated Rep. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in the first round.

This is your last chance to vote for who should eventually wield the Speaker’s gavel. Send us your pick and return to this page next week to see who wins.

E-mail your vote for the winner of the final matchup by 5 p.m. Tuesday to:

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