Rahm sticking around
There's been some talk lately that Rahm Emanuel might be on his way out. "Talk" may be too strong a word, actually. Rumors? Interest? Speculation? It's been loud enough, in any case, that Emanuel was asked to clarify his plans on MSNBC this morning:
GUTHRIE: Rahm, let's dispense with one other piece of business. You may be aware, there are a lot of rumors around town about your future plans. Will you commit to stay at the White House through 2010? A lot of chiefs of staff makes this a two-year gig.
GUTHRIE: Yes, you're staying for 2010? So, you're not going to run for mayor of Chicago?
GUTHRIE: Okay. No running for your old seat then, huh?
EMANUEL: No running for my old seat.
So there you have it. I've actually been confused by these rumors all along: Emanuel's congressionalist strategy is looking pretty successful. Health-care reform is likely to pass. The stimulus actually did pass. The White House appears to function relatively smoothly. Given the dysfunctions of the legislature and the records of their immediate successors, the administration has been uncommonly successful at delivering on some of their tougher campaign promises. Rahm has done well, it seems.
On the other hand, if you think that the measure of the president is whether he looks likely to pick up seats in the midterms (which virtually never happens, by the way), then maybe Emanuel isn't doing so well. And since the Washington media is dominated by people who report on campaigns and politics rather than Congress and policy, that's probably the dominant perception.
Photo credit: Pete Souza/The White House.
January 11, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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