So President Barack Hussein Obama (I think I'm going to call him that from now on just to piss off the Republicans) has appointed Representative Rahm Emanuel (D, Illinois) as his Chief of Staff and Emanuel has accepted. So who is this guy?
Thursday, November 06, 2008
You can find his wiki article here. Here are the highlights: He's a old Clinton hand (worked on Bill's campaign and White House staff). He also worked for Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago and he is largely credited with the huge Democratic gains in the 2006 and 2008 Congressional contests. Emanuel has a reputation for being a bare knuckles political brawler (Gotta love Chicago) who only plays the political game to win. On domestic policy, Emanuel is known as a centrist. He's affiliated with centrist groups like the New Democrat Coalition and the Democratic Leadership Council which is currently run by former Representative and failed Senate candidate Harold Ford (D, Tennessee).
What does this mean about an Obama Presidency? It's a strong signal that his White House won't be pushed around by anyone - not by the Republican minority and not by the liberals in the Democratic Party who may see his election as a chance to fulfill a very long wish list of social programs and such. It also shows that all that talk about Obama being a "socialist" was totally nonsense! Most especially so if we hear in a few days that Harold Ford will be joining the team.
I'll conclude by saying that having lived in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles and having seen Chicago from the near sidelines for most of my life in the Midwest, this is a dream come true! Finally, our country is going to be run by Chicago politicians. Sure, Chicago is run by a corrupt machine but any comparison between Chicago and other machine run cities (like D.C. and LA) and you'll see a huge difference. In Chicago, the city actually functions. If you want government to work for you, put it in the hands of a bunch of people from Chicago!
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 12:00 PM