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Post-Partisan Obama Picks Rahm Emanuel

From the elated DNC minions at the Politico:

Obama plans to name Emanuel chief of staff

Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen Jim Vandehei, Mike Allen

Wed Nov 5, 2008

In his first major move as president-elect, Barack Obama has asked Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), a tough-minded tactician with West Wing experience, to serve as his White House chief of staff, Democratic sources tell Politico.

Emanuel has said to friends that he wants and will take the job, but it was not a done deal as of early this morning. Obama plans to move swiftly with his transition announcement and could name Emanuel this week, the sources said. He then plans rapid-fire announcements on his economic and national security teams. 

If Emanuel — a member of the House Democratic leadership with ambitions to one day to be House speaker — were to turn it down, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) would likely get the nod, the sources said.

Some Democrats have warned that Emanuel’s take-no-prisoners style could hurt Obama. But the president-elect wants to move fast to push his legislative agenda through the Democratic-controlled Congress — and Emanuel knows the Hill and power politics as well as anyone in town.

“Obama wants a bad cop, so he can be good cop 90 percent of the time,” an adviser said.

Emanuel, who at 49 is two years older than Obama, is the Democratic Caucus chairman, the fourth-highest-ranking member of the House Democratic leadership.

Emanuel was known for his hard-nosed tactics as a senior adviser to President Bill Clinton. After leaving the White House, he returned to Chicago as an investment bank managing director.

Friends of both men say that Obama likes Emanuel, and that Emanuel would be totally loyal. And Obama respects Emanuel’s knowledge of Washington, including the legislative process, and his reputation for getting things done…

In his personal views, he’s a centrist, and despite a combative political style, he has good relations with many congressional Republicans, such as Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.).

As we have previously noted, Mr. Emanuel is one of the most rabid partisan politician in the history of this country.

From a hagiographic piece in Rolling Stone Magazine:

[T]he night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting “Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!” and plunging the knife into the table after every name. “When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape,” one campaign veteran recalls. “It was like something out of The Godfather. But that’s Rahm for you.”

So much for the fantasy that Mr. Obama will govern from the center.

Oh, and lest we forget, Mr. Emanuel was on the board of Freddie Mac when it was bringing about our current financial crisis.

But never mind such petty details.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “Post-Partisan Obama Picks Rahm Emanuel”

  1. sheehanjihad says:

    and so it begins.

  2. dawsonfamily4 says:

    Oh joy. The day just keeps getting better (I’m being sarcastic, of course).

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Who’s the Bad Cop again?

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    WHOA-WHOA-WHOA! What’s this Sacrifice Crap Obama’s talkin’ about. I thought he was givin stuff away?! Like I said to the lady at the YMHA in the Comedy Relief T Shirt after Clinton won in 92 (You would think I shoulda known better) after she screamed that if we don’t give poor people money, THEY’LL BREAK INTO OUR HOUSES AND KILL US ALL!!!! – (no, I’m not making that up),

    Hey, I’m not worried – your guy will live down to every expectation I have of him. Boy, I was knew I’d be right, I just didn’t know by how much.

  5. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    From all places, the BBC, 5 days before the election:

    Obama ‘makes chief-of-staff move’

    31 Oct 2008

    A Democratic congressman has reportedly been approached by US presidential hopeful Barack Obama to be his chief-of-staff.

    Rahm Emanuel was named by Democratic sources as a contender for the job.

    The Illinois congressman is considered a highly partisan politician who served in Bill Clinton’s White House.

    The BBC’s Justin Webb says the McCain campaign say this is an example of the real face of an Obama administration – governed from the left.

    Mr Obama refused to be drawn on reports he had approached Mr Emanuel about becoming his chief-of-staff.

    “I’m trying to win an election,” he told reporters when asked the question as he stepped off a flight in Missouri.

    “Plouffe is my chief-of-staff,” he added, referring to campaign manager David Plouffe.

    An aide to Mr Emanuel told the AP “he has not been contacted to take a job in an administration that does not yet exist”.


    Amazing. Now the he has won the election, all that tounge-in-cheek talk about be a centrist is done. He is flat out a lefty.

  6. Colonel1961 says:

    Well, at least he doesn’t have a funny name like BHO does…

  7. curvyred says:

    Tom Daschle, lmao.

    That Barry he sure believes in reaching FARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR across his Own aisle.

  8. JohnMG says:

    Is anyone really surprised? Obama rose to prominence out of nowhere. A little over four years ago, no one had heard of him. Then, voila, he speaks at the Dem national convention, and the push is on to make him a household name. He is not his own person, for he has no record of accomplishments. But the handlers recognized a capable tool to further their own agenda. Now it is time to pay off the people responsible for his meteoric rise. Thus Emanual, or someone equally abrasive and ambitious. Daschle? He has ‘loser’ written all over him, but Emanual has paid his dues under Clinton and will now sue to collect his prize. How does a Chuck Schumer as Attorney-General strike you? Maybe a Hillary Clinton as Associate-justice on the Supreme Court is more to your liking? Or Metzenbaum? Or Kennedy? Chris Dodd as Chairman of the ‘Fed’ seems to be a perfect fit.

    Nothing will surprise me–not even a Chuck Hagel as the token “reaching across the aisle” nominee. Nothing!

  9. VMAN says:

    Let’s keep our eye on the president select. He plans on hitting the ground running and pushing through as much garbage (legislation) as he can before people catch on. Be ready to call senators and representatives to try and stop it. I’m not so sure the Republicans left have the guts.

  10. philipspace says:

    Every mistake will be hailed as a triumph, every blunder a testament to his inscrutable wisdom.

    With the Press acting as the new Ministry of Truth, the internet hijacked by Factcheck.org and other polemics, and a populace too apathetic and/or lazy to bother researching their candidate for ten friggin’ minutes, I think we’re gonna be in for a long, cold winter.

    This country just elected a rubber stamp, a democrat figurehead, nothing more.

  11. pinandpuller says:

    Let the executive orders begin. Clinton pretty much destroyed the logging industry in this country if my memory is correct…

  12. Anonymoose says:

    Good God, stabbing his knife in a table in rage at Clinton’s “enemies?” I don’t know which is worse, finding out even more scary garbage about the Clinton White House I never knew about, or that the man for “change” is gathering up every bigshot from the Clinton era to add to his ranks. So much for changing the very fabric of the universe. I wonder if some of the liberals who were disillusioned by Clinton will start going “wait a minute, I’ve seen this before!” I doubt it…….

  13. philipspace says:

    Liberals still hail Clinton as their last messiah.

    McCain wasn’t running against Obama, he was running against the public perception of the Clinton Legacy.

  14. DW says:

    [T]he night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting “Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!” and plunging the knife into the table after every name. “When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape,” one campaign veteran recalls. “It was like something out of The Godfather. But that’s Rahm for you.”

    Tatered! . . . Tatered! . . . Tatered!”
    But that’s SJ for you…

  15. DEZ says:


  16. Professor_Repulso says:

    “In 1968 a young man escaped Communist Cuba and a few months later was in America to stay. Manuel Alvarez, Jr. wrote a letter to the editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and offered this sobering account of how Communism came about in Cuba:
    ‘In the late 1950s, most Cubans thought Cuba needed a change, and they were right. So when a young leader came along, every Cuban was at least receptive. When the young leader spoke eloquently and passionately and denounced the old system, the press fell in love with him. They never questioned who his friends were or what he really believed in. When he said he would help the farmers and the poor and bring free medical care and education to all, everyone followed. When he said he would bring justice and equality to all, everyone said “Praise the Lord.” And when the young leader said, “I will be for change and I’ll bring you change,” everyone yelled, “Viva Fidel!” But nobody asked about the change, so by the time the executioner’s guns went silent the people’s guns had been taken away. By the time everyone was equal, they were equally poor, hungry, and oppressed. By the time everyone received their free education it was worth nothing. By the time the press noticed, it was too late, because they were now working for him.’ “

  17. DEZ says:

    Obama, Che, Castro, Lenin, Marx, Chavez, put them all in the same folder, labeled LOVED BY IDIOTS.

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