For Rahm Emanuel, this is the best and worst of times.
Thanks to a variety of factors--not the least of which is name recognition, thanks to his years in the Clinton and Obama administrations--Emanuel is seen as the prohibitive favorite in the 2011 Chicago mayoral race, with various polls placing him squarely in the lead.
However, as practically everyone knows, Emanuel is also in the political fight of his life right now, as well over a dozen people have challenged his residency. If the electoral board votes against him, he will be out of the race. In addition, the LGBT community is split about Emanuel, with some people linking him to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ( DADT ) policy that originated under Clinton