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Rahm Emanuel to be Obama Chief of Staff
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, November 06, 2008

Good start at cleaning up Washington, introducing "new" politics and bridging the political divide. Name a hyper-partisan Washington insider as your Chief of Staff.
 
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Chicago gangsterism, change you can believe in.
 
Written By: Titus Quinn
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Did you notice the number of former Clinton Administration names on the short list for various cabinet posts? So much for Hope and Change(c)(r)tm; experience is what counts when reality bites and that means veteran insiders.
 
Written By: CR
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And Paul Begala, who is perhaps the most annoying little twit to ever appear on television (save Keith Dimbulbermann), says that Emanuel is "a cross between a hemorroid and a toothache."

And it is well known that Emanuel is not a "let’s work with the other side" kind of guy. Which proves what bullcrappola Obama was selling when he called for "national unity." Unity my behind.

Oh, will this be a fun four years!
 
Written By: James Marsden
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In recent administrations, at least, the chief of staff is a manager, not a partisan politico. Bush’s first chief was the benign Andrew Card, as I recall. Clinton had Mack McLarty and then Leon Panetta, both managers. Bush 41 had John Sununu. Reagan had James Baker.

With Emanuel, Obama is making a political ramrod the chief of staff.

The equivalent would be Bush making Tom DeLay the chief, or Clinton making Carville the chief.

It’s clearly going to be a "direct action" White House.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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His appointment is certainly being made with an eye toward legislative activism.

The best summary I’ve seen is a version of "good cop/bad cop" with Obama being the good guy, of course. I think Emanuel will be able to redefine the ’bad cop’ role in ways not yet imagined. ;)
 
Written By: McQ
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Unhinged is more like it.

The 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."

http://www.salon.com/politics/war_room/2008/11/05/rahmbo/



 
Written By: tkc
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I think Emanuel will be able to redefine the ’bad cop’ role in ways not yet imagined. ;)
"Good Cop and Bad Cop left for the day. I’m a different kind of cop..."
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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...began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting "Dead! ... Dead! ... Dead!" and plunging the knife into the table after every name.
Ya know, I don’t recall hearing about Karl Rove doing anything like that.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Do you want Pelosi running the country, or the guy we (okay, me and my commie friends) elected as President?

The guy who won the big chair wants to be in charge, and Rhambo can control Pelosi.

A new kind of politics can mean being an absolute d*ck in our nations interests, and you have to admit, that would be new. Usually these guys are d*cks in their own interests.

It’s not like Rham will be pushing Republicans around, he’ll get a different guy for that (Olbermmann?) LOL

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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It’s not like Rham will be pushing Republicans around,
No, he’ll just be calling for their deaths.

Loudly.

While stabbing a table...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Rahm can’t control Pelosi. You think that "stabbing a table" bit scares her? You can’t stab a vampire to death. And Reid is a walking corpse, he won’t get scared either.
 
Written By: shark
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No, he’ll just be calling for their deaths.
Like this...?

"What the f*ck happened to the Delta I used to know? Where’s the spirit? Where’s the guts, huh? This could be the greatest night of our lives, but you’re gonna let it be the worst! "Ooh, we’re afraid to go with you Bluto, we might get in trouble." Well, just kiss my ass from now on! Not me! I’m not gonna take this! Wormer, he’s a dead man! Marmalard, dead! Niedermeyer—"

Don’t you guys get parody?

Rahn may have been genuinely upset, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t expressing it using hyperbole, exageration, and parody.

Are you folks suggesting that he literally intended to murder these people? Are you that silly?
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Captin, Bluto wasn’t a humorless partisan hack.
I would guess he was implying about killing their political careers.

So humor is a excuse now? Tell that to the outraged progressives who screamed when Bush was shown looking for WMDs in the Oval Office and joking, "Those weapons of mass destruction must be somewhere!" and "Nope, no weapons over there!"
MIA WMDs—For Bush, It’s a Joke
 
Written By: Paul L.
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So much for "we need to unite as a country" obama. To pick Rham Emanual is politics as usual. The only change you’ll see is what’s left of your paycheck.
 
Written By: Booneman
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Captain Sarcastic (hah!) is already whining. "hey, guys it was just a joke."

Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.

The bombing begins in 5 minutes.
 
Written By: Harun
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With McCain no longer dishing the dirt for the Republicians, we now find liver lipped
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Alex Conant taking the lead.

When you (Republicans) can’t perform as a party they can only speak negative of the person (President elect Obama) that will deliver change the nation needs.

The RNC should rename their proposed series from "Obama’s Broken Promise," to "Republican’s Broke Back Mountain" since they spend so much time up their own backsides.


 
Written By: redstatelane
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Rahn may have been genuinely upset, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t expressing it using hyperbole, exaggeration, and parody.

Are you folks suggesting that he literally intended to murder these people?

Are you that silly?
So humor is a excuse now?
Captain Sarcastic (hah!) is already whining. "hey, guys it was just a joke."
I guess that question is answered.
The bombing begins in 5 minutes.
I thought that was funny (helped by the fact it was an impromptu moment.
Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.
I thought that was innocuous. (helped by the fact that it was an impromtu moment)
when Bush was shown looking for WMDs in the Oval Office and joking, "Those weapons of mass destruction must be somewhere!" and "Nope, no weapons over there!"
I thought this was hideously inappropriate considering he sent people to die to remove those non-existent weapons (made more offensive by the fact it was written, staged, filmed, and assumably reviewed, and no one figured out how awful it was)

With Rhambo, I don’t doubt that whatever transpired, he was genuinely angry, from what I understand, this is a guy who emotes in a very demonstrative way. And while we are certain that Ronald Reagan was kidding about starting any bombing in 5 minutes, less certain that McCain was not showing his intentions regarding Iran, I think it’s clear that Emanuel was not planning the murder of anyone in that room, so characterize how you want, I offered three adjectives, hyperbole, exaggeration, and parody. Unless you want to argue literal, then you have chose one or more of those three.

Maybe’s he’s crazy?

Way more effective than good cop / bad cop, see...




 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Captain Sarcastic -

Jessica Kalish was stabbed 200 times with a Phillips screwdriver.

Is her family and the many families of stabbing victims, somehow less deserving of "seriousness" from Rham Emanual, than military families are from George Bush?

A President who, by the way, already had proof of Saddam Hussein’s possession of WMD, because on March 16, 1988, 5000 Kurds in Halabja did not simultaneously drop dead from a botch liposuction.
 
Written By: Adriane
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Jessica Kalish was stabbed 200 times with a Phillips screwdriver.

Is her family and the many families of stabbing victims, somehow less deserving of "seriousness" from Rham Emanual, than military families are from George Bush?
Did Rahm send Kalish to eliminate some threat that resulted in her death?
A President who, by the way, already had proof of Saddam Hussein’s possession of WMD, because on March 16, 1988, 5000 Kurds in Halabja did not simultaneously drop dead from a botch liposuction.
He had proof of Saddam’s past possession of WMD - not proof of possession at the time. Following that logic, I have proof of stockpiles of catapults in Greece.

Yeah, Emanuel is a partisan hack. What did you guys really expect? But, piling on, because he said I wish so and so would drop dead? Come on. Hit them on partisanship and folly of policy. But, reviving Saddam did have WMD is not going to help.
 
Written By: Is
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Is her family and the many families of stabbing victims, somehow less deserving of "seriousness" from Rham Emanual, than military families are from George Bush?
I am going to save this one.

I think I may have a bumper sticker made.
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Are you folks suggesting that he literally intended to murder these people? Are you that silly?
I just want to know, honestly, what you’d be thinking if ROve had done the same...

And lets be clear - Emanuel is from Chicago... You assume hyperbole from members of the Chicago Scene at your own peril.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Do you want Pelosi running the country, or the guy we (okay, me and my commie ba$tard friends) elected as President?
You think that empty suit is going to run anything. hahahahahahaha




 
Written By: capt joe
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I just want to know, honestly, what you’d be thinking if ROve had done the same...
I have no doubt that Rove has done the same, in one form or another, but I doubt that I would be any more or less uninterested. Anyone who thinks there is no desire for retribution in politics is hopelessly naive, and I don’t think that’s the meme your pushing here. I think you are just grabbing on to what’s out there and running with it.

But I get your point, if this were 2000 and this were Karl Rove, some Democrats would be trying to make a big deal of this, so why shouldn’t you now.

Fair enough.

I have known this story about Emanuel for a long, long time, and I always thought it was a good story, but I never thought of it as literal, more as just a bunch of young political gunslingers (none were public figures at that time) blowing off steam. I compare it to George W. Bush, when, in the aftermath of the same election that preceded Emanuel’s Bluto rant, he ran into WSJ reporter Al Hunt in a restaurant, and screamed "You f*cking son of a bitch. I saw what you wrote. We’re not going to forget this."

In any case, good luck with the tarring and feathering, perhaps you can counter Chris Matthews attempts to help the country have a successful President, because we know that won’t be a good thing!?!?
It was there that Emanuel, then Clinton’s chief fund-raiser, repaired with George Stephanopoulos, Mandy Grunwald and other aides to Doe’s, the campaign hangout. Revenge was heavy in the air as the group discussed the enemies - Democrats, Republicans, members of the press - who wronged them during the 1992 campaign. Clifford Jackson, the ex-friend of the President and peddler of the Clinton draft-dodging stories, was high on the list. So was William Donald Schaefer, then the Governor of Maryland and a Democrat who endorsed George Bush. Nathan Landow, the fund-raiser who backed the candidacy of Paul Tsongas, made it, too.

Suddenly Emanuel grabbed his steak knife and, as those who were there remember it, shouted out the name of another enemy, lifted the knife, then brought it down with full force into the table.

’’Dead!’’ he screamed.

The group immediately joined in the cathartic release: ’’Nat Landow! Dead! Cliff Jackson! Dead! Bill Schaefer! Dead!’’
You think that empty suit is going to run anything. hahahahahahaha
I remember when another party misunderestimated a guy who won an election.

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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It turns out he was on the board of Freddie Mac.

President-elect Barack Obama’s newly appointed chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, served on the board of directors of the federal mortgage firm Freddie Mac at a time when scandal was brewing at the troubled agency and the board failed to spot "red flags," according to government reports reviewed by ABCNews.com.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=6201900&page=1

Let me guess, this was just a parody.
 
Written By: tkc
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Let me guess, this was just a parody.
Campaign’s over guys, this would cost some votes and provide good political fodder for an opponent, but really, what does Emanuel’s association with Freddie Mac have to do with his ability to be a Chief of Staff?

Expect this to be ignored by Obama, there’s no advise and consent for WH Staff (not that the Senate would not quickly consent)


 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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It goes to show that ’hope for change’ was just a bunch of bull.

Instead, it is corruption as normal.
 
Written By: tkc
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Instead, it is corruption as normal.
Well, normal for Chicago... I suspect the beats even the current average in DC.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Presidential-elect Barack Obama’s staff are people who holds prominent position during his campaign. They are paid to track Obama’s campaign from different states.
Obama wants to learn everything about you if you plan to take part in his administration. That seems fair, doesn’t it? If a person is going to uphold a title in any high-responsibility position in America’s federal government, it is in the best interest of the nation and its people that the person meets certain qualifications and not be a security risk. However, it seems reasonability has its limits. On his seven-page 63-question application, Obama asks for detailed information on each person that’s a hopeful for his team. With this profound application screening, you’d think the administration would have enough to perform credit repair for everyone who applies. CNN revealed a copy of this questionnaire, which requires applicants not only to thoroughly clarify their deeds and accomplishments over the past 10 years or more, they must also do the same for their spouse. As part of my hope that applicants indeed get free credit repair through this deal, here are some of my favorite questions… (1) Writing: Please list and, if readily available, provide a copy of each book, article, column or publication (including but not limited to any posts or comments on blogs or other Web sites) you have authored, individually or with another. Please list all aliases or “handles” you have used to communicate over the Internet. (2) Electronic communications: If you have ever sent an electronic communication, including but not limited to an E-mail, text message or instant message, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect if it were made public, please describe. (3) Please provide the URL address of any Web sites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, etc.) This is only the top layer of how deep the application goes. So, if you’re planning on serving under the “change” administration and you don’t have all you’re aces on the surface, you should probably start digging.

Click to read more on Credit Repair
 
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