Saturday, November 15, 2008

RAHM-BO IN THE WHITE HOUSE


Said Obama to Emanuel, "I can give you House...White House, that is!"

Rahm Emanuel, the Congressional Democrats' loveable pit bull, has been selected by President-elect Barack Obama to be White House Chief of Staff. This is old news. But was it a smart choice? Republicans, including House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, have criticized Mr. Obama's choice as being hypocritical given the president-elect's bi-partisan rhetoric on the campaign trail.

For those of you who don't know, Mr. Emanuel led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to victory during the midterm elections of 2006; the Democrats picked up 31 seats in the House. Before that, he served as a senior advisor and chief fundraiser for Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago. Emanuel then served as a senior advisor to President Bill Clinton.

His take-no-prisoners reputation has left his own side in awe and the other side jealous that they don't have such an astute political operative in their ranks. Emanuel is said to have mailed a rotten fish to a former coworker after the two parted ways and was given the nickname "Rahm-bo."

Yet, rather than being a liability, Mr. Emmanuel's signature combative style and take-no-prisoners reputation will be an essential weapon of the arsenal Mr. Obama will need to keep Congressional Democrats--House and Senate--in line if the president-elect's ambitious legislative agenda is to have any hope of passing in his first term. To paraphrase Grand Moff Tarkin in StarWars, "Fear will keep rebelious members in line. Fear of Rahm Emanuel."

Indeed, keeping the Democratic caucus and conference in line with the Obama Administration will be much more important than reaching across the aisle in light of the spanking Congressional Republicans just suffered. The unity of the Democratic juggernaut in Congress, more than needless compromise, will make what few centrist Republicans remain more likely to break rank with their increasingly conservative leadership. Thus, Mr. Obama's choice showcases the two personality traits that has served him so well through the long campaign season--ruthless efficiency and clever pragmatism.

This leaves Lefty's with only one conclusion: RAHM ROCKS THE HOUSE...BIG TIME!

3 comments:

Bill Sanchez said...

"His take-no-prisoners reputation has left his own side in awe and the other side jealous that they don't have such an astute political operative in their ranks."

they had Tom DeLay
lol

good post, Ian

Demosthenes said...

thanks! too bad delay's indicted. rahm's rule numero uno--never get caught!

sharpberry said...

One of the things I appreciate most about Obama is that he surrounds himself with a great team. It was very smart of him to start making these decisions right away and not lose any momentum off the election.