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09:44 AM on 08/16/2009
He is one of the most powerful and dangerous people in the world.
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09:31 AM on 08/16/2009
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-gates/rahm-emanuel-barack-obama_b_142837.html

"In sharp contrast to Obama's claim that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake, Emanuel claims he would do it again today. As chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he directed party funds to pro-invasion candidates and recruited candidates to oppose anti-war Democrats."

We should wonder....why the NY Times is doing a puff promotion piece on Emanuel.
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12:58 PM on 08/16/2009
Their readership is slipping; maybe they are looking for controversy. Don't think that praising Rahm will gain them many readers.
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imfedup
Fight the lies.
09:23 AM on 08/16/2009
Classic good cop-bad cop. Brilliant choice. This isn't Mr. Rogers neighborhood, folks. Politics is WAR, this country is in crisis, and I want this guy on my side. He's smart as hell, tough as hell, and he isn't afraid of anything. Great article. A must read.
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01:01 PM on 08/16/2009
Classic naif-manipulator. Not such a brilliant choice. Too bad that you feel that Mr. Emmanuel is superior to Mr. Rogers.
09:23 AM on 08/16/2009
The Obama Administration should be warned: the problem with Rahm Emmanuel is that he is pursuing his own agenda -- not the President's. Emmanuel sees himself as a pseudo president. Where Obama's rhetoric doesn't match his administration's actions, you can bet that Emmanuel is sure to blame. The President would be well-advised to jettison this guy before he derails the administration and its agenda.
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09:20 AM on 08/16/2009
Here's my advice for Rahm: Obama should be more like FDR, who would confront the right wing demagogue blowhards by name, and say "I welcome their hatred".

Nixing Blumenthal was a mistake. He is an SOB, but our SOB.
09:47 AM on 08/16/2009
Wow!! Did FDR say that???

Clinton should have said it....Obama should say it.....and MEAN it!

I welcome the hatred of demagogues and liars too!
marinade
Not if a pipeline will break, but when.
09:08 AM on 08/16/2009
His own ego is his downfall. He's going to scuttle the public option. It almost seems like he is taking revenge on the progressives. He's more intent on showing that the President can pseudo-succeed without progressives than he is in true reform.

He kisses up to Republicans but if you're a progressive Democrat, forget it.
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06:10 PM on 08/16/2009
I agree. He is still pissed at Dean. Eventually, moderate voters will notice this as well. I am sure that Republicans have.
09:02 AM on 08/16/2009
I think Obama, a nice guy, kumbaya all the way, picked Emanuel because he realized he needed a Washington "operator" to navigate the political storms that rage in Washington. I give him credit for facing that reality. Now he needs someone with equal status to "balance" Emanuel on the other side, who has respect and credibility with the grass roots, and whose progressive credentials are unquestionable. Kucinich, Feingold and Howard Dean are some names that come to mind. There are others....but names don't come to mind right now.
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06:12 PM on 08/16/2009
Great idea. And seats to a Rahm/Howard confrontation might retire the national debt.
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From the 518 to the 651
08:53 AM on 08/16/2009
I became a Rahm fan years ago (even though I have never lived in IL) when I heard him sarcastically congratulate Republicans for spending money on the rebuilding of Iraq (he said something lalong the lines of "Congratulations to the Republicans; they finally found the one place on earth where social spending works"). I wish that Rahm didn't hate Howard Dean, though.

It's too bad that there isn't a way to quantify political savvy...I'd love to see a virtual head-to-head match up between Rahm and Bob Haldeman (COS-wise).
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08:40 AM on 08/16/2009
I don't know what is is about this guy that gets under my skin. I just don't like him and think he's not very good for PO's image.
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Graywolf48
If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu
08:33 AM on 08/16/2009
I think Emanuel may be the most influential but also the most ineffective Chief of Staff in many years. He was influential during some of the worst years experienced by the Democratic Party in Washington. He opposed Howard Dean and the 50 State Strategy Dean used to bring the Democrats back to a majority party. Emanuel gets rewarded with the Presidential COS job. Dr. Dean gets, nothing. Obama seems to have a penchant for rewarding bad Democrats and penalizing those most loyal to the party. He did it with Dean, Lieberman, Specter and Emanuel. I supported Obama, although I must admit I have been becoming increasingly disappointed with him since inauguration day.
08:31 AM on 08/16/2009
Nothing like a little Irgun influence in the White House! Obama not our President, but Netanyahu over the 2009-2012 period!
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08:51 AM on 08/16/2009
"He [Emanuel] has been a force behind the administration’s opposition to Israeli settlement expansion, drawing fire from some Israel supporters."

What part of that sentence did you not understand?
09:06 AM on 08/16/2009
if so, would Israel pull any dirty tricks by supporting the republicans against 0bama's agendas?
09:10 AM on 08/16/2009
if so, would |sr@el pull any dirty tricks by supporting the republicans against 0bama's agendas?

(notice how i have to spell |sr@el in order to not get sen soared. you could spell it normally)

what's up with that?
08:26 AM on 08/16/2009
Somebody asked Emmanuelle how it feels to be the second most powerful man in the world. To which Emmanuelle replied - I don't know, ask Obama.
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There's a hole in the bottom of the sea
09:06 AM on 08/16/2009
Now every time I see his name I'm going to think of soft porn. Was the misspelling intentional?
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08:10 AM on 08/16/2009
Rham-o-licious. The boss wanted him for a reason and I am not questioning the boss,, especially affter only six months at the helm of the Titanic (Bush statred the spiral we have a competene leader now so we must wait and see. His lieutentants know what they are doing and I believe will get the job done.)
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06:19 PM on 08/16/2009
Bush wanted Cheney and Rumsfeld too; remember? And Wolfowitz and Leith and.....
08:09 AM on 08/16/2009
He's so shady and so not the person I would have expected Obama to choose as a top advisor. I realize he was supposed to be an "enforcer" of sorts, but he can't even do that right.
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imfedup
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09:21 AM on 08/16/2009
Shady how? I don't get this from this article at all.
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M4dwoman
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09:27 AM on 08/16/2009
He does look a little like the grinch in the above picture.
07:52 AM on 08/16/2009
Almost everytime President Obama leaves town NYT is interviewig Rahm Emanuel about him really being the one in charge and not President Obama. Rahm may feel that way but Is it because he is Jewish that they want him to be? Other staff members seem to also run to the NYT and complain behind his back when he leaves town. I would watch my back President Obama.