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Emanuel Accepts Job as Obama's Chief of Staff


Newly installed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and President-elect Barack Obama. Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast of the Associated Press

llinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job as President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, a move ensuring that a seasoned Washington insider with deep knowledge of both Congress and the national political landscape will be at Obama's right hand in the White House.

"Though Rahm understands how to get things done in Washington, he still looks at the world from the perspective of his neighbors and constituents on the Northwest Side of Chicago, who work long and hard, and ask only that their government stand on their side and honor their values," Obama said in a statement announcing the move this afternoon.

Of his decision, Emanuel said: "I'm leaving a job I love to join your White House for one simple reason -- like the record amount of voters who cast their ballot over the last month, I want to do everything I can to help deliver the change America needs."

Emanuel was elected to Congress in 2002 to a strongly Democratic Chicago-area seat once held by legendary Ways and Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski. He rapidly rose through the ranks of the Democratic Caucus -- serving as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006 and then as the Caucus Chairman over the last two years.

But, Emanuel's experience prior to coming to Congress as an elected official may be more instructive when seeking to understand what sort of chief of staff he will be.

During the 1988 election cycle, Emanuel served as national field director at the DCCC under then Chairman Beryl Anthony (Ark.) and then spent the better part of the 1990s affiliated in one way or another with the campaign and then presidency of Bill Clinton.

Emanuel oversaw fundraising during the presidential campaign of Clinton and held several positions in the White House, first as political director, then manager of special legislative efforts, and finally as senior adviser.

One former Clinton Administration official compared Emanuel to a defensive end in football. "Very smart, super quick and agile, but getting hit by him, particularly when you were blindsided, felt like being run over by a truck," said the source.

Over those fifteen years as a staffer, Emanuel earned a take-no-prisoners reputation and a nickname -- "Rahmbo" -- to go with it. At times he was blunt to a fault, and alienated some of his administration colleagues.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) seized on Emanuel's partisan reputation to condemn the choice.

"This is an ironic choice for a President-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil, and govern from the center," said Boehner in a statement.

But, Emanuel allies argue that the image of the Illinois Congressman as a partisan brawler is more myth than reality.

Emanuel regularly speaks with current White House chief of staff Josh Bolton and has even attended a baseball game with the Republican. He counts Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of John McCain's closest allies, and retiring Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) as friends. And, Emanuel's allies point to SCHIP legislation and a G.I. Bill of Rights as examples of where he worked across the aisle to secure support.

Our sense on Emanuel is that he is the ultimate political pragmatist. He understands that Obama was elected in part (a major part) due to his promise to change the way politics is conducted in Washington. Does that mean Emanuel's tough minded approach to the intersection of politics and policy change? Absolutely not. But it does mean that Emanuel will understand that reaching across the aisle for Republican support is absolutely essential to Obama's political brand and will look for opportunities to do so.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2008; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Patrick:

"One of Rahm's proudest moments during the Clinton administration "was an event that touched his political sensibilities and his personal ties to Israel: the 1993 Rose Garden signing ceremony after the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization ("PLO"). Emanuel directed the details of the ceremony, down to the choreography of the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat."

Try doing your homework next time.

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Posted by: patrickbarry2

Well, the new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is a Hawk for Israel and here I was hoping for change; it appears not. Peace in the Middle East? I doubt this very much under the Obama Administration. Soooooo billions of more tax payers money will be squandered away on fear of an attack. Why not have the boarders of Israel go back to pre 1967? If the Arab league accepts Israel as a country with that ONE condition, then why not? But I very much doubt that this Administration will act in this fashion. They will carry on the failed Bush policies in this region.
I did have hope, but it is fading.

Posted by: mshmouth | November 8, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

This is the first time I've read the Comments for The Fix. I'll give it another try or two but Mr. Potato Head is so disgusting I'm not sure how much I can handle. And some others are nearly as bad. How long will it take you right wingers to connect the dots between these attacks and your abject failure at the polls?

Posted by: observerinvancouver | November 7, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

RE is the perfect conduit to to the Chicago Machine. Look for some new projects and money infusion in the IL area this spring.

Posted by: leapin | November 7, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

From reading the comments on this blog and several others - too many Americans are getting their only information about President-elect Obama from Fox, talk radio, Ann Coulter, and Micele Malkin. What a shame!

Obama is not a left wing radical firebrand. Read his books, especially the one written after he was chosen to lead Harvard Law Review. Much more substance, thought and care than you will find in almost any other politician. He has a deep intellect and understanding of the real problems in America.

In his second book, written after he was elected to the Senate - he has excellent insight into problems with the American political process. Just the part about the difference in flying home coach vs private plan is revealing.

Posted by: Charming1 | November 7, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

JustJunkEmail: I've come to the conclusion that those who are already trying to tear down President-Elect Obama one day after the election need some therapy to deal with the fact that they don't know who there fathers are
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I recall 16 years ago, just days after President Clinton was first elected the "Impeach Clinton" bumper stickers started appearing in conservative areas. I hope the new President remembers this and takes action to counter act the smears and attacks.

Posted by: Charming1 | November 7, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUL1Z0356sA

Even the Republican state of Tenn. is proud. Congratulations President Barack Obama. From Memphis Tenn.

Posted by: MDickey28 | November 7, 2008 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Well, the new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is a Hawk for Israel and here I was hoping for change; it appears not.
Peace in the Middle East? I doubt this very much under the Obama Administration.
Soooooo billions of more tax payers money will be squandered away on fear of an attack.
Why not have the boarders of Israel go back to pre 1967?
If the Arab league accepts Israel as a country with that ONE condition, then why not?
But I very much doubt that this Administration will act in this fashion.
They will carry on the failed Bush policies in this region.
I did have hope, but it is fading.

Posted by: patrickbarry2


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1. He's not a NeoCon.

2. He's COS, not a policy maker.

3. Barack makes policy, not Emmanuel.

4. COS is like a dog...utterly dependent on his owner for what he is to do, and utterly loyal and protective.

5. He is respected by both sides.

He's the perfect choice.

Israel is a non-issue.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 7, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Well, the new Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is a Hawk for Israel and here I was hoping for change; it appears not.
Peace in the Middle East? I doubt this very much under the Obama Administration.
Soooooo billions of more tax payers money will be squandered away on fear of an attack.
Why not have the boarders of Israel go back to pre 1967?
If the Arab league accepts Israel as a country with that ONE condition, then why not?
But I very much doubt that this Administration will act in this fashion.
They will carry on the failed Bush policies in this region.
I did have hope, but it is fading.

Posted by: patrickbarry2 | November 6, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Sure glad i bought stock in firearms. Gun sales are through the roof since this spook was elected and it's certainly understandable.

Google Larry Sinclair and see NObama s u c k i n g White-mans D i c k.

Dem's president if Gay - LOL

King

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98


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Your inner orangutan is showing!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Great! Now we have a Urangatang in the WH

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98

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Cool. A petting zoo for the girls!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

NObama's Pubic-Haired head looks like my toilet seat in the AM when I'm taking my morning pee scratching my NUTS.

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98

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We're happy you finally replaced the outhouse. Remember to wipe!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Great! Now we have a Urangatang in the WH

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98 | November 6, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Two months from now we'll be reading WH visits are down due to complaints of a foul stench coming from the oval office

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98

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Not to worry. We'll clean up that hidden mess of Bush's as well.

Real Change!

change.gov

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

NObama's Pubic-Haired head looks like my toilet seat in the AM when I'm taking my morning pee scratching my NUTS.

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98 | November 6, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Two months from now we'll be reading WH visits are down due to complaints of a foul stench coming from the oval office

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98 | November 6, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Getting boring I know but it is amazing how closely this election resembles the West Wing series.

Obama chooses "Josh Lyman" to be chief of staff. or at the least the guy that the character was loosely based on.

Now I don't think he will be asking McCain to join his team though as Santos did for Vinick.

Can we put the west wing back on tv so that I can see the future.

Posted by: iambilco | November 6, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Bend over Cons, you're screwed! LMAO!!!!

Have Rush and Hannity committed suicide yet?

Posted by: bushisacrook | November 6, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I've come to the conclusion that those who are already trying to tear down President-Elect Obama one day after the election need some therapy to deal with the fact that they don't know who there fathers are.

Perhaps it was a busy night on the street corners or back alleys for the women from who loins they were dropped from.

Another thing I have learned during this election process is this, they are the most devisive, hatefilled members of this country who want it brought to it's knees so some foriegn country can waltz in and take it over.

Go away Republicans, implode with your own homes, your own white hooded meetings, go take your geritol fixes and shut the hell up, especially that wackjob Rush Limbaugh, whose mother let the best part of him run down her leg as she was trying wipe up the discharge.

Posted by: justjunkemail | November 6, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I just noticed the hair on NObama's looks the same that I have on my balls minus the gray

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98 | November 6, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Sure glad i bought stock in firearms. Gun sales are through the roof since this spook was elected and it's certainly understandable.

Google Larry Sinclair and see NObama s u c k i n g White-mans D i c k.

Dem's president if Gay - LOL

King

Posted by: MrPotatoHead98 | November 6, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Delighted to see more of the Clinton restoration under way. I knew this would happen and dislike NoBama for lying and insisting there was a "new" way and turning the page.
He meant a Clinton admin. minus Hillary. How mean-spirited.
Wonder how all these Clintonites, many of whom were young unknowns when Clinton hired them, felt watching close to two years of NoBama trash talk about them as "politics of the old" and other phrases calling them and their ideas "old" over and over. Now he comes knocking with job offers.
Glad to have the Clinton team back with their well-deserved record of peace and prosperity. Sorry the campaign was so gracelessly hateful to them both, and to their team when it suited.
Politics of the old, and showing contempt for voters. Does he think we can't see this?

Posted by: OrlandoNan | November 6, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

To let Sarah know exactly how you feel, join here:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/thank-you-sarah-palin

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

The reasons that YOU lost are simple.
1. You gave us an ignorant president: W.
2. You offered us an ignorant Sarah Palin.
3. You lie ABOUT EVERYTHING.
4. Alberto Gonzalez
5. Donald Rumsfield
6. CRIMINAL MISMANAGEMENT OF THE WAR ON TERROR.
7. GOVERNMENT BY FEAR.
8. Trickle Down didn't trickle. "Golden Shower" was wrong commodity.
9. You lie ABOUT EVERYTHING.
10. Stupid philosophy.
11. Stupid government.
12. THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
13. YOU HAVE ONLY YOURSELVES TO BLAME.
If it were up to me you'd all be shipped off to Alaska.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | November 6, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel is another brilliant Obama choice. Emanuel's job will be to make sure that when Obama wants something done, it gets done. Presidents have had real problems with that especially when they first enter office, Clinton flailed around, Eisenhauer problems... heck, they all came in under appreciating how critical chief of staff is to getting things moving.

Emanuel pragmatic, is very intelligent, very expert and is fair, but he drives a hard bargan. I suspect it will be democrates that move too slow that will get the brunt of Emanuel's boot, as will Republicans that want to play ideological or partisan games... but then there are not that many Republicans left.

The choice of Emanuel shows that Obama is not messing around.

Posted by: plaza04433 | November 6, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

change.gov

excellent!

transparency in government!

real Change!

Obama revolution begins.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Lightning Quick!

Team Obama has already made their transition website, Change.Gov, live and open for commentary.

The Savviest Marketing Campaign of All Time?

You Decide:

http://www.firstcollegenowwhat.com/?p=426

Posted by: joemescher | November 6, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

ok. check out the far-right's new "Operation Leper"

It's a beaut!

Then check out the comments on Palin and the Republican party...

http://www.redstate.com/diaries/erick/2008/nov/05/operation-leper/

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

another $10.

Thanks again dave!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

OMG - he lied like a typical politician. He's hiring a bunch of inside the beltway political cronies. They are just going to raise taxes, destroy the economy and raise the cost of a blotted ineffective government.

Posted by: AG1231 | November 6, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey mbettine - we won't get anything done as a nation for the next four years. Marxists, looney tunes, and other left-wing dingbats will run the country until 2012. When Obama's "redistributive economics" throw millions out of work, then people will realize they've been duped and send the Obama clown car on its way.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

A great day in America for senior citizens. Since there will have to be an increase in payroll taxes to fund Social Security, Medicare, universal healthcare, those who are employed won’t have much left to spend. I won't have to pay a dime since I will be retired in a few years. I'll be living in a house that I own outright, while the rest of you pay $8 or more for gas, pay your high rent, and ever increasing payroll taxes. Also, since I will make under $150,000 a year, I’ll get a tax break under Obama. My 401k has been safe since I moved it out of equities.

Obama will have to tax us. He has no choice. 900 billion to bail out Wall Street. 700 billion in deficits. All of it is coming out of your pockets. Obama wants to tax corporations. Countries , like Ireland , are trying to lure corporations to their country. Obama wants to tax corporations 40%. Ireland taxes corporations 12%. Guess where all your jobs will go once corporations are taxed 40%? Obama wants to tax small businesses. Small businesses employ most of the workers in the USA. If small businesses are taxed more, they won’t employ as many workers or they will increase the price of goods and services. This is not rocket science. If you think 6.1% unemployment is bad, wait until you see double digit unemployment, just like the Jimmy Carter years.

Some will say I’m selfish. I worked for 30 years and I’ve earned it. If you voted for Obama knowing he will tax you to deaath, I don’t feel a bit sorry for you. To all you young, employed Obama supporters who will be working until you're at least 70 or more, I want to thank you, in advance, for paying exorbitant payroll taxes to fund my early retirement.

Posted by: Dodgers1 | November 6, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan - Since 2003 the number of H1-B visas issued exceeds he number of jobs created. Since that time, we have laid off more than 3 million U.S. engineers and computer programmers, replacing them with those Indian and Chinese H1-B guest workers. As for how hard he work is in India, so what? It's their country. This, on the other hand, is OUR COUNTRY and we owe jobs to our citizens, not tax payer subsidized indentured servants for U.S. corporations. The reality is, we do not need the H1-B visa. There are more out-of-work U.S. engineers than there are jobs. Adding more H1-B workers merely depresses wages even further and requires those having jobs to work even longer and more inhumane hours. The AVERAGE work week for an engineer in this country is 60 hours and it is growing! Salaries for computer programmers, at the same time, has fallen by more than 50% in just the past five years. It is, at present, $37,500 annually. No overtime, an average of five paid holidays, and two weeks vacation that you dare not take because your job wont be there when you get back. Oh, and when a U.S. company finishes using up an H1-B worker? The NORM is they dump them, lay the off, fire them, with no notice, no way home, nothing. They dump them like some scumbag driving down a street and shoving an unwanted cat or dog out of the trunk of their car. YOU and me, get stuck paying for them.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 6, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

another 4-pack of Young's Double Chocolate Stout ale!

Thanks Davey!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

hope....change.....hope....change...I am an Obamabot.....hope...change......

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dave,

If you devoted half of the energy you're putting into being rude on this board to fixing the economy, I'm sure you could singlehandedly solve the whole thing before January 20th.

Be civil, everyone. How else our we going to get anything done as a nation?

Posted by: mbettine | November 6, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Asst. Poet Laureate Obama Admin.
James 'Chip' Shirley.

I think I’ll be fine,
Maybe divine,
A basket of cheer and
A bucket of wine.
Far and near and
Everyone here,
Barack Obama has become President…

I think I’ll be fine,
Maybe divine,
A basket of cheer and
A bucket of wine.
Far and near and
Everyone here,
Barack Obama has become President…

I think I’ll be fine,
Maybe divine,
A basket of cheer and
A bucket of wine.
Far and near and
Everyone here,
Barack Obama has become President…

I think I’ll be fine,
Maybe divine,
A basket of cheer and
A bucket of wine.
Far and near and
Everyone here,
Barack Obama has become President…

Now rap your own rap, now, rap to it...
Now rap your own rap, now, rap to it...
Now rap your own rap, now, rap to it...
Now rap your own rap, now, rap to it...


Posted by: ChipShirley | November 6, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

$10!

you get a pass for the purely informational post.

dang!

say something stupid again, please!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Colin Powell as Secretary of Defense.

He knows the armed forces, he's trusted by them, and he knoows Iraq.

He's also a true American Hero.

I believe he was mislead about Iraq, just like the rest of us.

Bush and Cheney wanted the war.

Colin Powell believed the intelligence information he was given.

Colin Powell would be a safe, sane, choice for Secretary of Defense, the perfect choice for ending the war and bringing our troops home and that's what every reasonable American wants.

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

STOCKS CONTINUE POST-ELECTION PLUNGE...

Dow, S&P 500 Post Worst Two-Day Decline Since 1987...

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

So now Obama is trumpeting penalty-free withdrawals from 401k plans. What a great way to ensure that people become dependent on the federal government!! Here's an idea: why doesn't Obama agree to penalty-free withdrawals from government social security accounts? I like that one better. After all, it's my money anyway, right?

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

LOL.

ca-ching! $10

you're my wallet's best friend, davey!

keep going!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey wpost4112 - you are obviously proficient with the Windows copy and paste function. In the Obama administration, that will qualify you for a high-level government job with a big defined-benefit pension paid for by the taxes of Americans who actually do something productive for a living.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I think I’ll be fine,
Maybe divine,
A basket of cheer and
A bucket of wine.
Far and near and
Everyone here,
Barack Obama has become President…

I think I’ll be fine,
Maybe divine,
A basket of cheer and
A bucket of wine.
Far and near and
Everyone here,
Barack Obama has become President…

I think I’ll be fine,
Maybe divine,
A basket of cheer and
A bucket of wine.
Far and near and
Everyone here,
Barack Obama has become President…

I think I’ll be fine,
Maybe divine,
A basket of cheer and
A bucket of wine.
Far and near and
Everyone here,
Barack Obama has become President…

Posted by: ChipShirley | November 6, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

another $10.

gracias!

about 75 minutes to go...keep it up!!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

If it is true that Obama is going to pick C. Powell for education's secretary then this choice is certainly not smart, and look like the advertisement that American education is the simple pre-recruitment procedure. It is the very bad display for someone who wants to look as a uniter and peace keeper. I would not do such announcement in front of the world, if I were in Obama's shoes.

Posted by: aepelbaum | November 6, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

One of the first things the Obama thugs will have to do is smear General Petraeus. Although he is a true American hero and patriot, his name was floated around as a possible Republican candidate in the future. He has to go down. No smear is too vile. You can't "change the world" and implement "a new kind of politics" unless you first take out all the opposition, even the potential opposition. Like MoveOn.org said - is it Gen Petraeus or General Betray_us?? Get it? Get it? Isn't that witty? The news media (Obama's Ministry of Truth) did a really good hatchet job on General Tommy Franks when his name came up as a potential Republican candidate in 2003, so they have a pretty good blueprint for how to go about it.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Dear Davec701

Your comment is silly but does contain the seed of probable truth:

Your 3rd grader is probably...smarter than you.

Posted by: ronn2 | November 6, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

another $10.

dang! this is doing wonders for my bar tab!

thanks Dave!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be the Worst.President.Ever

21 Jan 2012: Obama's last day in office.

"Dissent is Patriotic."

"My 3rd grader is smarter than your president."

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

this is exactly the republican problem...quoted from redstate.com:


Y'all can guess what I think of David Frum's suggestion that the only way for the GOP to remain competitive is to "change" on "abortion" and be "less overtly religious . . . and less polarizing on social issues [translation: staying true to prolife principles]."

Let me make something clear to Frum and his D.C./NYC Rockefeller Republican wine-sipping elitist buddies: The GOP is doomed without social conservatives. We didn't lose this election because the GOP is too socially conservative. We lost it because, inter alia, we selected a wishy-washy moderate Republican to be our standard bearer.

I can count the number of times John McCain spoke about abortion in this election on one hand. It is simply ridiculous for Frum or anyone else to suggest that voters rejected McCain or our party because of abortion or other social issues.

It could be, David, that voters rejected McCain and the GOP this election cycle because we've been spending like Democrats for the past eight years. It might also be that we have failed as a party to articulate a vision for the country in the same way that President-elect Obama has done. These seem to me to be the most likely reasons, but Frum is apparently convinced that the SoCon wing of the GOP is what prevents the party from future electoral success. And I know he is not alone in thinking this.

Well, to Frum and his ilk all I can say is "have at it." I hope y'all enjoy being in the permanent minority. Because if you think for one moment that people like me will remain in the GOP if the party abandons its prolife principles, you're sadly mistaken. I will gladly take my leave, and watch Rome burn from the sidelines.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) seized on Emanuel's partisan reputation to condemn the choice.

"This is an ironic choice for a President-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil, and govern from the center," said Boehner in a statement.
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Getting a lecture on civility in poltics from John Boehner is like getting lessons on sanitation from a rat.

Posted by: davidscott1 | November 6, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

love it! another $10. thanks again...keep up the dumb posts!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey wpost4112, who are you kidding? Your friends don't have $10 to give away every time I post. Socialist losers depend on handouts from the government. You're probably salivating at the prospect of Obama giving you money that you didn't earn. Left-wing dingbats leach off the productive members of society because they don't have anything worthwhile to offer.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

another $10....this is great! Thanks Dave!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Somebody help me please!! The "community organizer" for my neighborhood is out of town and we have no one to organize us. How can we go on without our "community organizer?" My neighborhood is completely disorganized now that we don't have our "community organizer" to guide us. Are there any communities out there who have a spare "community organizer" that we could borrow?

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Wait,

So the Muslim terrorist just appointed the son of an Israeli doctor to Quarterback his White House Team?

This is gonna be GREAT!

Get ready for the next play:

The right, unable to breathe in between projectile vomiting hate, will go back to the "Everything is Clinton's fault" playbook on Mr. Emanuel.

Geez you guys, Just relax.

I'm sure President Obama will certainly promote Republicans who know how to make government work for the people...as soon as he can find one.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 6, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Did you hear the good news?
They like us...they like us!!!!
Iran congratulates Obama...
Now don't you feel better America?
Read more about this and what I call the New American Judaism at my blog...
http://scattershooting.wordpress.com

Posted by: bazznewzz | November 6, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

another $10. Thanks Dave!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Message from Obama's Ministry of Truth:

Thanks to all who helped my campaign. I would like to especially thank George Soros and Warren Buffet for crashing the stock market last month to wipe out McCain's lead in the polls and get me elected. I would like to thank the news media for quickly and thoroughly smearing Sarah Palin as soon as her nomination was announced. I was sweating that one! I would also like to thank the news media for covering up anything controversial from my past and suppressing scrutiny of all the ridiculous campaign promises that I made to everybody and everything. I would like to thank all the foreign citizens who made illegal campaign contributions through my web site. And finally, I would like to thank ACORN for delivering all the fraudulent votes that sealed my great victory. Now, we have a lot of work ahead of us: attacking AM talk radio, attacking the oil companies, attacking the pharmaceutical companies, and taking money away from anyone who has it to give to those who don't.

Thanks again!

signed - His Accidency (no military experience, no business experience, and no executive experience)

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

ca-ching!

another $10. thanks dave!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

mike,

You are a rabid anti-semite.
You are also in violation of Washington Post policy on hate speech.
Its too bad they don't have anyone working this time of night.

Blaming the Jews for Iraq is simply insane, its racist and its just as wrong as racism against Blacks or any other minority.

Jews are people too.

Please take your racist diatribes somewhere else.

Better yet, realize that you are being a racist and stop.

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

I have the perfect solution that will make everyone happy: Barack Obama for President of the European Union. The Europeans that love him so much will get to have their empty suit messiah, and America can rid ourselves of another worthless socialist lawyer politician who has never held a real job in his entire life.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Like Bill Clinton, Obama is "an unusually good liar." They both have the same obnoxious personality flaw: Their daddies left them at a young age. Consequently, both of these head cases have a need for everybody to love them, and they cannot stand the though of anyone not liking them or always agreeing with them. Obama will screw up sooner rather than later.

Posted by: davec701


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please, keep posting!

my friends and I are betting how much dumber you can get by 10 PM EST.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Zionism is a racist doctrine that posits that Jews can only live in a Jewish State.
Israel is a racist country that legally discriminates against the 25% of its non-Jewish population.
AIPAC and the organized pro-Zionist groups here like the ADL, AJC, ZOA, etc., were the biggest promoters of Bush's invasion of Iraq. It had NOTHING to do with oil and the oil companies were opposed to the war. AIPAC can get 99 Senators and 420 Representatives to support anything Israel wants. Emanuel even volunteered to work in the Israeli Army during the 1991 war so he is not a change agent, but same old,same old.

Posted by: mike_hardesty7 | November 6, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

BECK: I mean, I have to tell you if I heard once, I heard 1,000 times from people, and I never said this, never said this on the air because you just don’t say these things, but I heard a million times from people, “I’m going to vote for John McCain and, you know, I mean, he’s old. Maybe we get Sarah Palin in the first term.” You know what I mean?

ERICKSON: Exactly

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/11/06/beck-mccain-die/

This party is intellectually and morally bankrupt.

Posted by: langs13

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They have been hijacked by the evangelicals like Palin and the intellectually challenged like Beck.

The Republican party as we knew it may in fact be dead.

We need to start a new more libertarian party...nothing as ridiculous as Ron Paul...but more like the traditional Repub party.

If the evangelical/Appalachian cracker/dumb-bunny-Beck groups take over the Repubs, America will be the worse for it.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Like Bill Clinton, Obama is "an unusually good liar." They both have the same obnoxious personality flaw: Their daddies left them at a young age. Consequently, both of these head cases have a need for everybody to love them, and they cannot stand the though of anyone not liking them or always agreeing with them. Obama will screw up sooner rather than later.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

davec701: That's a good idea. We have to educate the idiots like you.

Posted by: langs13 | November 6, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

davec701: I found this for you. I'm sure you received the email.


Wed Nov 6th 2008.

The National Anonymous Conservative Hot Line has been established.

If you are in need of counseling or Xanax due to your entire conservative political philosophy being repudiated by America and watching the entire world celebrate as if a dictator has been defeated please don't hesitate to call.

1-800-YOU-LOST.

We are here for you.

Thank You

The Republican National Committee.

Posted by: langs13 | November 6, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

With a banking system meltdown, two wars in progress, rising unemployment, and skyrocketing health care costs, one of the Democrats' first priorities will be.......attacking the free speech rights of AM talk radio hosts. The Orwellian-named "Fairness Doctrine" will be among their first pathetic attempts to govern the country. "Change we can believe in" - What a crock!! It will take less than six months for independents and conservative Democrats to figure out that Obama deceived them and lied to them.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Of course if Emmanuel were a Republican the Post would call him a partisan hack. The Messiah is off to the predicted far left start, and Wall Street is reacting to his radical agenda.

Posted by: birvin9999 | November 6, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

there is some sweet irony in obama's choice of chief of staff. barack hussein obama had to face the right-wing xenophobes' attempt to turn his arabic-sounding name into a slanderous thing associated with islamic terrorists. so it is a spit in their eyes by obama when he chooses another man with an arabic-sounding name as his right-hand man. but the justifiable election euphoria aside, as www.straightrecord.com says, those celebrating now face some serious disappointments ahead. get used to them.

Posted by: rapswork | November 6, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Beck: Conservatives voted for McCain hoping he’d die in office so Palin could take over.»

Today, radical right-wing blog Red State launched “Project Leper,” an attempt to professionally punish McCain staffers whom Red State’s Erick Erickson perceives to have wronged Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). Erikson told Glenn Beck today, “Palin was the best thing that happened to” the McCain campaign. To which, Beck agreed, saying many conservatives told him they supported McCain in hopes he would die in office:

BECK: I mean, I have to tell you if I heard once, I heard 1,000 times from people, and I never said this, never said this on the air because you just don’t say these things, but I heard a million times from people, “I’m going to vote for John McCain and, you know, I mean, he’s old. Maybe we get Sarah Palin in the first term.” You know what I mean?

ERICKSON: Exactly

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/11/06/beck-mccain-die/

This party is intellectually and morally bankrupt.

Posted by: langs13 | November 6, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Zionism is the belief in the right of the state of Israel to exist.

It, and Israel had nothing to do with the war in Iraq, OIL DID.

Anti-Semites use the war in Iraq as a way to incite racial hatred against Jews and the Jewish homeland of Israel established in 1948 by the United Nations.

The anti-semites on this board blame the war in Iraq on Jews, but neither Bush or Cheney is Jewish and they were the ones that wanted war with Iraq and made it happen.

Anti-Semitism is Racism.

This has got to stop.


Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

You criticize me now, but how long will it take for Obama's flowery rhetoric and lies to wear thin with the American people? When the unemployment rate hits 10% late next year will the American people still stomach all the "hope" and "change" drivel? When the Taliban still attack American forces in Afghanistan and our troops take casualties, how will Obama explain his failure to "change the world?"

Don't worry. It will still be Bush's fault.

Posted by: langs13 | November 6, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Zionism is the belief in the right of Israel to exist.

It, and Isreal had nothing to do with the war in Iraq, OIL DID.

Anti-Semites use the war in Iraq as a way to incite racial hatred against Jews and the Jewish homeland of Israel established in 1948 by the United Nations.

The anti-semites on this board blame the war in Iraq on Jews, but neither Bush or Cheney is Jewish and they were the ones that wanted war with Iraq and made it happen.

Anti-Semitism is Racism.

This has got t5o stop.

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

You criticize me now, but how long will it take for Obama's flowery rhetoric and lies to wear thin with the American people? When the unemployment rate hits 10% late next year will the American people still stomach all the "hope" and "change" drivel? When the Taliban still attack American forces in Afghanistan and our troops take casualties, how will Obama explain his failure to "change the world?"

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

let's hug it out!


Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh, shut up and get lives.
Let the guy do something before you attack him. Boehner, of all people, should just keep his stupid mouth shut for a change.

You people have so much anger it's sick.

Posted by: hacksaw | November 6, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse


Never said he's Jewish, but a Zionist is what to watch for, seeing how Obama was, in reality, elected in digust for Bush's hated Iraqi War, which the "economic fallout" is code for.

Not really criticizing Rahm, son of an Erguner, yet; just saying what an interesting pick. Certainly not unpolemical. If Rahm performs well for Obama's American administration, for Americans' sake, then he's fine, Jewish or no.

Zionists, not Jews, propelled us into this war, and it's time for Change.

Posted by: punkumin | November 6, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama promised "a new kind of politics," but with this choice it has become clear that Obama lied. This isn't surprising. Some of us have known all along that Obama's voluminous portfolio of campaign promises was nothing but a pack of lies. The "honeymoon" period might not last until inauguration day.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: heatherczerniak and this person has it all wrong, Palestinians were in Israel before Jews. No one wanted the jews.
What the heck do Jews and Israel have to do with Emanuel being the new White House Chief of Staff? Can't criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic? You are anti-Semitic if you criticize Israel's right to defend itself! Israel belongs to Jews and Jews only. The reason the Palestinians are stuck there is because no other Arab country will take them in. Put the blame where it belongs, not on the victims! Too bad if you don't like the fact that Jews have their own homeland. You have no right to complain about anything Israel does!


Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | November 6, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Rahm "Rahmbo" Emanuel is a disgraceful choice and an insult to the the American people. With this choice, Obama has already reneged on his promise to implement "a new kind of politics." Instead, Obama has pulled a bait and switch on us. I suspect this will be the first disappointment of many.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Get 'em Rahm!!!!Excellent choice...loved Bohner's sour grape comments.

Posted by: gm467 | November 6, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I hope Rahm tells Israel not to meddle in the USA politics. Here is the latest: Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni speaks during a joint press conference with United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, not seen, at the U.S. ambassador to Israel's residence in Herzliya, Israel, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. Livni said Thursday that U.S. President-elect Barack Obama shouldn't talk to Iran just yet, warning that such dialogue could project "weakness", a first sign of disagreement with the incoming American administration.(AP We can no longer take orders from Israel. Fk her

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | November 6, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Heard from a very good source that Philadelphia's Judge Nelson Diaz is being strongly considered for Sec of HUD. He wuz President Clinton's General Counsel for HUD, knows the terrain, is brilliant and wood be a terrific choice.

Posted by: koufax | November 6, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

What the heck do Jews and Israel have to do with Emanuel being the new White House Chief of Staff? Can't criticize Israel without being anti-Semitic? You are anti-Semitic if you criticize Israel's right to defend itself! Israel belongs to Jews and Jews only. The reason the Palestinians are stuck there is because no other Arab country will take them in. Put the blame where it belongs, not on the victims! Too bad if you don't like the fact that Jews have their own homeland. You have no right to complain about anything Israel does!

Posted by: heatherczerniak | November 6, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPsV6ZhL15c"

Yeah, I saw this, but this all just looks so gossipy. The tantrums, the refusal for debate prep and so forth are believable, but for her not to know that Africa is a country, that's just too far fetched for me. It may be true, but I'm not going to believe it without some corroboration.

Maybe I'm giving her too much credit but so be it.

Posted by: DDAWD


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I understand your point. But after watching all her interviews, it is highly probable that it is not gossip, but truth. The question I would have is why even mention it as gossip?

She couldn't even answer what newspapers or magazines she reads.

She stated in an interview that she had no idea what the Vice President's job is...and later mis=represented the job by stating that he VP runs the Senate and can make policy.

She is in fact horribly un-educated.

She represents the evangelical/religious zealot politician...short on knowledge, high on ambition and chutzpah. Bush, DeLay, Feith etc.

Very dangerous. Of such are fascist organizations born.

Palin is an insult to the Constitution and the whole of American political history. IMHO.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Israel is America's strongest ally in the mid east.

Its also the size of a wendy's.

The countries that surround it are so much larger there's simply no comparison.

Hiitler tried to kill every Jewish man, woman, and child.

In Europe, he almost succeeded.

Israel was the original home of the Jewish People.

Jews still lived there.

The United Nations voted for statehood for Israel in 1948.

The Arabs immediately attacked and tried to kill everyone, literally, and Israel had to fight for its life, as it has to to this day.

Imagine what you would feel like if there were 9/11's happening all the time.

That's what living in Israel is like.

Would anyone in the US want to make peace with Bin Ladin?

Arafat was Bin Laden to Israel, only worse.

Israel has made the desert bloom.

All the want it to live in peace with their neighbors.

To this day, most Arab organizations, and most Arab countries, especially Iran, want to wipe Israel off the map.

The majority of Jews, Christians, and all Americans support Israel.

It is like a little piece of the US in the middle east, but in the right way, and it chose it itself, unlike Iraq.

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Palin not knowing Africa is a continent, here is a YouTube of Fox News on the subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWZHTJsR4Bc

Posted by: stester | November 6, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Karl Rove's grandfather helped the Nazi Party, built Birkenau Death Camp.

Rahm's dad was a former member of the Irgun terrorist group.

and........? you guessed it!!!!, both in the Chief of Staff's office, one as proposed Chief and the other as Deputy.

Posted by: punkumin | November 6, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

""Speaking of incompetence, Palin did not know if Africa was a continent or a country."

I don't believe this for one second. Not without some really hard evidence.

Posted by: DDAWD
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPsV6ZhL15c"

Yeah, I saw this, but this all just looks so gossipy. The tantrums, the refusal for debate prep and so forth are believable, but for her not to know that Africa is a country, that's just too far fetched for me. It may be true, but I'm not going to believe it without some corroboration.

Maybe I'm giving her too much credit but so be it.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 6, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree that anti-Semitism is racism and bad.

But anti-Semitism is NOT the same thing as disagreeing with the Israeli government or disliking AIPAC for spying on the US.

Most Jews - in Israel and the US - are against these policies. I have seen the polls.

It is possible to talk about Israel without being anti-Semitic.

Just as it is possible to talk about illegal immigration without bashing Latinos.

You will notice that the racist comments in here are mostly from redneck Repukes.

And no, saying redneck is not racist. They are not a race, they are just ignorant bigots.

Posted by: TomIII | November 6, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The rubes complained that Obama was a "Muslim/terrorist".

Now they complain that his first appointment, Rahm Emanuel, is a "Zionist/AIPAC agent".

The irony is lost on them.

Posted by: pali2500 | November 6, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The Repukes won't be bipartisan.

They'll keep obstructing Congress like they have done for the past 2 years.

Repukes TRIPLED the old record for blocking bills in the Senate.

The Dems didn't get the 60 seats they need to stop Repuke obstruction of Congress.

So you can count on Repukes to continue being the do-nothing party in Congress.

Posted by: TomIII | November 6, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It sadens me to see that on boards where we are celebrating a victory against racism, we have people saying racist things and propagating racial hatred against another group.

I don't know where people got the idea that anti-semitism was socially acceptable, but its not, and its also hard-core racism.

Jews died for civil rights.
Sone African-Americans may not know that Michael Schwerner and Andew Goodman were murdered by anti-African-American racists in the Mississippi civil rights workers murders made famous by the movie "mississippi Burning"

The first person the KKK Killed was Jewish, not Black.

Jews have always fought for civil rights.

Blacks and Jews were both slaves, its a central part of both our histories as a minority discriminated against by a majority and sometimes dying in the process.

Nobody would say the kinds of things to a Black person, or any other minority, that they do to and about Jews on these boards.

Its insulting and painful to experience.

Its racism. Its got to stop.

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is a socialist, so is McSame.

So are most Republicans in Congress.

They voted for the BAILOUT.

The BAILOUT is socialism. Government propping up big business.

That means you're a socialist too...COMRADE!!

Posted by: TomIII | November 6, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Bush is now known as the 2 TON anchor that pulled McCain and Palin down to defeat. Only 28% that included millionaires supported the Bush anchor. Thus it is a true victory for McCain & Palin the they were able to get more than 40% of the vote. Obama will have us out of Iraq in 16 months and Obama will dump FREE TRADE and start taxing the $BILLIONAIRES. Hurray for Obama. Now we have to get Bush convicted of genocide for murdering 2 MILLION iraqi man, women, and children.

Posted by: WHewitt671 | November 6, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Criticize McCain for being a Washington insider with 25 years, and hire one with 36 years. Now hire another non-change individual. Hire John Podesta, he is real change.

How come this fairytale is turning out to be a non-change event?

What change?

Posted by: thelaw1

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You are confusing people with policy.

McCain, as evidenced by his policies and his campaign, represented a continuation of Gingrich/Bush/Rove.

Obama represents a change from those gutter politics and divisive policies.

The change is 180 degrees.

Sit back and enjoy it -- while the Democrats pull America out the ditch into which the Republicans have driven it with their greed, incompetence, corruption and shameless pandering to America's lowest common denominator.

Posted by: pali2500 | November 6, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"It's not Republicans or conservatives (both of whom are necessary to American health), but individuals who distort the principles...the zealots...the uninformed. Goes for liberals and the Dems as well."

I find that there are many people from both parties who are like parrots. If Einstein and Bill O Reilly owned parrots and then one day you listened to the two parrots speak, you might come away with the impression that Einstein's parrot is smarter than Bill O Reilly's parrot. That's not the case. Democrats generally sound smarter than Republicans because Democratic ideas and policy are far superior to Republican ones. It doesn't mean that one set of parrots is smarter than the other. Parrots are stupid in general. I've talked to many people who I agree with superficially, but cannot get into any depth of conversation.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 6, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

So,now we know what the Marxist/Socialist
Dictator/Messiah Barack "Spread The Wealth
From Your Pocket To His," Hussein Obama
means by "Change You Can Believe In" here
as all I can figure is it means bring back
all the Clinton Incompetents like Rahm
Emanuel as White House Chief of Staff,
and all of the Queen of Congress Madame
Speaker Nutso Nancy Pelosi's Little Pets,
like Rahm Emamuel.and surely Democrat
Mayor Greasy Hair Gavin Newsom must be
in line for a huge Obama Cabinet Job as
well. Your doing a heck of a job here
Barry The Wealth Spreader Hussein Obama!
Impeach Obama and Biden on Jan 20 2009 and
Kick Loser Queen/Speaker Nancy Pelosi the
Hell out of Congress since Pelosi own their
Shadow President Fake Messiah Obama!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | November 6, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Rahm's dad was a former member of Ergun, young Israel's founding terror group. Rahm, like Vice-Pres elect Biden, John Kerry and Sen George Allen have dual American Israeli citizenships. Have to watch how this turns out.

How about some Iranian citizens in Obama's cabinet for balance?

Posted by: punkumin | November 6, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone thinks that there's even an inch of daylight between Hillary and Barack on Policy, here's an email she sent her supporters --
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We did it! In this incredible year, we have changed our politics, our country and our nation! And I could not be more proud or more grateful to you for sharing this journey with me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for everything you have done, for me, for Barack Obama, and for all our Democratic candidates, to make these successes possible.

I know that President-Elect Barack Obama will lead our country in the new direction we need. And with the great success of our House and Senate candidates, we can make our agenda a reality.

But make no mistake -- our work is not done! I will be doing everything I can in the Senate, working closely with the White House on the goals you and I set out. With President Obama and our strengthened majorities in Congress, we can get our economy back on track. We're going to make sure every man, woman, and child in America has health care. With smart, effective new policies, we will move toward energy independence and create millions of new green jobs. And we're finally going to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible close and reestablish America's relations with our allies around the world.

We cannot do it without you. We're going to need your strong support on these issues. Those who oppose us may have lost yesterday, but they are not going to give up. We have to match their passion and their effort if we truly want to build the America we believe in, and the future our children deserve.

But today, let's celebrate the amazing things we have accomplished and the history we have made. Our journey has been marked with moments of elation and moments of sadness; but now we can take the time to appreciate the difference we have made.

I'm so proud to be on this journey with you. Thank you so much for everything you did -- for me, for our nation, and for our future.

Sincerely,

Hillary

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Criticize McCain for being a Washington insider with 25 years, and hire one with 36 years. Now hire another non-change individual. Hire John Podesta, he is real change.

How come this fairytale is turning out to be a non-change event?

What change?

Posted by: thelaw1 | November 6, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

It is ridiculous to suggest that Rahm was partisan just becos he is vocal in expressing his opposition to an agenda the republicans wanted to carry out.According to that standard all democrats are partisan!Mr,Boehner,the protege of Tom Delay,calls the choice ironic.To be clear change is not democrats agreeing to the republican agenda.There are clear differences between the two parties and the republicans have been ramroding their hawkish policies with scant respect to what the other side has to say,often times scaring them into agreeing with them.That is going to change.The Obama administration will be reasonably inclusive,but I guess it takes two sides to bring to fruition bipartisan ideas.Guess who would be in the way?!

Posted by: v_gajen | November 6, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The problems facing the country are real. Although the 'free market' sounds good, insiders with a conspicuous asymmetry of information preyed on everyone (including those desiring to live in their own home, under-funded municipalities trying to deliver services, even foreign neighborhoods) to their extreme enrichment at the expense of everyone else. Instead of learning from the debacle of Enron, the players in the 'free market' asked, how can we get away with that? It is hard to 'turn the other cheek' and invite them into the solution of the problems they created for others, when their first instinct is protection of their perks instead of restitution of the wrongs they enthusiastically perpetuated.
If a bunch of bettors in a bar lost all their money on the one o'clock football game, why should those working in their yards or playing with their kids give them back the money they lost so they could bet on the 4 o'clock game?!

Posted by: mjwade | November 6, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I live in Silicon Valley.
There's no shortage of American Engineers, many with advanced degrees from top schools, that can't get hired because companies can get imported H1-B engineers cheaper, and they can make them virtual slaves, because they can be deported if they get fired.

Age discrimination is rampant out here and its the worst-kept secret in history.

If we don't take care of the US citizen Engineers we have, why should any kid go into Engineering.

To get a Ph.D in EE or CS you have to go to grad school for 4-5 years, or more after you finish your BS degree.

Most studies say you never make back the money you lost.

We pay our Engineers crap wages compared to Doctors and Lawyers, but we have to go to school longer than they do and we have our own informal internship process where we teach new Engineering graduates real Engineering.

The bottom line is that what we pay highly skilled technical people is much much less than they can get in other fields.

Until we fix that, and stop importing foreign engineers to force wages down (I'm not talkng about foreign born graduates of US universities, they're fine...)
we're going to be in real danger of losing our edge in Science and Technology and the financial power that gives the USA.

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if legions of reporters are on their way to Chicago right now to dig up dirt on this obviously unqualified choice.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

"Speaking of incompetence, Palin did not know if Africa was a continent or a country."

I don't believe this for one second. Not without some really hard evidence.

Posted by: DDAWD
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPsV6ZhL15c

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27:

It's my understanding that the H1-B visas were for highly-skilled (mostly in technology) workers that we seem to have in short supply here in the US.

The solution, it seems to me, is not to eliminate the visa program, which has been good for US companies, but to improve the level of education here in the US.

I know a fellow who graduated from IIT (the Indian Institute of Technology) who told me that the work was so hard, when he came to the US to get his doctorate from Yale, it was like a vacation compared to how hard he had to study in India.

Posted by: Bondosan | November 6, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The current Republican party is Cancerous, not conservative.

No true conservative should support it.

People who oppose the policies of the current Republican party are the true patriots, because we're true to the founding principles of this country.

Liberals are strong Patriots.

Republicans should brush up on their US history, the declaration of indepencece, and the constitution.

Its too bad they didn't support those things by joining Democrats and together impeaching Bush and Cheney.

Bush and Cheney aren't conservatives, they're crooks, and theft is the only thing they're competent at.

I can respect true conservatives, even though I usually disagree with them, strongly.

I have no respect for anyone who would try to support Bush/Cheney after what they have done to America.

Congress should spend between now and Jan 20th impeaching them.

That's not going to happen, but it should.

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Bigotry cuts both ways here. So many of you are bigoted against conservatives and Republicans because you have a sterotypical view of who and what they are. There is nothing intellectual or morally superior to the argument that says "Republicans are idiots". It is lazy thinking and devoid of any intellectual thought to utter such mindless drivel.

Ours is a two party system. We need the best ideas from as many perspectives as possible. If any one group had all the right answers, do you think there would be no problems left in the world to solve?

Our world history is replete with one party systems. They are repressive, paranoid and intolerant of opposition. Is that what you are wishing to see here?

Posted by: thuff7

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Agreed.

It's not Republicans or conservatives (both of whom are necessary to American health), but individuals who distort the principles...the zealots...the uninformed. Goes for liberals and the Dems as well.

I hope the Repubs do restore themselves as the party of Abraham Lincoln. But do they have the courage to eschew the far=right religious agenda which violates their own principle of keeping government out of our private lives.

They will never recover until they do.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Speaking of incompetence, Palin did not know if Africa was a continent or a country."

I don't believe this for one second. Not without some really hard evidence.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 6, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

wasnt emanuels dad part of a zionist gang that killed innocent palastinians and removed them from their homes in the 30/40,s.

Posted by: gilliam | November 6, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

thuff7 - It's too early to dsay, but we were PROMISED an end to outsourcing by te use of punitive taxes and all of us hi-tech types were PROMISED that the H1-b and L-1 visas would end. If Obama doesn't deliver on those promises and very early on, then there will be hell to pay. The Washington crowd has no idea of the degree of anger and militancy of voters reading the news where India and China whine about only having 9% growth, where some other U.S. company is laying off 40,000 workers and moving their jobs off to India or China, or where IBM or Bill Gates wants even more H1-B visas. We wont stand for any of that any more and will make life and governing impossible any politician that deludeds themselves into thinking they can get away with it. We made Obama, worked for him night and day, and we can rapidly unmake him, or make his Administration an even bigger failure than Bush's. Obama, keep your promise. End outsourcing by the use of taxes and tariff's and end the H1-B and L-1 visas NOW!

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 6, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

'Anyone who still supports the Republican party is either an idiot or a bigot.'
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Bigotry cuts both ways here. So many of you are bigoted against conservatives and Republicans because you have a sterotypical view of who and what they are. There is nothing intellectual or morally superior to the argument that says "Republicans are idiots". It is lazy thinking and devoid of any intellectual thought to utter such mindless drivel.

Ours is a two party system. We need the best ideas from as many perspectives as possible. If any one group had all the right answers, do you think there would be no problems left in the world to solve?

Our world history is replete with one party systems. They are repressive, paranoid and intolerant of opposition. Is that what you are wishing to see here?

Posted by: thuff7 | November 6, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama is already pushing the country down the wrong track with his selection of this unqualified partisan hack as his chief of staff. Obama has already failed his first test of leadership. Obama is going to be the Worst.President.Ever.

Posted by: davec701

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LOL.

Such bitter drama queens!

"EVER."

LOL. Silliness.

Onward USA!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Another Israel lover. Yikes when will we ever cast off the shackles of Zionism?

Posted by: torro67 | November 6, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Bait and Switch!! Obama promised to "bring the country together" and usher in a "new kind of politics," yet he has chosen a chief of staff who is an obnoxious partisan hack. It won't take long for independents and Blue Dog Democrats to figure that they have been duped."

No politician has come to my house and given a blow job to my dog. Obama won't either. I guess he's not a new type of politician after all.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 6, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

"O" is coming to get your dough!!

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The few remaining Republican dead-enders that post here seen to have "Dan Quayle syndrome.

Its a progressive neurological disease that leaves its victims with the ability to speak but not think.

Thus, for everyone they come in contact with they create exterme nausea and a desire to leave the area to get away from the stench of their putrid way of looking at the world.

They are nasty, brutish, and short.

To Hobbss with them!

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

"So much for change when he's starting right off with Clinton has beens."


Hey, putz, we'd love to go back to things the way the were under Clinton. Only now we have a friendly House and Senate. That's REAL change!. Eat your heart out.

Posted by: VMR1 | November 6, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama is already pushing the country down the wrong track with his selection of this unqualified partisan hack as his chief of staff. Obama has already failed his first test of leadership. Obama is going to be the Worst.President.Ever.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

'Anyone who still supports the Republican party is either an idiot or a bigot.'
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And Palin was both.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | November 6, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Obama twice. Once against Clinton and once for change. Please tell me both votes weren't wasted if all the new administration is made up of ex-Clinton war room goons, and we end up going back to the 90's. How about new faces with fresh ideas not tied to the past?

Posted by: thuff7 | November 6, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

"I think that is a pretty good prediction for the entire country under Lib reign of terror. Of course it won't take 4 years to suck the life out of our prosperity. It seems the market knows a loser when they see one.

biggest post election decline ever. still falling. anyone out there think that business likes taxes?"

Of course when the economy DOES improve, its because it took Bush's policies 12 years to reach fruition, right?

Posted by: DDAWD | November 6, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are real idiots. I would think that if you REALLY love this country as much as you profess, you would want Pres Elect Obama to succeed in rebuilding this mess Bush created (not that it was all gravy before hand). Remember, change starts within, so grab a mirror my friend!

Posted by: mykaladrian | November 6, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Bait and Switch!! Obama promised to "bring the country together" and usher in a "new kind of politics," yet he has chosen a chief of staff who is an obnoxious partisan hack. It won't take long for independents and Blue Dog Democrats to figure that they have been duped.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse


davec701 said:
"In a socialist economy only suckers spend their time being economically productive."
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If you're being paid by the GOP or the right-wing media, I can understand why you're posting this nonsense. But if you sincerely believe in this garbage, I need to illuminate this for you - you're an incredible moron who doesn't know what the hell he's talking about.

Posted by: VMR1 | November 6, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

We all of a debt of gratitude to the Washington Post for "discovering" Obama.

Mark my words, the guy is good and will be a great President.

The kinds of BS that Republican dead-enders post here makes them the best agrument to never let Republicans near the leavers of power again.

Anyone who still supports the Republican party is either an idiot or a bigot.

The Republican party isn't conservative its Cancerous.

It needs to be completely torn down and re-built.

No real conservative worth their salt would be caught dead supporting them.

The biggest internal danger we face as a country is Republicans who care more about money, power and the Republcan party than they do about America.

I hope and pray that Obama puts the people and proceedures in place to prevent the Republicans from thwarting the will of the American people.

My grestest fear is that the Republicans will stop at nothing to turn President Obama from JFK into Jimmy Carter.

We can't allow that to happen.
If you have a Republican rep or senator, make sure they know that as a citizen you won't' stand for it.

Posted by: svreader | November 6, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse


BUSH TO MEET WITH OBAMA AND DISCUSS WARS AND ECONOMY

bush; congratulations obama!

obama; thank you mister president.

bush; so, what are you going to do first?

obama; i think i'll try to fix the economy.

bush; why?

obama; because it's a mess.

bush; of course it is. i did that.

obama; intentionally?

bush; hell yes!

obama; why on earth would you do that?

bush; because i could... i'm george bush.

obama; well... i'm going to fix it.

bush; suit yourself...

obama; and then i'll try to end the war in iraq.

bush; why?

obama; because it's morally wrong, and a financial drain on this country.. but most importantly, people are dying.

bush; so?

obama; so?!?!?

bush; so?

obama; i'm going to end it.

bush; suit yourself...

obama; and then i will try and address global environmental issues...

bush; why?

obama; because it's the moral and politically correct thing to do.

bush; why?

obama; why?!? becasue we need to save the future for our children.

bush; why?

obama; don't you care about the planet?

bush; no.

obama; don't you care about the economy?

bush; no.

obama; don't you care about human lives?

bush; well.. mine. and laura's.. and well, the twins too.. and a few others..

obama; and that's it?

bush; pretty much.

obama; what about the impending extinction of species? whales.. polar bears..

bush; we don't have polar bears in texas.

obama; that's not the point. once they're gone, they're gone.

bush; like i said, we don't have polar bears in texas, now.

obama; i heard you. so, basically... you really don't care about anything, right?

bush; you could say that.

obama; and you were in office 8 years...

bush; yup.

obama; amazing.

bush; it certainly is. now if you will excuse me, i am going to go chase barney the dog around the white house. that is how i spend my time...

obama; i see. well, have fun...

bush; i will.. hey barney! wooof! wooof! wooof!


Posted by: DriveByPoster | November 6, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

?? So republicans are now upset that Obama, a democrat, has picked a strong democrat for his chief of staff? Please, get off it. The President elect can choose whoever he wants for his internal staff, and no one should say boo about it. Same with Bush. And with Clinton. And the other Bush. His cabinet picks will be different, since they have to be approved by Congress. But please let the man pick his internal staff without criticism.

Posted by: garrett66 | November 6, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The gentleman from Ohio is probably jealous because Mr. Emmanuel just multiplied by 1000 the political power that the Minority leader himself will ever wield.

Posted by: rogden71 | November 6, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The stock market is cratering because businesses know that Obama is going to try to implement his "legal framework for redistributive economics." Can you blame them for getting out of Dodge? Why work hard to run a business? Why not just get in line for government "redistribution" handouts? In a socialist economy only suckers spend their time being economically productive. I wonder how Obama will, a year from now, explain the 10% unemployment rate that his policies will produce? I bet he doubles down on his socialist rhetoric and blames "greedy corporations" for fleeing his worker's paradise.

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Obama, but I think all the naysayers are right about the impending doom. Look what I just discovered that clearly indicates the the President-Elect will hasten Armageddon:

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
DEWEY COUNTY SHERIFF
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ABERDEEN SD
250 PM CST THU NOV 6 2008

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE DEWEY COUNTY SHERIFF.

THE DEWEY COUNTY SHERIFF HAS ISSUED A NO TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR DEWEY COUNTY DUE TO LOW VISIBILITY IN HEAVY SNOW WITH BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW.

What a duped fool I am!! Guess I'll be on the fast track to the underworld.

Posted by: gratefolks | November 6, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives sure do like to whine, cry and point fingers but mostly they spent the last 8 years sending our military to die in an unjust war and picking our pockets. No they don't raise taxes but thier rich friends raise prices on everything else while they get tax cuts and the Republican base is so STOOOPID that they continue to fall for the GOP rhetoric. It was during the GOP reign of terror that we were attacked by terrorists, the ringleader a member of the Saudi elite seen holding hands with our CURRENT commander in chief on more than one occasion. The economic woes of the here and now are the result of the Republicans failed policies though y'all like to continue to try to blame the democrats for it. The ones that were in total power for 6 of the last 8 years are the ones to blame and that's the reason we didn't vote these greedy selfish idiots back into office. Obama was elected during the worst economic crisis since the great election and who is president, Bush and don't forget it. I wish the Conservatives and the Republicans would work together with the rest of America instead of acting as though they are what defines this country, obviously not since Obama won both popular and electoral college votes no question and hands down so get over it you GOP morons. Why don't you all move to Alaska and take your guns and anti-American rhetoric with you. By the way, the stock market tanked long before the election, todays drop is a continuation of that and not Obama's fault for God's sake. You are the most vile and nasty people, take your NRA put it in your mouth and blow out what little of your brains are left.

Posted by: DaveBronx | November 6, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I think this is great, but I want to see Brooksley Born as Treasury Secretary.

A voice of reason we can trust in one of the most important positions. Lawrence Summers does nothing for me.

Posted by: jwallace1 | November 6, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of incompetence, Palin did not know if Africa was a continent or a country.

She went on a spending spree beyond the reported 150,000.

As the McCain camp said: [They were] "Wasilla Hillbillies Looting Neiman Marcus From Coast To Coast!"

Politically, she is toast.

Thank your lucky stars they weren't elected!
And she is supposed to be the Republican star?

Please, may it be so...Dems for at least 40 years.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Bait and Switch!! So much for the "new kind of politics" that Obama promised. Didn't you lefties roundly criticize President Bush for bringing in people from previous administrations? As the glow quickly fades from the Obama messiah complex, we will come to see what he really is - A proponent of tired, worn-out leftist ideas that have been proven not to work. Didn't Obama say something about offering John McCain a position in his cabinet, or was that just another big lie that Obama told in order to get elected?

Posted by: davec701 | November 6, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

JungleJim123 - Please stop drinking Sarah Palin's koolaid!

Posted by: FFXMom | November 6, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Emanuels father was an Israeli terrorist!
Does Obama have ANY friends that are NOT connected to terrorism ??

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123
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How many times did the doctor drop you on your head at birth?

Posted by: LABC | November 6, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

JPVanderbuilt, don't you have a compound to build and fill with hate-filled youth from your 10 wives, or at least another bottle of bourbon to pour down your throat as you contemplate President Barack Hussein Obama? Your blathering means nothing now - we won, you and the hitler youth passing for humans lost. Shoo fly...

Posted by: LABC | November 6, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So much for change when he's starting right off with Clinton has beens. The stock market doesn't seem to be impressed with Barry. A year from now when all of his pie in the sky promises don't come true, and the natives become restless what's he gonna do? I know blame Bush.

Posted by: theBozyn | November 6, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Emanuels father was an Israeli terrorist!
Does Obama have ANY friends that are NOT connected to terrorism ??

Posted by: JUNGLEJIM123 | November 6, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

JPV apparently scores poorly in both obsessive behavior and reading comprehension.
"And the story begins, 'With the presidential election out of the way, U.S. stocks took a dive yesterday as investors' focus returned to the economic turmoil.' Notice the implied non-causal relationship to Obama's victory."
No. Because not only is no implication made, it says the opposite. The election was a temporary diversion from the economic trouble we're in. With it finished, investors have refocused on the mess that preceded it and continues afterward. That's what it says.
If you're going to obsessively post something multiple times, at least get the content right.

Posted by: keller1 | November 6, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Attention Republicans:

It won't be until 2028 that you'll have the remotest chance of returning to a majority in either the House or Senate.

It probably won't be until 2020 that you'll have a serious shot at the presidency either.

Get used to it.

Posted by: Bondosan | November 6, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

note to self.... this is what happens when you allow Likud members to also hold American political positions. Iran.... I'm so sorry. Gary Sick for Sec of State....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 6, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

JPV, how many times are you going to post the same stupid note? It was the losers repubes that caused the meltdown and that is why you now belong to the losers party.

Posted by: BFranco | November 6, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama should have tapped Todd Palin to fill in as Chief of Staff until Scooter Libby is paroled.

Posted by: del3 | November 6, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse


Stunning!!!! -- the U.S. stock market is in day 2 of the largest post-election plummet in American history, and of course, the Washington Post has this information in the Business section only. Apparently economic & business news no longer belong on the front page.

And the story begins, "With the presidential election out of the way, U.S. stocks took a dive yesterday as investors' focus returned to the economic turmoil." Notice the implied non-causal relationship to Obama's victory.


Posted by: JPVanderbilt | November 6, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

We got the change we needed,make the repubes irrelevant, now is time for some good left policies and choices. Emanuel is an outstanding choice for the chief of staff position, his reputation for running a tight ship is preceding him from the House.

Posted by: BFranco | November 6, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse


ONLY 1535 days until we can swear in Obama's replacement as the 45th President of the United States of America. Let the count down begin!

Soon to be seen on bumper stickers everywhere...

"DON'T BLAME ME, I DIDN'T VOTE FOR OBAMA"

Posted by: JPVanderbilt | November 6, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What happened to no washington insiders? What happened to change? This looks like the same ole same ole.."Meet the new boss same as the old boss"

Posted by: whiteja55801 | November 6, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Boehner sounds scared stiff. Good choice, President-Elect Obama!

Posted by: WilliamJ1 | November 6, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Is there any chance that Boehner will ever spend at least ten seconds without spouting some flamingly partisan idiocy?

Posted by: i_go_pogo | November 6, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Folks - don't believe this landslide BS. 48% of Americans voted against Obama. Our elected leaders are responsible to individual voters, not electoral votes. So just ignore the landslide talk. It's part of Hugo Obama's and Rahmbo's deception.

Posted by: hz9604 | November 6, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The losers repubes are whining about President Barack Hussein Obama not governing from the center. And why should he? After 8 years of far right the time is right for some good governing from the left, forget this center bull crap!

Posted by: BFranco | November 6, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse


Stunning!!!! -- the U.S. stock market is in day 2 of the largest post-election plummet in American history, and of course, the Washington Post has this information in the Business section only. Apparently economic & business news no longer belong on the front page.

And the story begins, "With the presidential election out of the way, U.S. stocks took a dive yesterday as investors' focus returned to the economic turmoil." Notice the implied non-causal relationship to Obama's victory.

Posted by: JPVanderbilt | November 6, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Payroll company Automatic Data Processing Inc. estimates U.S. employers cut 157,000 jobs in October, the largest decrease in private sector employment in six years.

The ADP report comes two days before the Labor Department releases its October jobs report, which is expected to show a similar decline.

The bulk of the cuts came at medium and large-sized businesses, but ADP estimates small employers — ones with 50 or fewer employees — cut 25,000 jobs last month, the first decline in small business employment reported by ADP since November 2002.

The housing slowdown and economic downturn continue to hit the construction industry hard.

Construction employment dropped by 45,000 jobs in October, the 23rd consecutive monthly decline. ADP says the total decline in construction jobs since the peak in August 2006 is now 455,000.

I guess that's President-Elect Obama's fault, too, right?

Posted by: TarHeelDem | November 6, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

If the GOP is unhappy with Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff, then Obama has made the correct choice.

I'd like to see them quite unhappy for, oh, eight years.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | November 6, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, we can only hope that a Clinton White House will emerge behind the new "front-man".
Seems like the president-elect has been pretty good about accepting "suggestions" so far. Let's hope he leaves the heavy-lifting to those intellectually strong enough to do it!

Posted by: kondrek | November 6, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

An excellent choice. Emanuel has proven leadership ability and will make an excellent Chief of Staff. One more example of the Management and Leadership Obama is bringing to the Beltway... and the good old boys in the beltway are scared of him.

Posted by: Bubba2008 | November 6, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey king_of_zouk,

Who's been at the helm of the this country during the last seven years? It hasn't been Obama, and it certainly hasn't been Rahm Emanuel. It's amazing how you conveniently ignore the colossal failures of the Bush Administration when when judging Obama before he's been sworn in. And I'm sure you're not going to discuss ADP's shocking jobs report, which stated that U.S. employers cut 157,000 jobs in October, the largest decrease in private sector employment in six years. Broken promises, stock market and economic decline? No doubt you must really be referring to President Bush, instead of President Carter...

Posted by: TarHeelDem | November 6, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

you neocons, wingnuts, good for nothing LOSERS! Go dig a hole and hide your heads in it, you have been SOUNDLY DEFEATED and now you are completely powerless. Am I clear or you deluded losers need more?

Posted by: BFranco | November 6, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

WOW! So some "Change You Can Believe In"
by Queen of Congress Madame Speaker Nutso
Nancy Pelosi the real brains of the out of
touch with reality New Marxist/Socialist
Liberal Democrat White House Operation
and Messiah "Spread the Wealth" Barack
Hussein Obama and his stooge VP Big Mouth
Arrogant Sneering Old Fool Joe Biden with
Chicago Thug and Pelosi other fair hair
boy Rahm Emanuel as White House Chief of
Staff and Fake Viet Nam Hero Windsurfer
John Kerry as Obama's Sec of State,and
Disgraced and Discredited Sec of State and
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Colin the
political opportunist as Sec of Education,
and next I bet we will learn Obama has
given a Presidntial Pardon to his Chicago
Slumlord Pal Convicted Felon Tony Rezko and
made Rezko the Sec of Housing and Urban
Development,Corrupt LA Congressman William
"Cold Cash" Jefferson Sec of the Treasury,
San Franciso Mayor Greasy Hair Gavin Newsom another Nancy Pelosi house pet,and
Arizona Do Nothing Democrat Gov Janet "Nappy" Napolitano Sec of Homeland
Security and Hillary Clinton as US Attorney
General and Former President Bill Clinton
Ambassador to the UN etc and on and on down
the line of Democrat Socialist Democrat
Liberal Losers as well. Your doing a heck
of a job here Barack "Spread The Wealth"
Hussein Obama! Yep this is the "Change You
Can Believe In" at work here and now! So
Time to Impeach Obama,Biden and Pelosi and
send them off to jail instead of the Oval
Office. NOBAMA/NOBIDEN/NOPELOSI!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | November 6, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Your chief of staff is normally your enforcer, not your VP.

Good choice by President Obama.

When can the Socialist Republicans be gone by?

I'll help them pack!

Posted by: WillSeattle | November 6, 2008 3:15 PM

Such a good post... Obama picked the right man for the job.

Posted by: gracefulboomer1 | November 6, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

redd1 opines:

Change means new people, certainly.

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No. Change means the RIGHT people, be they old or new.

THAT is the change from the incompetence of the past 8 years.

And Emmanuel is the RIGHT person for the job. That's why the hue and cry from the right.

Just wait til we get to the Supreme Court...Zouk and the other far right zealots will explode into a zillion pieces!

Onward!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

The appointment of Rep. Emanuel suggests that Presidnet-elect Obama wants someone who is both experienced and can apply the political muscle to get things done. This may provide Obama with the advantage of distancing himself from having to personally apply the occasional elbow and knee to get one's way--especially when the application of muscle creates too much of a political storm.
We will also have to see if Emanuel is used to apply the poltical muscle appropriately versus as a blunt instrument.
And we will have to wait and see whether it is applied to members of the Democratic majority when necessary as well as to Republican opponents.

Posted by: BartonKeyes | November 6, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Smart choice.

Surrounding himself with the old Clinton gang should put him in good experienced hands when, like Clinton, he loses congress in the mid-term and then gets impeached.
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Posted by: gitarre | November 6, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Not to change the subject, but has anyone noticed there's starting to be a lot hot looking guys heading to the White House?

Posted by: sevenstones1000 | November 6, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner condemns the choice of Rahm Emmanuel? What part, exactly, of the memo from the citizens of the United States to the GOP is it that Mr Boehner hasn't read.

If the president elect believes he needs an "enforcer" so be it.

So let's move on, shall we? I'm sure there will be plenty to criticize, and probably sooner rather than later, but perhaps, just perhaps, had the FORMERLY Grand Old Party focused on actualities, instead of its imaginary grudges and hates (which have now come true, but in reverse, and which proves, oddly, that you really should be careful what you wish for, because it might get twisted and delivered right back at you) it might not be in the position they find themselves in today: reduced to third party status.

Posted by: Va_Lady2008 | November 6, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

**Never fear loony Libs.**
We aren't the ones with a history of becoming hysterical with terror and invading the wrong foreign country.

** I promise to treat ZerObama with the same respect, dignity and latitude that was offered President Bush.**
Just keep reminding everybody that Bush is the cream of the Republican crop, that will be enough for me.

Posted by: dijetlo | November 6, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see change we can believe in. I now think Barak Obama's campaign slogan contains less truth than an ordinary television consumer products ad. Change means new people, certainly. We all saw this surface in Obama's choice of a running mate, and now he's bringing back people from a previous administration, one fraught with turmoil, intrigue and corruption.

This isn't change anyone can believe in, and it's a shame. I see the president-elect's cowardice showing. This man is not his own man. Haven't we had enough already?

Posted by: redd1 | November 6, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss :

--"You need to re-educate yourself on Socialism. A Socialist Republican??? Thats basically a Liberal that calls themselves a Republican."--

First of all, we prefer the term hater-of-America or America-hater, liberal is just so bellbottom jeans and tie-die.

"Get an education."

It is the Republican administration that's spending over 700 BILLION dollars to buy portions of private businesses. That's called nationalizing - although the term can also apply to simply sending in the thugs and stealing the business - and is a hallmark of socialism. Personally I think sending in the thugs and just stealing the business would be cheaper, but the big spending Republican's seem to disagree.

Example: The only place making mortage loans is now the federal government (via Fanny and Freddie). That's more socialist that any Democrat could ever imagine.

Some people said that the myth of small-government Republican died when the Republican's raised the national debt limit twice, but I think it held out until they did it the fourth time.

Posted by: DonJasper | November 6, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"What is it exactly a [Chief of Staff] does?"

Posted by: boesc | November 6, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel is an unstable, leftist nut job. I predict that this move will be the catalyst for violent demonstrations in the streets of Washington. The wisdom says that you can push conservatives and they will not rebel or get violent. I think Hugo Obama and Rahmbo Emanuel are going to find this conventional wisdom to be false. Venezuela comes to DC on January 20, 2009.

Emanuel once sent a dead fish to a pollster he did not agree with. He once took a knife and drove it into a table saying the person being discussed at a gathering would be "killed".

Rest assured Emanuel-- no one fears you.

Posted by: hz9604 | November 6, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

As long as they keep ranting about Obama, he be doing jus fine.

Change is already underway!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The notion that President-Elect Obama's victory presages a new liberal era is pure nonsense and confirms what we already knew-that Democrats are stuck in the sixties.
As someone in the Clinton camp-probably Dick Morris- once said "It's the economy stupid". Obama's election as president resulted from an anti-Bush desire for change, a disgust with current economic conditions, and a genuine public perception that Obama is well suited for the position and the time.
The Pelosi/Reid led Congress did not perform anywhere near as well as Obama and in fact didn't meet expectations.
This country is conservative. Even as California and Colorado were voting FOR Obama, they were voting AGAINST same-sex marriage(California) and AGAINST affirmitive action( Colorado).
As many wise people have said, people tend to be a liberal when they're young but become a conservative when they grow up.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | November 6, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

For those that weren't exposed to it: Obama dealt with his campaign staff with a firm hand. On one particular conference call he related to his staff that if he hears about high-fiving or anything like the before the election he's going to come down on them. He expected this staff to show humility and respect.

So it seems he intends to continue that with his government staff. No free lancing or boasting or whatever - lest you get a call from Mr. Emanuel.

Obama's kept Biden on a pretty short leach during the campaign. Now that it's over Biden might start his long winded winding ways, or not.

Posted by: DonJasper | November 6, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Willseatle -

You need to re-educate yourself on Socialism. A Socialist Republican??? Thats basically a Liberal that calls themselves a Republican.

The Farther Left - Liberal you go, the more Socialist, and Communist you get. Its not a bash, its a fact. Just look up the Definiitions.

Get an education.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | November 6, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

*****Apparently some on here feel that the hen house can only be appropriately tended by the fox******....uh huh, well that's OK 'cause he and his crew of corrupt, trough-feeders will be leaving the white house come January...

Posted by: Jerryvov | November 6, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The problem is that, in both parties, there is the perception that there are only about 1000 people in the US who can run our government. Guess what? The results are dismal.

Posted by: rusty3 | November 6, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Zouk: If you stay off the drugs maybe you can pay your mortgage and electric bills.

Posted by: Classic60 | November 6, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The New Obama Slogan is....


WHERES THE CHANGE?

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | November 6, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow, people are negative. Obama isn't even in the White House yet, and the condemnation already has started. Let's wait and see.

I trust Obama's selection. I think he puts a lot of thought into who he wants working with him and I believe he choses people based on their knowledge and expertise.

Obama is not going to surround himself in adoring but ignorant yes-men like Bush did.

Moreover, although I wish Obama would take a different stand on Israel, he made it clear during his campaign where he stands, so chosing Emanuel isn't a surprise.

Posted by: francinelast | November 6, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Your chief of staff is normally your enforcer, not your VP.

Good choice by President Obama.

When can the Socialist Republicans be gone by?

I'll help them pack!

Posted by: WillSeattle | November 6, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Most of the posts here seem to be the aftermath, and bitterness, of the election itself.

What is better is to get over it - the Obama presidency will begin January. Now is not the time to vent steam or gloat. Let's just hope that Obama does the right thing each time. The present is mere speculation.

In the future is the time to argue or assess the presidency. He has run, but now cannot hide. There will be no "present", his birth certificate, medical history, ideology, and relevance of past associations open to scrutiny. He will be assessed on his performance, rather than his promise.

It is the mainstream media (including this paper) who should be held accountable now. They have achieved the notoriety in their dereliction of the duty and freedom allowed them under the Constitution. If events prove the presidency is a disaster, it initially should be the media who should be roasted.

Posted by: jimbob5 | November 6, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope that the appointment of Emanuel doesn't mean what it appears to mean-aggressive partisanship.
President-Elect Obama has conistently stressed his desire for bi-partisanship but Emeanuel is the Democrat equivelant of Tom DeLay, otherwise known as "the hammer".
When Reagan began his first term, he selected as his chief of staff someone who had opposed him during the campaign-James Baker. Reagan picked Baker because he was the superior choice.
Some presidents, like George Bush Jr. pick staff and cabinet members who they are comfortable with having around. Reagan, a man who was very self-assured man picked the very best talent available as did Bill Clinton.
This country doesn't need Pelosi-style partisanship and Obama won't be a successful president with a room full of people telling him what he wants to hear.

Posted by: BruceMcDougall | November 6, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

obama's administration looks alike like clinton's administration, all white, the good old boys network is back...
what this means is no giveaways, no mortgage payments headed your way soon...
rahm is a jew, so anything against Israel is out too...
boy they are just killing your fun, aren't they...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 6, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"Bush failed because he was not intelligent and he surrounded himself with people who served themselves and not America. Atleast with Obama we know he is intelligent and that is the most important qualification. Oh Happy Day!"

Posted by: jillcohen | November 6, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse "

Oh yeah. Rahm Emanuel. Mr. Let's All
Come Through The Door.

Oh Sad Day.

Posted by: mftill | November 6, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I think you are blaming the wrong person. The one to blame (and his address) for your heating, mortgage and stock value is living at:

1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500

Here is his Phone number also(202) 456-1111

BTW I pulled out of the stock market before McCain said the economy was fundamentally sound. Obviously you were listening to the wrong candidate.

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My mortgage bill and heating bill are due soon. Can someone forward me the address to send them so that Barack can pay them for me?

I would pay them myself but since THe ONE took the lead in the polls my net wrth has been cut in half.

If just the threat of him ruling us leads to this decline, imagine what will transpire once he actually starts down his high tax path to ruin?

On the bright side, he has agreed to meet with some economic advisors on Friday. this will be the first substance filled meeting of his career.

Posted by: king_of_zouk

Posted by: rcc_2000 | November 6, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Yes We CAN! Be partisan mothafukers while pretending we're not! Emanuel the Healer. NOT! One cut-throat, same-old, same-old fella. New my ass.

Posted by: mftill | November 6, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

My fellow Democrats can cheer on Emanuel all they want, but I loathe him. He has always been a cheerleader for outsourcing and has even advocated increasing the number of H1-B workers! Emanuel is one of the top 10 recipients of contributions from the outsourcing cheerleaders and has even accepted hundrds of thousands of dollars from H1-B body shops, a lot of that money illegally laundered from India. I think he is an awful choice.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | November 6, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

It is clear that change is coming. But legacies are built on change that is measured by time. If Obama wants a real legacy he will keep an eye on the future. ..........


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/06/obama-and-sustainable-solutions/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 6, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing.....of all the comments posted regarding Rahm, not one mentioned that he was the "Josh Lyman" character on the WEST WING. Now, if we could only find Toby......

Posted by: gjlebow | November 6, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Please zouk, take a little time off from trying to sell your endless, diarhea-like prognostications. (I'm afraid you'll get dehydrated.) No one is buying your rancid, un-inspired right wing talking points, we've moved on. Your observations betray a willful disdain for critical thinking, and an embarrasing devotion to a roundly discredited "ideology".

By the way, 364 to 162 in the electoral college, 52% to 46% popular vote, so no, half the country doesn't share your views, and yes, Obama wins bigger than your boy G.W. ever did, must suck being you!

Posted by: fnlorrain | November 6, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

BHO's message of hope is spreading throughout the world. America is back!

This from William Kole today in HuffPo (great stuff):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/05/ap-suddenlyly-it-may-be-c_n_141631.html

"VIENNA, Austria — She was a stranger, and she kissed me. Just for being an American.

It happened on the bus on my way to work Wednesday morning, a few hours after compatriots clamoring for change swept Barack Obama to his historic victory. I was on the phone, and the 20-something Austrian woman seated in front of me overheard me speaking English.

Without a word, she turned, pecked me on the cheek and stepped off at the next stop.

Nothing was said, but the message was clear: Today, we are all Americans."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 6, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Excellent choice.

As for change, Obama needs savvy public servants like Emanuel, not starry eyed novices like Goodling, sycophantic outsiders like Gonzales, or guys who've never served in government like Rove.

Posted by: jhbyer | November 6, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Chris, any ideas who will be appointed to Emmanuel's spot?


Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

CAN WE PLEASE STOP TALKING IN ALL CAPS? THANK YOU...

Posted by: pdck | November 6, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Bush failed because he was not intelligent and he surrounded himself with people who served themselves and not America. Atleast with Obama we know he is intelligent and that is the most important qualification. Oh Happy Day!

Posted by: jillcohen | November 6, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The Obama effect has taken hold on Wall Street. A vote of no confidence on the president elect and the dems leadership. More layoffs and taxes and regulation. In two years the Republicans will regain control. Can't wait. B.O. is the wizard of Oz behind the curtain. An empty suit!

Posted by: lapagano

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Honeychil...Wall Street crapped all over itself...and all over us. It couldn't tell a good deal from a bedbug. That's why we elected someone who could.

Buck up now!....time to get to work!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Apparently some on here feel that the hen house can only be appropriately tended by the fox

Posted by: rsh43 | November 6, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Upcoming events:

Jan 20, Washington, DC

Senator Obama, please approach so you may take the oath of office...

Jan 20, Wasilla, Alaska

Governor Palin, would you come here please.
You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law....

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 6, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

bnw173 writes
"Why didn't you go with Gore instead of buying BS."

I didn't buy the BS. I said that after he won, I tried to let him establish his own record, rather than leaping to conclusions.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget...this is the 2nd federal election cycle in a row that the republicans have lost. Get used to it. Sit back and watch America grow into the country we were supposed to be, before Bush screwed it up.
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Yep. I'm sure your community organizer can handle this mess. He could be the best thing ever to happen to the Repubs. Like Bush was to the Dems.
I'm sure the three Wussies, Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, will straighten out the mess.

I'm sure the 41 or 42 Repub senators can aptly make monkeys of them like they have the last two years. heh heh

Posted by: bnw173 | November 6, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA MUST IMMEDIATELY REMEDIATE CIVIL LIBERTIES VIOLATIONS... BE ON GUARD AGAINST ATTEMPTS TO MOUNT A "FALSE FLAG" ATTACK... AND ENSURE ADHERENCE TO THE CONSTITUTION


Ensuring the civil liberties of all Americans, weeding out prejudice, and reversing policies and practices that violate the U.S. Constitution must be a top priority of the new administration.

The free ride for the forces of hate and extremism, hiding behind bureaucratic programs originally constructed to "keep America safe," must come to a quick end.

One of the first executive orders of the new administration should be sensitivity training for all federal personnel, and a mandatory refresher course on the meaning of the U.S. Constitution.

All federal departments should be screened for policies and ongoing operations that are violating the constitutionally guaranteed civil rights and liberties of American citizens.

All laws and executive orders implemented over the past eight years should be subject to immediate review to determine whether their provisions comport with spirit and letter of the Constitution.


Also, it might be a good idea on Day One for the Obama administration to commission an independent, trusted entity to sweep all government offices, as well as private residences of key officials, for electronic surveillance devices.


BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not as long as government-supported extrajudicial "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens
OR members.nowpublic.com/scrivener


WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/zap-have-you-been-targeted-directed-energy-weapon-victims-organized-gang-stalking-say-its-happening-usa-1

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 6, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The Obama effect has taken hold on Wall Street. A vote of no confidence on the president elect and the dems leadership. More layoffs and taxes and regulation. In two years the Republicans will regain control. Can't wait. B.O. is the wizard of Oz behind the curtain. An empty suit!

Posted by: lapagano | November 6, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Emanual needs to look at what is happening with the transition team.

OBAMA'S possible pick on education is wrong - very wrong.

He met UT Brownsville President Juliet Garcia during the campaign. She has been appointed to his transition team.

Why is she wrong? In 1992 she was president of Texas' oldest community college - Texas Southmost College. She negotiated a deal with UT that if they would create a UT level university in Brownsville and make her president, she would use the tax money from Southmost College to build the university.

Brownsville is the only city in Texas which must use local tax dollars to build a UT University. Every other university in the UT system gets construction funding from the Permanent Building Fund.

The poorest people in Texas who are 95% Latino are the only Texans required to pay for the building of a UT campus. Can anyone defend the UT system - can anyone defend Juliet Garcia who negotiated the deal.

This is the true Juliet Garcia. This is Obama's pick

AP has story wrong. Diana Natalicio appaointed president of UTEP 1988 - Juliet Garcia appointed president of UT Brownsville in 1992

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

Posted by: bobbywc | November 6, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

there's a simple reason for all the Republican whining going on...the choice of Emanuel as Chief of Staff is brilliant.

He's well-known as an aggressive and cunning politician who knows how to get things done. Change is about and it's frightening to some but welcomed by most.

Posted by: birdaa


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Amen!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

As Americans we do know how to be good winners. You smile politely and shake the hand of the loser. If the losers are bad sports, you just continue to smile, keep your mouth shut, and walk away. You won. There is absolutely nothing that can be said to a bad loser that will help. Engaging in further argument now is simply being a poor winner. Walk away the victor. Smile.

Posted by: ath28 | November 6, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

bobnsri, I like your thinking. We're going to keep an eye on you. These are not partisan issues; these are World issues. I am certain 44's inauguration speech Jan. 20 will provide you the message of hope you seek....

And Godspeed to the men of the USS Forrestal. Your sad lonely voyage into the night finally came to an end November 4....
________________________

"As a longtime follower of Mr. Obama, it is

not my place to question Him.

I accept His decisions without question.

Over 9-million people, like myself

contributed funds

or volunteered in Mr. Obama's campaign.

We await His Orders.

Mr. Obama has created a 3rd political

party.

We are His Army.

Posted by: bobnsri | November 6, 2008 2:16 PM"

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 6, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"I promise to treat ZerObama with the same respect, dignity and latitude that was offered President Bush."

In 2001, many people gave the new President time to establish himself. I, for one, gave him some credit for surrounding himself with what looked like a competent team - Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld. It wasn't until 2002 that it became cleat what a complete and utter disaster we'd brought upon ourselves.
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Why didn't you go with Gore instead of buying BS. Thing haven't been better than in 2000 and he would have continued the good times.
Why does the electorate buy BS so easily and quickly?

Posted by: bnw173 | November 6, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

We await His Orders.

Mr. Obama has created a 3rd political

party.

We are His Army.

Posted by: bobnsri


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oh, please.

take your neocon faux-obama nonsense elsewhere.

or stay and play your perverted games if you must.

it's a new day and the wicked witch is dead.

Long live We The People!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

there's a simple reason for all the Republican whining going on...the choice of Emanuel as Chief of Staff is brilliant.

He's well-known as an aggressive and cunning politician who knows how to get things done. Change is about and it's frightening to some but welcomed by most.

Posted by: birdaa | November 6, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget...this is the 2nd federal election cycle in a row that the republicans have lost. Get used to it. Sit back and watch America grow into the country we were supposed to be, before Bush screwed it up.

Posted by: jillcohen | November 6, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I am delighted that Obama chose Rahm Emmanuel. I will never forget how Rahm stuck with the Clinton White House at the end. I remember clearly the first time I saw him on TV, which speaks to Rahm's personal impact. I thought he was smart, tough and willing to step up to the plate when everyone else had fallen for the Republican smear tactics. I will miss his presence in the House, but he will help Obama be an effective president. Part of the reason I supported Hillary was because I knew she would be effective straight away.

There's a lot of damage to be repaired. Obama is smart to chose someone who knows the ropes.


Posted by: sandiegowryter | November 6, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

For this reason, outgoing President Bush, not in a position to participate in the summit of world economies, Nov. 15, that is, I believe that only hinder international economic relations between Europe and the new president Barack Obama, that comes with the new ideas, new policies for development, otherwise, that Bush does not have the capacity to solve problems or develop new ideas, this will dangerously affect the relations between Europe and the new president of the United States, this is obvious

Posted by: saraconorr | November 6, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Never fear loony Libs. I promise to treat ZerObama with the same respect, dignity and latitude that was offered President Bush.

Posted by: king_of_zouk


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Bush got exactly what he earned. Except a prison cell. For now.

Considering the source, your contempt of Obama is high praise indeed.

As long as you up-chuck your bilge, we all know that our President is on the right track.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Dang. "Change we can believe in"? No more Washington politics as usual?
Who is the first appointment? A Washington insider. Well I'll be damned? An advisee to those racist Clinton's at that. Yep. "change 'you' can believe in". Not me. Wonder why I was skeptible? Heh heh.
Wonder how many lies this guy really told?
Good luck. Obamanuts. heh heh
Wonder when he will bring the troops home. Oh hell, he can make that promise again when he re-runs. The sheep will have forgotten by then.

Posted by: bnw173 | November 6, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"I promise to treat ZerObama with the same respect, dignity and latitude that was offered President Bush."

In 2001, many people gave the new President time to establish himself. I, for one, gave him some credit for surrounding himself with what looked like a competent team - Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld. It wasn't until 2002 that it became cleat what a complete and utter disaster we'd brought upon ourselves.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

there is going to be a lot of information that most people did not know about this clown. how could you. One must remove the blinders to be able to see. The PT Barnum president is in.

We have many people at our corp like him. they scramble around all day making sure that their activites look good to the untrained eye. At the end of the week, nothing has been accomplished. sort of like a community organizer.

Posted by: king_of_zouk
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he community organized all over McCain's assssh...

Not surprising that you would mock people accomplishing something at your workplace -as if having you there smelling up a cubicle is not bad enough, wasting time on websites with a name out of dungeon and dragons and pretending that you know anything.

Obama the president, you are still a nobody - really, nothing has changed in your life. I wouldn't worry...

Posted by: LABC | November 6, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

In the end, it's all about egos, access to power, and accumulation of personal wealth. And, oh yes, don't forget to throw a bone to the little guy once in a while (sadly, something Bush never did).

Posted by: zephyr99 | November 6, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Would you trolls stop and take a breathe! I do mean this to people on both sides. How about 4 months off, now that the voting is over? At the end of that time there will be actual policy to fight about. You have gotten into an ugly habit of vomiting into this forum in response to any strong emotion. There is no need to respond to attacks from the other side. There is no need to express hatred or anger out of some misguided attempt to wake the other side up. Admit it! it is simply too early for either side to say I told you so. The deed is done. The die is cast. Four months. Please.

Posted by: ath28 | November 6, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

As a longtime follower of Mr. Obama, it is

not my place to question Him.

I accept His decisions without question.

Over 9-million people, like myself

contributed funds

or volunteered in Mr. Obama's campaign.

We await His Orders.

Mr. Obama has created a 3rd political

party.

We are His Army.

Posted by: bobnsri | November 6, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"I think Boehner ought to make fewer snotty comments and work to at least make an appearance of cooperating with a new President."

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Did you miss the article that Baehner is struggling to maintain his leadership position in the House as minority leader? If he didn't make this statement, he would surely be done for... he's looking out for his own a**. Duh.

Posted by: lsac | November 6, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Reaching across the aisle isn't going to be the trick...for that, he may as well hold a mirror under the noses of Republicans just to make sure they're still breathing. The real effort is going to be keeping Speaker Nancy and Leader Harry from running amok with their newfound pluralities.

Posted by: InRealAmerica | November 6, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The current republican leadership is so ignorant. The vast majority of Americans are so tired of the sniping (see McCain and Palin living in Pa for 3 weeks focusing on namecalling and GOP Rev. Wright ads, only to take a 10 point race and lose by 11)...give it a rest Boehner. Are we going to hear the sarcastic remarks for every appointment? At least let the guy take office, then you can start bashing again.

Keep trying to divide the country...your base is shrinking.

Posted by: sollazo | November 6, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

There's nothing like success!...except the b*tching and moaning from the losers...which only points more strongly to the strength of the success.

Barack is steady and strong and in control.

Already the brisk and fresh wind of change is dissipating the stench of corruption and incompetence and neocon nastiness from the nation!

Our nation is back!


Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting to be getting lectures in non-partisanship from members of the party that gave us George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich. Not to mention windbags like Bill Kristol, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity.

Even if Obama governs from the center-right he'll still be to the left of the neo-con men of the last eight years.

Posted by: spotfoul | November 6, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

oh no...Rahmbo is the Chief of Staff...read this analysis:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/06/uselections2008-barackobama2

Posted by: filetmignon | November 6, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Never fear loony Libs. I promise to treat ZerObama with the same respect, dignity and latitude that was offered President Bush.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel being a Jew will remain just, fair and honest in the matters related to the economical agendas, relation with Iran-Israel and above all Israel-Palestine issue? Or he will use the same cards being played by the Clinton and Bush Administration to take permission of the Jewish Nation, what she want and how much? Obama has promised for a change and justice and fairness in all the matters, hope he will be able to carry out his promises keeping the old brains in power!

Posted by: citysoilverizonnet | November 6, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

James Baker is an honest and classy guy? Excuse me while I barf. Does anyone remember the 2000 recount?

Emanuel = Delay...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I don't think Delay has ever made eye contact with someone from the Democratic side let alone have a conversation with them. Emanuel on the other hand has many friendships with Republicans. He is quite friendly with the current COS.

Who did the Repubs want him to pick? Arlen Specter? Probably would have attacked him for being to liberal a pick.

Posted by: jillcohen | November 6, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I did not know that. I thought they were volunteers doing it out of their great love for him.

Posted by: brewstercounty


there is going to be a lot of information that most people did not know about this clown. how could you. One must remove the blinders to be able to see. The PT Barnum president is in.

We have many people at our corp like him. they scramble around all day making sure that their activites look good to the untrained eye. At the end of the week, nothing has been accomplished. sort of like a community organizer.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama picked someone from -Chicago- to be his chief of staff. You don't yet appreciate the significance of that but give it a year - you will.

Posted by: Bill64738 | November 6, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The National Conservative Anonymous Hot Line has been officially announced.

If you are in need of counseling or Xanax to deal with your political party and beliefs being totally repudiated by America and your defeat being celebrated around the world like an evil dictator was overthrown please give us a call.

1-800-YOU-LOST.


We are here for you.

Posted by: langs13 | November 6, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I think Boehner ought to make fewer snotty comments and work to at least make an appearance of cooperating with a new President.

Posted by: Pol-econ | November 6, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"For you Republicans out there still in denial about Obama's mandate, the new revised official total (as reported by CNN)is Obama 53%, McCain 46%...a 7 point margin. And North Carolina has just been called for Obama giving him 364 electoral votes."

The last RCP poll of polls I think had it at 7.3+ for 44 so they were on the button. That would also mean Pew and Rasmussen underestimated 44 by a bit.

As for Zouk, I buy into ASinMoCo's post that said, "Well, Zouk, maybe if we re-elect Obama in four years, your net worth will hit zero and you'll cease to exist. Hmm."

Look, Zouk or Aspergirl or Dorchester or canoli or 37thandO or whatever nom de idiot you are using today, 44 has not yet been inaugurated but you are already mudslinging. Can't you just post you hate 44 once and for all time and then get back to us in eight years.

All indications are that 44 is having COS Rahm assemble the greatest intellectual talent since Jack Kennedy, an unbelievable all-star team of government players. A Dream Team. Rahm, Robert Kennedy Jr., Caroline Kennedy, David Axelrod, Colin Luther Powell, Larry Summers, and so on. And guess what? 44's folks read actually newspapers and magazines. They have used a laptop and a Blackberry. They even know Africa is a continent, not a country, and even know the number of continents. And they have heard about stuff like due process, habeas corpus, Miranda, and the Constitution.

January 20 -- Bamalot begins...

Can't wait. Oy.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 6, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Cut throat, partisan hack, strong arm tactics...I don't care as long as President elect Obama's agenda is got through the Congress, whether it is pushed, pulled or paraded through on a gilded carriage. RahmBO is the perfect choice, he witnessed the mistakes of Clinton, he actually has intelligence and learns from the past, unlike the repugs.

We are in the 21st century and the repugs are still operating as if it is the 19th century, racist, narrow minded, religious fundamentalist, class warfare, misogynistic, xenophobic WASP's who think they can rule just because they are the above.

President elect Obama a nice ring to it.

Posted by: opuddles | November 6, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Two words to the whiny, Replublican loosers: Karl Rove. Now there was a uniter able to work across the aisle.

Give Obama credit for putting a hard nosed political guy in his corner, because we all know the Republicans will. Just read the adjacent article on the young conservative Republicans who under Boehner's leadership are convinced the election didn't tell them what the election acutally told them. 8 years of luddites has taken its toll.

Posted by: rtrorkt1 | November 6, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel.........I heard him described once as a cross between a tooth ache and a hemorrhoid.

Posted by: Treasury
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I actually heard that was zouk's birth announcement...

Posted by: LABC | November 6, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

that's assuming the birth cerfiticket fraud doesn't catch up with him and hand us President old-timers.

Posted by: king_of_zouk

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LOL.

King of Zilch rolls out the lame birth certificate paranoia....for which he recently excoriated 37 and O ...pathetic days indeed for right-wing zealots, neocons, and other nefarious Zoukites.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Please recall Adam Sorkin's great rule: Find some one smarter than you, the smartest person you know. Then, would you trust that person with your life? If so, make them your Chief of Staff.

Sounds like Rahm Emanuel to a "T".

And remember: the CoS works for the President, not the other way 'round. A strong competent President sets the tone for his administration; only a weak President allows his CoS to make policy decisions.

I have no reason to doubt Obama on this choice. I just hope that Emanuel doesn't regret passing up the opportunity to take Obama's Senate seat.

Posted by: chirashi1 | November 6, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

To Zouk: What?! You're still here?! You and your racist repiglican friends should just pack up and move to Texas with Bush and Cheney and all rest of the idiots currently in the White House so you can form your perfect little world! We liberals will be happy to have someone with an education and common sense run our country -- that's why more than half of the country voted for Obama! Get over it!!! We are also happy to cut Texas out of the UNITED STATES since they think they are separate from us anyway.

In closing, you shouldn't post things that are beyond your intelligence -- your small narrow-minded brain just can't handle it!

Posted by: FFXMom | November 6, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

still smelling your sore loser cheese, zouk. Your mom gonna draw your bath soon?

Posted by: LABC | November 6, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

and I for one have never thought that Reid and Pelosi would ever have run over Obama, but Rahm will keep them in line in any event. He doesn't owe them, and he ran over Clinton, so he certainly doesn't fear them. They are wimps in comparison.

The most encouraging thing is that the new admin is 2 for 2 in folks with both top-of-the-class brains and street smarts.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 6, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama had to pay people to canvass for him? I did not know that. I thought they were volunteers doing it out of their great love for him.

Posted by: brewstercounty | November 6, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

My, my how the tone from the angry left has changed since W. won. now instead of rank hyper-partisan criticism of any and all things, we are supposed to suspend disbelief instead.

how utterly NYTimes of you.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

And the real winner of the 2008 election issss (drum roll)
ISRAEL!

Posted by: torro67 | November 6, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel is pure poison..........he's Tom Delay II
Posted by: allenridge
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ROTLMAO!

as if!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

What about ENERGY???

THE NEXT BIG POSITION ---ENERGY, ENERGY, ENERGY

Chris, who is the expected choiece to head the DOE???

The only good story I've seen so far is done by Greentech Media you can read it at

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/who-will-be-the-next-energy-czar-5122.html

Posted by: leed1 | November 6, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

king of zilch croaks:

first he picks biden, the old-timers babbling brook of disfunction, now this:

Emanuel [Yuval Levin]


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It is no surprise that Yuval Levin, a conservative Jewish author, fiercely opposed to abortion and stem cell research, fiercely supportive of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, and follower of Leon Kass, who would return women to the 18th century, would object to the liberal and modern Jew, Emmanuel, who was and is more effective in government and politics than Levin ever was or will be.

Sounds like pure jealousy to me.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

There is a concept that the flaming contaminated Obama followers need to start warming up to and that is the Chief of Staff needs to be an honest broker.

Ronald Reagaon had James Baker. A very honest and classy guy.

Emanuel is pure poison..........he's Tom Delay II

Posted by: allenridge | November 6, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Boehner didn't start crying did he?

Posted by: MikeMcNally | November 6, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling Republicans would argue against whomever Obama would choose. Obama would have to literally choose a staunch Republican for them to not criticize his selection, and they would probably still find something wrong about it. Give me a break.

Posted by: Jeremy1976 | November 6, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Boehner should shut his yap until he has some evidence that Emanuel is some kind of impediment to Obama's leading. Guess what, Johnny? The new world order waits for EVIDENCE. We are sick of republicans conflating assertion with argument. So until there's a real Obama track record for you to critique, Shut Up.

Oh yeah, and why don't you exercise those great critical faculties thinking about the current winners sitting in the white house. Not enough guts to criticize them I imagine.

Posted by: xSamplex | November 6, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

There will be no pleasing the losers. Boehner's remarks are the beginning of the constant criticism that Obama will get from the right. Obama was elected in a landslide. His mandate is not to make partisan republicans happy. His mandate is to repair America from the damage of an unintelligent, narrow-minded, malevolent administration that has destroyed our reputation and our prosperity in the last 8 years. Republicans are irrelevant right now. Don't blame Obama blame your lack of vision and totally destructive policies of the the last 8 years.

Posted by: jillcohen | November 6, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel.........I heard him described once as a cross between a tooth ache and a hemorrhoid.

Posted by: Treasury | November 6, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but Boner has something to say about it? He is thisclose to the heave-ho, if Cantor and company have their way. Emanuel can put Mr. Watery eyes right in his place...

North Carolina is gone for Obama - it just gets better and better.

Zouk and neverleft - that odor of rank loser is real strong - why don't you two wash up, m'kay?

Posted by: LABC | November 6, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

To show you how corrupt our left-wing press is on the day of the election, Nov. 4th the market went up 300 points and ALL of the corrupt liberal news organizations gave Obama credit for that.

Now with two days of steep loses the same corrupt left-wingers who "Installed" Obama as the 44th POTUS have a different story.

fyi........the Dems "power supply" is our corrupt left-wing mass media.

They are the enemy we must fight against.

Posted by: allenridge | November 6, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

zouk - you contradicted yourself. you said the COS is not a strategist or an advocate, but then later said he is one who guides the president to important decisions. I don't think Obama chose Rahm as one of his advisors. I think he chose him as an effective implementer. That, after all, is the real job of a COS, to run the staff so as to implement the directives of the President. Of course we will have to wait and see, but I suspect that Obama chose Rahm because he is perfect for the role a COS should play, and we should not look at the role previous COS's have played. Obama is going to do a lot of things differently, on that I think we can depend.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 6, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I follow the logic of everyone criticizing this pick. Obama promised an ideologically diverse group of advisers. That doesn't entail that every single adviser has to be a moderate or a republican. If he appoints 2 dozen Emanuels, then fire away, otherwise I think this criticism will come off as half-baked and hasty.

Posted by: davidsdca | November 6, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Boehner's not exactly helping with the partisan`atmosphere. Why not give Obama the benefit of the doubt and wait for the cabinet? COS must be someone the president is comfortable with, not someone who pleases the other side.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 6, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It will be a long four years.

Posted by: tfitzgib


Correction - Two years. At this rate the Libs will self-destruct before they even start.

that's assuming the birth cerfiticket fraud doesn't catch up with him and hand us President old-timers.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

It's OK Libs, I know no amount of fact can steer you away from your suicidal course of destruction.

Best to stick with the chanting and cult activities instead. they suit your intellect more properly.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. except the press won't report the failures, the corruption, the errors and the Libs simply don't care.


-Speaking of suicide Zouk we're still waiting for you to take your turn in the name of your false idol Ronnie Raygun; come on finish up that Kool-aide

Posted by: theobserver4 | November 6, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else find the idea of John Boehner criticizing someone for *being partisan* as absurd as I do?

Posted by: ObserverinSC | November 6, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

What a joke! Two days after election, the slobs are at it, grasping at any straw they can latch on to in order to vent against Obama. In two years, life will be a lot better and change will have taken place and you'll still be blabbering and having flatulence of the head. Get over it and understand that Obama's supporters go across the entire politcial spectrum. There are thinking conservatives on his side, centrists and liberals who are interested in the U.S. of A. The more you bellyache, the more you appear to be commie plants trolling the internet.

Posted by: rrau22 | November 6, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Silly Zouk, you have zero credibility. Who should we trust, a frustrated GOP lobbyist facing a Dem-controlled Washington, or a retiring GOP Representative from Illinois?

David Broder talks to retiring Republican Rep. Ray LaHood of Illinois, an early and ardent supporter of McCain...

"LaHood was ... enthusiastic. He recalled that the same week Obama was elected to the Senate, he phoned LaHood and asked if he could come visit him in Peoria -- in order to build a relationship that permitted them to work together on Illinois projects. "This year, we had six bipartisan dinners," LaHood said. "I think he knows that he has to be bipartisan to deal with these problems. And I think he will surround himself with people like [Chicago congressman] Rahm Emanuel, who feel the same way." "

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/05/AR2008110503925.html

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emanuel? What? Was Sidney Blumenthal to busy picking wings off flies to be selected? Rahm is another party hack from the cesspools of Chicago. He is a mean spirited, dishonest hateful creep. Great choice Obama. It couldn't have been more divisive or insulting. Get your seat belts on folks. It will be a long four years.

Posted by: tfitzgib | November 6, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Great Choice!!!

Pick Geithner for Treasury!

Posted by: sjxylib | November 6, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Sure didn't take long before the Repukians are throwing rocks. It doesn't really matter who Obama chose for chief of staff because the self-hating Repukes would disagree regardless.

S-O-U-R G-R-A-P-E-S.

Eight years are ahead. Deal. We had eight years of the puddle of puke who's soon to leave. ANYONE will be a step ahead.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | November 6, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

for examples of what I was talking about.

Posted by: bsimon1


If even simple simon sees it already, how obvious is it? Even I thought he would wait until Jan to start breaking promises.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

King of Zouk, Asper Girl and a few others, don't perpetuate the "whack job" perception of the "lug nuts" even though it's based upon fact.

Posted by: NotBubba | November 6, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Rahm will probably do a great job as Chief of Staff. He's smart, pragmatic, and he can work with moderate Republicans.

I really wish Obama could get his staff together quick enough that Bush voluntarily decides to let Obama make the decisions before Jan 20th. No such luck though; just brace yourselves for a pardon list a mile long.......

Posted by: theobserver4 | November 6, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel is like poison............

He's no different than Tom Delay.

Looks like more partisan gridlock for the next four years...........

Seems like nothing CHANGES........ (just a cheap over used word, change)

Looks like "Business" is liking the new Democrat majorities.

The stock market is dropping like a rock for the second straight day.

And YES it's Obama

But don't look for the corrupt flaming liberals in our wolfpack press to tell you that.

Posted by: allenridge | November 6, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Press release from the Transition Team headquarters for President Elect Rudy Giuliani:
"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. except the press won't report the failures, the corruption, the errors and the cons simply don't care."

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

simple simon, pardon our ignorance for expecting a candidate to do a modicum of what was promised. I keep forgetting we are in a new era.

the zero era - zero promises kept. but of course only loony Libs fell for the chicanery. the good news is that half the country didn't. there is still hope.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel's major significance is probably his ability to work with Democrats in the House in pursuing the legislation required to implement Obama's agenda. He will help avoid the realization of Tom Delay's prophecy that Nancy Pelosi would run over Obama. Chief of Staff is surely a partisan job in any case. Emanuel's toughest task likely will be getting the Congressional Democrats in line when needed. But he should be skilled at working with Republicans as well when appropriate.

Posted by: dnjake | November 6, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Welcome to the era of Zero..."

Zero insight or value from zouk.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl- see the king of zouk's various posts, particularly the 1:17 cut 'n paste job, for examples of what I was talking about.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Does anyone else think that Emanuel looks a little like Adam Arkin?"

Posted by: dognabbit

Looks more like a young Abe Vigoda. (Was Vigoda ever young?) Emanuel would also make a good undertaker in a horror film.

Posted by: edwcorey | November 6, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the era of Zero.

Zero susbstance. zero experience. Zero decisions. Zero prosperity.

Can we start calling him President ZerObama now?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

several comments are in order. first, the market. the market has assumed an Obama victory forever. the crash, of course, did not reflect any suddden realization that Obama really would win, it reflected the collapse of the credit market. The market is above the bottom it hit after the crash. still bouncing, but that's normal, and the real economic news is still getting worse. Obama didn't hurt car sales or employment. and any cap gains tax increase was likewise anticipated because an Obama victory was anticipated, not that anyone has any cap gains anyway.

As for Rahm, he has a new job, so his behavior in his old one only proves that he is good at what he is tasked to do. As COS, the best prediction is that he will do whatever Obama wants him to do, and do it however Obama wants him to do it, and do it very well.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 6, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

A Chief of Staff needs to be tough.

Boehner wouldn't be happy even if Obama selected the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man. Another example of why the GOP will spend a generation in the wilderness. Is there anyone in the GOP that is worthy of the title "Statesman"?

Posted by: Roofelstoon | November 6, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I can't help reflecting back to the time when Dinkins was elected Mayor of New York. All the people were orgasmic. A whole new tone was set with people crying in the street and love was in the air even feces seam to smell good. And then.....and then Dinkin's liberal polices started to kick in and the city long known as the Big Apple became the Rotten Apple. Dinkins and ultra liberalism turned this place into a pigsty in four short years. A very dangerous pigsty to boot. Under Dinkins crime skyrocketed, cops became demoralized and business fled to the suburbs. Of course Giuliani came in to restore the city and bring businesses back. Taxachusettes another ultra liberal bastion has been losing people and businesses since 2000. Many there were wandering what's happening...ultra liberalism was killing that state.
Wow, how history could repeat itself with an empty suit ultra liberal like Obama.

Yes, I will make a good profit in the near future on my bumper sticker, "Don't Blame Me I Didn't Vote for Obama".

Now that we're past the black thing, the Democrat radical liberalism sh## will hit the fan.
Emanuel? So much for reaching across the aisle.
Obama 1st phase of the CON is done.

Posted by: ekim53 | November 6, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

You know if you are pissing off Boehner and the GOP trolls here, that Obama has made the right choice.

Funny how I recall them all saying that he'd never get elected. I look forward to them pulling their hair out for the next eight years.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | November 6, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

People voted for change alright...change from the Republican fiasco of the last 8 years!

Posted by: jillcohen | November 6, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

It's OK Libs, I know no amount of fact can steer you away from your suicidal course of destruction.

Best to stick with the chanting and cult activities instead. they suit your intellect more properly.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. except the press won't report the failures, the corruption, the errors and the Libs simply don't care.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Good choice. Imagine he will be able to communicate with Congressional leaders (of both parties) to forward Obama agenda. First message however is to Pelosi and Reid. I (Obama) am the guy who ran and won a national campaign. That campaign relied on winning liberals, moderates and a more then inconsequential number of conservatives. I am the guy who has called for bi-partisanship and results, you guys have been extremely partisan and have not achieved all that you could have because of said partisanship. The excuse of a fillibustering Senate and an obstinate President are gone. Harry you should be able to forward my agenda with the help of the Maine Senators and one or two others as long as you tone down that ridiculous partisan approach. Madame Speaker, while you have a large majority in the House, the bills you pass have to pass muster in a moderate to right leaning Senate. Our gains over the past two election cycles have not been liberal gains, instead we owe our governing majority to moderates and conservatives who have defeated some conservative, but more often then not, moderate Republicans. I expect the House Republicans to be even more partisan and obstructionist so we need to ensure we have all Democrats (liberals, blue dogs, black caucus, and the others) pulling the oars in the same direction. OK? I plan on getting things done and if it takes getting a few Republicans in the Senate to agree, then that's what we do. I don't need the House Democrats going off the deep end and fighting ideological battles that fritter away our current standing with the American public. We'll change the way things are run, we will replace Bush policy that has been so harmful to the country, but we are going to accomplish that with some Republican help. Have a great session.

Posted by: army164 | November 6, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Zouk absolutely nailed it with this: "Obama’s apparent selection of Rahm Emanuel for White House chief of staff is an extremely disconcerting (if not wholly surprising) first indication on the “which Obama will we get” question. It suggests both that he wants to be ruthless and partisan and that he does not have a clear sense of how the White House works."

It harkens back to 0bama's near-complete lack of experience. He is wholly dependent on the Democrat insiders to tell him what to do.

Get ready for one of the most purely partisan Administrations ever.

Some change! Some hope! LOL!

Posted by: NeverLeft | November 6, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

NEW YORK -- Wall Street recoiled again Thursday, sending stocks lower for a second straight day as new readings on retail sales and jobless claims fanned investors' worries that the economy is in recession.

the Trend is clear. thanks Libs. you seem like you will succeed in pulling every one down to poverty. Is that the equal outcome you sought?

Posted by: king_of_zouk
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O, Woe is me!!!

Poor Zouk...who sees a thorn bush where there are roses, bee stings where there is honey, skin cancer where there is sun.


One only hopes in real life his humanity is not so impoverished and he simply enjoys playing the curmudgeon.

It will take a while for the economy to rebound from 8 years of Bush's incompetence, Republican deregulation and Corporate greed.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Boehner's statement is a sign of things to come. If anyone thinks the repubs will work with the dems is delusional. Barack will extend a hand but if the repubs don't reach out then they are on their own.

Posted by: jillcohen | November 6, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

first he picks biden, the old-timers babbling brook of disfunction, now this:

Emanuel [Yuval Levin]


Obama’s apparent selection of Rahm Emanuel for White House chief of staff is an extremely disconcerting (if not wholly surprising) first indication on the “which Obama will we get” question. It suggests both that he wants to be ruthless and partisan and that he does not have a clear sense of how the White House works.

Emanuel was by all accounts a very effective White House staffer in the Clinton administration, and he has certainly been an effective member of the House of Representatives. He is smart and tough. But he has been, in both positions, a vicious graceless partisan: narrow, hectic, unremittingly aggressive, vulgar, and impatient. Those who have worked for and with him come away impressed but not inspired, and generally not loyal.

The White House chief of staff is not a chief strategist or a chief advocate. He is a manager of people and of process. Above all else, he sets the tone internally, and shapes the president’s decision process and the feel of the upper tiers of the administration. Obama is especially in need of someone who will lead him to decisions, because he appears to be intensely averse to making difficult choices—which is the essence of what the president does. His inclination is to step back and conceptualize the choice out of existence, looking reasonable but doing nothing. To overcome this, he will need a chief of staff with a sense of the gravity of the choices the president faces, and one capable of moving the staff to decision, keeping big egos satisfied and calm, and resisting the pressure to be purely reactive to momentary distractions. None of this spells Rahm Emanuel. There is definitely a place for a Rahm Emanuel type of brilliant ruthless shark in a White House staff, but not in the Chief’s office. Not a good first sign.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

He wan not picked to kick butt on the Republicans but the Democrats. A good choice in my view. There should be some Republicans picked for the cabinet if I am any judge of a move to the center necessary to govern.

Posted by: jameschirico | November 6, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Zouk, send those bills to:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave

Posted by: NewDay08 | November 6, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

For you Republicans out there still in denial about Obama's mandate, the new revised official total (as reported by CNN)is Obama 53%, McCain 46%...a 7 point margin. And North Carolina has just been called for Obama giving him 364 electoral votes. If Obama overtakes McCain in Missouri that's 375.

If I remember when Bush got 286 electoral votes in 2004 he was talking about how much "political capital" he earned in the election.

Posted by: HistoryBoy | November 6, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Zouk, It's apparent that you would find something wrong with an infallable diety if he or she were not electe with an R next to their name. Why don't you take a break for 6 months, and come back when you have something really relevant to say?

Come to think of it, why do you keep posting on this board? You add nothing contstructive or useful to the conversation, other than an education in how to subtly manipulate conservative talking points so that they appear to be original thought.

What you've said today is another example of your facile methods of taking events and drawing unfounded conclusions from those events. You are not intelligent, witty or enlightening.

You're simply a boor.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 6, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

President Obama’s cabinet should be made up of members who hold the best interests of our country at heart, not the best interests of Coal and Oil lobbyists. His selection of Rahm Emanuel as Chief of Staff reflects a desire to hold members of congress accountable regardless of political affiliations. The Chief of Staff needs to be tough; to fight the tough, corrupt, and aggressive representatives of the Oil industry that cheats the public out of royalty payments and fights to suppress the growth of industries that can free us from domestic and Middle eastern oil pundits.

Posted by: liveride | November 6, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Great Choice!
One thing that WILL CHANGE: Now the republicans will either follow or be MOVED out of the way.
That's what I hope for.
They are losers and belong in the dumpster of history.

Posted by: TOMHERE | November 6, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Boehner-the-petulant's instant negative Republican attack on Rahm is the same knee-JERK response that voters have just roundly rejected the past 2 cycles and he seems to not "get it" and will ensure that the good guys, the party of technology, health-care, environmental conservancy and fiscal responsibility (you got it - The Democrats) will rule in peace and prosperity long into the future.

It's great to be on the side of justice and true compassion. Good bye neo-cons ... bye-bye little Boehner ... you are now uber-irrelevent.

Posted by: Linus66 | November 6, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The New Old Politics
Peter Wehner - 11.06.2008 - 11:11 AM
If, as the speculation has it, Rahm Emanuel becomes Obama’s new chief of staff, it’ll strike a discordant note, at least in one respect. As a candidate, Obama spoke endlessly–particularly during the Democratic primary–of ushering in a new era in politics. He was going to “turn the page” on the partisanship, anger, and divisive tactics of the past. And so forth. Yet, in offering the job to Emanuel, Obama has turned to one of the most ruthless and fierce partisans on the political landscape.

One person I know who worked in the first Clinton term wrote me an e-mail in which he said, in part, “Rahm is the toughest, meanest partisan I ever worked with.” That seems to be a consensus view. Dick Morris was on The O’Reilly Factor saying that, based on his experience of working with Emanuel in the Clinton White House, he is rightly considered a vicious partisan. In his book All Too Human, George Stephanopoulos, writing about the 1992 campaign, says, “All I knew about Emanuel at first was that he had once mailed a dead fish to a rival political consultant. But when the former ballet dancer arrived in Little Rock and leaped onto a table to scream his staff into shape, I knew the money side would be OK.” And we learn of Emanuel’s disappointment when Mario Cuomo decided against running for President that year. “Damn. It would have been so great if he came in. We’d rip his head off.” And perhaps most revealingly of all, former Clinton aide Paul Begala, a man who rivals Emanuel when it comes to bitter partisanship, was singing Emanuel’s praises on CNN. (According to this story, Begala describes Emanuel’s aggressive style as a “cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache.” High praise!)

A person like Emanuel might qualify for a job like DNC chairman, but, as my Ethics and Public Policy colleague Yuval Levin explains here, the choice of Emanuel as chief of staff would be quite troubling. That job sets the tone for the Administration in so many ways and sends signals to the entire White House staff of what the attitude and ethos will be.

One of the things that is becoming increasingly clear is that Barack Obama is a very difficult person to unravel. He is amazingly self-contained and something of a solitary figure. We don’t really know what to expect from him. As he is our future President, we should, within reason, give him the benefit of the doubt. But that doesn’t mean suspending our critical faculties. And it’s fair to say, I think, that if Rahm Emanuel is chosen as chief of staff, the promise of a new and more uplifting era in politics may be revealed as a mirage. If Emanuel embodies the “new politics” of the Obama era, it may well make the old politics seem like a garden party

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

John Boehner's comments reflect the old strategies that served his caucus so well on Tuesday. One would think him relieved that the House Dems lost one of their toughest members. I guess if he thought about the long run instead of the press release, he might have a chance to be Speaker.

Posted by: jghaught | November 6, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Can any of you point to Andrew Card or John Podesta or the great [IMO] Howard Baker or the terrific [IMO] James Baker or Don Rumsfield when they were WHCOSs and tell me that they affected policy? They did NOT.

Don Regan may have and Nancy put a stop to it, as I recall. The COS is the gatekeeper. He keeps the calendar. He is someone the Prez trusts. He is someone who knows everyone, so that he can make priority lists for who gets in to see the Prez when. He has an indirect effect. But he is not a policymaker.

This was also not a crony pick - Emanuel does not need and did not seek this job. This is a guy who made $15M as an investment banker in three years out of politics.

In sum, I do not think this is even newsworthy, except to the extent BHO did not pick someone unqualified for the job.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 6, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update! By the way, saw you at Cap City last night and as and Alum, did the FH team win? (didn't want to interrupt last night)

Posted by: peej_08 | November 6, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Reading some of these comments, I can see that one thing that hasn't changed yet is the ignorance of some people. For anyone to somehow blame the current state of our economy and Wall Street's failings on Obama is just ridiculous. Yeah, right, this is all Barack Obama's fault and has NOTHING to do with the mismanagement of the current (mis)administration.

Posted by: tlagarto | November 6, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Terrific choice. Emmanual will assure there is disipline in the White House, compliments Obama's style and sends a message to the House of Representatives that they will be consulted in policy decisions.

Posted by: granbyhomeaolcom | November 6, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

King of Zilch whines:

I think that is a pretty good prediction for the entire country under Lib reign of terror. Of course it won't take 4 years to suck the life out of our prosperity. It seems the market knows a loser when they see one.

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LOL.

Given your prediction record, we have nothing to worry about.

Moan on!

The rest of us will be busy restoring and rebuilding the USA...even for old bitter farts like yourself.

We like to spread the wealth!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Zouk, do you believe everything Rush states? Cuz, I didn't think anyone was quite so naive. How can you blame the Dems when Bush has vetoed or threatened to veto everything to come out of Congress, then throw in Republican's threat of filibuster everytime they heard of a bill that would help rank and file Americans?

This corrupt ship of state of sinking under its own weight of corruption long before the Dems took partial control of Congress in 2006.

Posted by: billtemple | November 6, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

You know, President BUSH is still on board, so whatever ails you regarding Wall Street is under his watch for the next 75 DAYS. And for the record, up until yesterday the stock market had been ignoring pretty horrible jobs/government reports that came out last week, so whatever ipso facto connection you want to make to Obama winning the election is pretty retarded.

Posted by: SaladSD | November 6, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

NEW YORK -- Wall Street recoiled again Thursday, sending stocks lower for a second straight day as new readings on retail sales and jobless claims fanned investors' worries that the economy is in recession.

the Trend is clear. thanks Libs. you seem like you will succeed in pulling every one down to poverty. Is that the equal outcome you sought?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Emanuel is an excellent pick for Obama. He would have been good to replace Obama in the Senate, but President-elect Obama got to him before Governor Blagoyevich could. Emanuel will hopefully keep the Jewish community on the right side, they voted overwhelmingly for Obama. Democrats, with Emanuel's help, can make further inroads in Florida and New Jersey, that have large populations of Jewish voters. I just hope the Obama White House does not look too much like the Clinton White House. Admittedly Emanuel served in the Clinton White House, but he is just too good of a public servant to not utilize. Emanuel could be an excellent governor of Illinois or president one day. He won't let the Republicans get away with obstructing and obfuscating legislation like they have for the last 8 years. He has good relationships with the House Democratic leadership, and just wait the first 100 days of the Obama presidency, you will see a flurry of good new legislation, shepherded by Emanuel and Obama. Not since FDR have Democrats been as energized and reinvigorated as they are now. Welcome to a new era in American history, that will be characterized by left of center policy!

Posted by: jmr862003 | November 6, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy that Emanuel took the job. I think Obama offered it to him because Emanuel is a winner who knows how to get things done. It isn't so much that Emanuel knows how to beat Republicans; he knows how to beat all challengers. Obama's plan isn't to bring in a guy who's loyal only to Democrats; he's bringing in a guy who's loyal to America. And don't fear, GOP, because Obama's looking to tap a few Republicans, too. Think Lincoln.

Side note: Does anyone else think that Emanuel looks a little like Adam Arkin? Another West Wing connection.

Posted by: dognabbit | November 6, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

he gives up a safe House seat and the inside track to the Speakership someday,

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Delusional. After two more years of the "worst speaker in history", two more years of the culture of corruption, no longer reported by the media of course, after two more years of failing prosperity, instituted immediately after the 2006 election, the voters will send the Libs to permanant minority status. all it takes is for the truth and consequences to emerge from the fog of the campaign of lies and false promises.

Obama has already reneged on his promise to pay his campaign workers. took a whole day for the bottom to fall out of the free money offer.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Zouk, what prosperity? I've watched my retirement dwindle by half due in large part to the policies of the past 8 years.

I've watched our national debt escalate due to the borrow and spend conservatives. Reinstate the Clinton years tax base for everyone over $250,000 - we are in a boatload of debt and it is time to start paying for it.

Posted by: billtemple | November 6, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Emmanuel will be great!

Another excellent appointment: Gibbs as WH Press Secretary.

What a refreshing change...honest-to-God competent--if not supremely qualified--people in the administration. Goodbye to the Brownies, Gonzaleses and Rices!!!! Hello best and brightest!!

Obama is off and running! Here's to our 8-year marathon to restore our nation and build a better world under his leadership!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emmanuel should be no surprise. Barack is a moderate governing person with idealistic hopes.

Rahm understands this with his brilliant strategy in the 2006 election, though he was hammered by the hard Left for working with conservative (blue-doggish) candidates.

You cannot have it both ways. You cannot have a 50-State Strategy and be totally unempathetic to the blue dogs and moderates.

Posted by: owldog | November 6, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If just the threat of him ruling us leads to this decline

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 12:50 PM |

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Zouk, old boy, it's a new day in America. Bush attempted to "rule". Obama will lead.

Posted by: mhhaggard | November 6, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Did Boner cry again?

Posted by: RollaMO | November 6, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Good choice. Rahm is smart, hard-working, demanding, and tough as nails. He's seen how both the White House and Congress work from the inside, and no one is better positioned to pull strings to move things through Congress. He's trusted by both fellow Chicagoan Obama and the House leadership, and as former head of the Democrats' congressional campaign committee he knows the members and their districts as well as anyone. VP Joe Biden and President Obama himself have the relationships on the Senate side. I think this was a tough one for him because he gives up a safe House seat and the inside track to the Speakership someday, but it's the right move for the Obama presidency and for the country.

Posted by: bradk1 | November 6, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, Zouk, maybe if we re-elect Obama in four years, your net worth will hit zero and you'll cease to exist. Hmm.

Posted by: ASinMoCo |

I think that is a pretty good prediction for the entire country under Lib reign of terror. Of course it won't take 4 years to suck the life out of our prosperity. It seems the market knows a loser when they see one.

biggest post election decline ever. still falling. anyone out there think that business likes taxes?

and if you think that a 5 point margin of victory is a landslide, you have been reading the NYTimes too much. the country is still basically 50/50. this is promising considering all the free stuff Obambi promised to get elected. all those promises are headed for the ash heap, of course. same as every lib victory.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

It would be a better country without the Zouks, people who care only about themselves, and their bank accounts and to hell with the country and the unfortunate.

Zouk, if money's your game, go to China. That's where the action is, not the best environment and Food and Drug oversite, though, I hear.

Posted by: owldog | November 6, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Excellent choice. Emanuel is super smart, knows how Washington works, knows how to take names, enforce decisions, and articulate positions with vigor and humor.

Posted by: dee5 | November 6, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Baracky Hussein,

Goldman begins to cut 10 percent of staff

NEW YORK -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has begun notifying about 3,200 employees globally that they have lost their jobs, as the world's biggest investment bank slashes expenses to ride out the financial crisis, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

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NEW YORK -- The nation's retailers saw their sales plummet last month to the weakest October level since at least 1969, as the financial crisis and mounting layoffs left shoppers too scared to shop.

Posted by: hclark1 | November 6, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Heard from a very good source that Philadelphia's Judge Nelson Diaz is being strongly considered for Sec of HUD. He wuz President Clinton's General Counsel for HUD, knows the terrain, is brilliant and wood be a terrific choice.

Posted by: koufax | November 6, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, Zouk, maybe if we re-elect Obama in four years, your net worth will hit zero and you'll cease to exist. Hmm.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | November 6, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

From da king:
"I believe this is going to be a landslide "
--bongbrain

I believe Bigfoot lives on my street and atttends church every Sunday.
Posted by: king_of_zouk | October 23, 2008 3:53 PM |


Say hello to BF for me this Sunday...

Posted by: Maxwell_Smart | November 6, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Whew. I was getting a little nervous there. Obama's campaign has been a leak-proof ship and Rahm's hemming and hawing over this made me think O's first pick was a misstep.

Posted by: hoos3014 | November 6, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Cue the flood of "What happened to 'change'?" posts."

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2008 12:36

I think that what we have to keep in mind is that this is a changed situation where the next President has limited room to do dramatic new things. The economic disasters, energy policy and other critical issues have to be problem-solved, before anything else can happen.

Indeed, the next president may turn out to have very little room to do "new" things, especially if he is presiding over what will become a global recession or a depression.

I will be happy if Obama just turns out to be competent at managing and responding to the serious problems American faces right now, and keeps his pie-in-the-sky promises for his next term, if he wins reelection.

Posted by: AsperGirl | November 6, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

My mortgage bill and heating bill are due soon. Can someone forward me the address to send them so that Barack can pay them for me?

I would pay them myself but since THe ONE took the lead in the polls my net wrth has been cut in half.

If just the threat of him ruling us leads to this decline, imagine what will transpire once he actually starts down his high tax path to ruin?

On the bright side, he has agreed to meet with some economic advisors on Friday. this will be the first substance filled meeting of his career.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel will be a terrific CofS. He knows the Hill and how to make an agenda come to fruitition. Good Choice!

Posted by: margotmacomber | November 6, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

A good idea to use a knowledgeable person as your Chief of Staff. Excellent for him to choose a person who knows how Washington works. Wasn't that always the complaint of Carter he was slow on the uptake because he used Washington novices?

Posted by: billtemple | November 6, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Indianapolis - Lines were long and tempers flared Wednesday not to vote but to get paid for canvassing for Barack Obama. Several hundred people are still waiting to get their pay for last-minute campaigning. Police were called to the Obama campaign office on North Meridian Street downtown to control the crowd.

so this is how it's going to be. Broken promises, stock market and economic decline, a return to Carterism.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 6, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Cue the flood of "What happened to 'change'?" posts.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

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