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Manuvering for power, Versailles courtiers in action

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I want more power

In the near future we are going to see a great deal of manuvering for power. As a long time observer of Versailles, I thought I would destruct Rahm Emanuel's pathetic manuvering.

On Sunday, ABC's George Stephanopoulos asked Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) whether he would be interested in serving as Obama's chief of staff. Emanuel did not rule it out.

This is truly a pathetic display of cronyism. Stephanopoulos and Emanuel served together in the Clinton administration. So Rahm calls up his old buddy and asks to get on Sunday TV and ask him about serving in the Obama administration, as chief of staff no less. Apart from being his crony, Stephanopoulos understands that he (Stephanopoulos that is) will have access to all of Emanuel's self-serving leaks should Emanuel succeed in insinuating himself into the Obama administration. So they play this farce of an interview on national TV.

Well, I don't see Obama going for this one. Emanuel was a Clinton supporter and Obama dosen't owe him a thing. The Obama campaign has been extraordinarily disciplined about not leaking and keeping their internal quarrles internal. All that would come to a halt if they were stupid enough to let Emanuel into their midst.

And that my friends is how Versailles works.

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Submitted by lambert on

but I didn't know why.

So what was the point of the charade?

[ ] Very tepidly voting for Obama [ ] ?????. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.

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Submitted by caseyOR on

I don't recall Rahm doing any campaigning for Hillary. He didn't endorse her. All I remember is the one time Rahm called out Teddy Kennedy after an especially egregious comment Teddy made about Hillary as VP.

Also, Jesse Jackson, Jr. is pushing to be Obama's replacement in the senate. In a subtle, Villager kind of way.

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Submitted by pie on

What's going on here? A Clinton supporter? Since when?

Unless you mnean Bill...

Rahm is trying to move up.

Good luck, Illinois.

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Submitted by pie on

Also, Jesse Jackson, Jr. is pushing to be Obama’s replacement in the senate

You did your job, little one.

(I deleted six or seven comments that were uncomplimentary about JJ, jr.)

Submitted by jawbone on

a Congressional seat based on his experience there.

From Wiki:

One of his proudest moments during the Clinton Administration "was an event that touched his political sensibilities and his personal ties to Israel: the 1993 Rose Garden signing ceremony after the Oslo accord between Israel and the Palestinians. Rahm directed the details of the ceremony, down to the choreography of the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat."[8]

At this point of his political career he was known for his intensity. Notably, he reportedly told British Prime Minister Tony Blair, "This is important. Don't fuck it up," prior to Blair appearing in public with Clinton for the first time after the Lewinsky scandal emerged.[9] Emanuel is said to have "mailed a rotting fish to a former coworker after the two parted ways."[8] On the night after the Clinton election, "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."[1] His "take-no-prisoners attitude" earned him the nickname "Rahm-bo".[8]

In 1998, Emanuel served on the Chicago Housing Association board and was repeatedly accused of undermining fair and affordable housing for low-income minorities. Opponents cite incidents during which Emanuel left concerned citizens meetings in which Section 8 housing destruction was authorized to talk on his cell phone or take early lunches. He has never publicly commented on his CHA years.

People who worked with Emanuel at that time "insist the once hard-charging staffer has mellowed out."[8] He left the White House to accept a well-paid position in investment banking at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein in Chicago, where he worked from 1999 to 2002 and reportedly earned US$18 million.[10]

Article doesn't mention how he stood re: Hillary's run. And he is from Chicago.

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Submitted by caseyOR on

If Barack wins his buddy the governor, Rod Blagojevich, will appoint his replacement. Rod is a part of the Chicago machine and, if you remember, was mentioned quite prominently at Rezko's trial.

It wouldn't surprise me if Richie Daley has some input into Rod's big decision.

Others mentioned as a possible replacement senator are Tammy Duckworth, wounded veteran of the Iraq war and current head of the Ill. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. They are all Democrats, of course.

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Submitted by Damon on

...and their momma in Chicago had announced their endorsement, Rahm remained quiet until the end. I wouldn't say he supported Hillary Clinton's run (because he didn't), but he is not an Obaman, and that much is clear. As a Chicagoan, he was given every avenue to announce his support for him, and declined. In fact, from what I heard, he was courted like crazy.

Obama doesn't have any need for Rahm. Obama doesn't reward half-hearted support for him by public officials. In order to get into his circle, you've got to go all in, and Rahm didn't (and will not) do that.

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Submitted by Davidson on

His brother was viciously anti-Hillary so I agree with others in that I don't see Rahm as a closeted HRC supporter so I'm thinking loyalty to Bill would be the only reason he didn't endorse Obama.

And, it's odd that for a man who says he wants to follow Lincoln's example written about in "Team of Rivals," Obama does seem to only surround himself with worshipers. I mean, Samantha Power, went from this smart, professional woman at the Kennedy School to a stark-raving Kool-Aide drinker. Something is afoot at Obama Central.

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Submitted by Damon on

between those who support Obama for their own gain, and for his true believers. That's my only point. The whole "if you weren't for Hillary, you were for Obama" mindset doesn't do justice to the reality of where we are. Like any other candidate, Obama has many orbits of support. It's my opinion that Rahm is hardly in Obama's inner orbit/circle, not even close.

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Submitted by amberglow on

-- "... Barack Obama's campaign has approached Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel about possibly serving as White House chief of staff, officials said Thursday, looking ahead as the marathon presidential race entered its final, frenzied stretch with a Democratic tilt.

The Democrats who described the contact with Emanuel spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to be quoted by name. ..." --

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Submitted by pie on

He's another guy I don't trust.

Boy, this is sure fun.


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Submitted by Davidson on

Emanuel is one of the worst. Back after the '06 Democratic sweep, he said something along the lines of "We won in spite of anti-war sentiment." Basically, they won because the Democrats promised to end the occupation (Lie!).

And as a Latino voter who deeply cares about immigration, this is the same man who said that the Democrats won't dare push reform until the second term of a Democratic President.* Unbelievable. Obama is going to win the battlegrounds because of Latinos who strongly back reform and he's going to stab us in the back with an issue profoundly close to our heart (It's a matter of principle, rather than a "Latino" issue).

*Why wait? Honestly, will opposition somehow magically go away after the first term of a Democratic president? It makes no sense. You push for it when you have the most power: the first year of the first term.