Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

RNC Hits Alleged Obama Presumption on White House Staff

By Anne E. Kornblut
Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois has emerged as the likely frontrunner for the job of chief of staff in an Obama White House, according to people involved in the campaign. But he has not been offered a job, his aides insisted on Thursday night - after Republican officials pounced on a report that Emanuel had already been approached.

In a release entitled "Audacity Watch," the Republican National Committee gleefully circulated an Associated Press story that quoted unnamed Democrats as saying Obama aides had asked Emanuel to serve as White House chief of staff. Emanuel, who served in the Clinton White House, did not comment, and his office denied any formal offer had been made.

"He has not been contacted to take a job in an administration that does not yet exist. Everyone is focused on Election Day, as they should be," Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg said.

But with the election just five days away and Obama maintaining a steady lead, Obama officials continued to map out a possible transition in order to be prepared next Wednesday, if they should win. One of the most important slots to fill is that of chief of staff - the eyes and ears of a president, and often the official who helps make other important personnel decisions.

Earlier in the process, former Sen. Majority Leader Tom Daschle had appeared to be in front of the pack for that position, in part because he played a similar advisory role to Obama's campaign. But some Obama allies recently said that Emanuel - with his younger, tougher persona and a White House background - would be a better fit for the job, and that Daschle might be picked for a Cabinet post.

By Post Editor  |  October 30, 2008; 8:58 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: The Ad War Continues in Ohio
Next: Justice Dept. Will Send 800 Monitors to Polls


David Harsanyi
Denver Post 10/31/08

"...Now, I'm not suggesting Obama intends to transform this nation into 1950s-era Soviet tyranny or that he will possess the power to do so. I'm suggesting Obama is praising and mainstreaming an economic philosophy that has failed to produce a scintilla of fairness or prosperity anywhere on earth. Ever.

If you believe that "fairness" -- a childishly subjective idea that ought to be quarantined to playgrounds and Berkeley City Council meetings -- should be meted out by the autocrats inhabiting Washington, D.C., your faith will be duly rewarded.

You know, once upon a time, the stated purpose of taxation was to fund public needs -- such as schools and roads -- assist those who could not help themselves, defend our security and freedom, and yes, occasionally offer bailouts to sleazy fat cats.

Obama is the first major presidential candidate in memory to assert that taxation's principal purpose should be redistribution.

The proposition that government should take one group's lawfully earned profits and hand them to another group -- not a collection of destitute or impaired Americans, mind you, but a still-vibrant middle class -- is the foundational premise of Obama's fiscal policy."

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need"
K Marx 1875
B Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 31, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Both sides had better have contingency plans and possible "staffers". The GOP bleats show a campaign on its last legs. I can only hope Emanuel's past history of profanity, temper tantrums and the rest are over. Also, why would they want him to leave a Congressional seat? Pick Daschle who knows how to get along with the "Hill" from long experience.

Posted by: NotBubba | October 31, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Gort has been abducted, multiply replicated and is now being abused by the McCain campaign team in its final desperate effort to add four more years to the Cheney-Bush catastrophe. We've got only one day left to raise money and only four more days to knock on doors, make phone calls and boost voter turnout to a 48-year record. The turnout of the voting-age population was 63.1% in 1960. In 2004, it was 55.3%. The low point was 49.1% in 1996.



Posted by: DrainYou | October 31, 2008 1:19 AM | Report abuse


The evidence is overwhelming:

Posted by: drtj1976 | October 31, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has not associated with "Rev." Wright and his "church", Louis Farrakhan, "Father" Phleger, Tony Rezko, William Ayers & Bernadine Dohrne, Rashid Khalidi, Mazen Asbahi, ACORN, and abortion extremists IN SPITE of their offensive or criminal activities, but BECAUSE of them! That's what ATTRACTS him to them!

Posted by: lightnin001 | October 31, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse


CNN takes a look at what went wrong with McCain's planned Phoney Plumber Joe photo op earlier this morning. According to the McCain campaign, Joe decided he didn't want to go at the last minute, but according to Joe, they never followed up with him after making the initial invite.

Either way, it led to one of the most humiliating moments of the campaign for McCain, who announced Joe's presence to the crowd only to quickly discover that Joe was a no show. An obviously flustered McCain then flubbed an attack line during his speech, and instead of recovering simply said: "never mind."

Here's more video of today's McCain event -- absolutely hilarious!:


Posted by: DrainYou | October 30, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone honestly think that the guy who has run the most organized campaign EVER, doesn't have contingency plans for a transition team? Wouldn't it be the height of irresponsibility to NOT have such a plan?

Presumptuous? Audacious? Just Republican code-words for 'uppity'. Shame on htem!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 30, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone honestly think that the guy who has run the most organized campaign EVER, doesn't have contingency plans for a transition team? Wouldn't it be the height of irresponsibility to NOT have such a plan?

Presumptuous? Audacious? Just Republican code-words for 'uppity'. Shame on htem!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 30, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

What's scary is the idea that either candidate is not far along in this process. Does anyone really think that waiting until after the election to plan for such an important transition and team would be reasonable or responsible?

I hope both candidates have been "measuring the drapes" by now.

Posted by: riverken | October 30, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

this is funny, considering that both obama and emmanuel will be ditching current jobs representing illinois (jobs they havent held very long at that) for greater career opportunities.

its epsecially ill-timed because it reminds you that obama made a pledge back in 2004 that he would serve out his full term as senator, and would not be running for president in 2008.

whats better was his argument: I'm a state senator and it doesnt make much sense that I would run for president after just 4 years in the US senate. sounds like a mccain commercial to me.

but seriously, obama has already bolted on illinois i think rahm emmanuel really has a duty to finish out his new term.

Posted by: dummypants | October 30, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

The thought of having Tom Daschle in the White House, makes me...



Makes Me..."Gag"...

Really Makes...


Oh God! I'm going to "RAAALLLPHHH" "RETCH!"

(Runs for Bathroom!)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 30, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I completely understand that they have to plan for this, but as an Obama supporter, I have to say there are some really dumb people in the Dem party. Can't they keep their mouths shut? My hunch is this came from the Emmanuel camp. This fits right into "measuring the drapes"...and it's because some people feel the need to talk constantly instead of trying to win an election.

Posted by: tx-il | October 30, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company