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Ten Facts You Need To Know About Rahm Emanuel

Barack Obama's decision to name Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff ensures that myriad profiles of the man they call "Rahmbo" will be written in the days and weeks to come.

Here at The Fix we aim to bring readers only the news they need to know, so -- without further ado -- here are the 10 facts about Rahm Emanuel that tell you everything you need to know about the next White House chief of staff.

1. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and is a classically trained dancer.

2. The dead fish story is true -- although neither Emanuel nor pollster Alan Secrest like to talk about it publicly and it happened TWENTY years ago. (Old news folks; people change.)

3. He is on a first-name basis with every political reporter in Washington.

4. No one in Washington (with the possible exception of South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham) better understands the give and take between politics and policy better than Emanuel.

5. He comes from a ridiculously accomplished family. One of his brothers -- Ezekiel -- is the chairman of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health while another brother -- Ari -- is a Hollywood agent and the basis for the character of "Ari Gold" on HBO's "Entourage." And, no, we are not kidding.

6. He is a man comfortable with profanity. Extremely comfortable. And the more he swears at you, the more he likes you.

7. Although known as a relentless partisan warrior, he has made some friends and allies across the aisle. Witness this statement by Lindsey Graham: "Rahm knows Capitol Hill and has great political skills. He can be a tough partisan but also understands the need to work together. He is well-suited for the position of White House Chief of Staff."

8. The foremost Rahm scholar among reporters? Naftali Bendavid of the Chicago Tribune, who wrote a book entitled "The Thumpin': How Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats Learned to Be Ruthless and Ended the Republican Revolution."

9. Advice to incoming White House staff from DCCC executive director Brian Wolff: "Develop a thick skin, cancel vacations, weddings and all personal appointments........learn what the term 25/8 means......25 hours a day .....8 days a week......expect to be available."

10. Rahm's closest friend in Congress: Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro. (He lives in a basement apartment in DeLauro's house -- she is married to Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg -- during his time in Washington).

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 6, 2008; 5:04 PM ET
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I would just like to add that I really find it offensive to be 'YELLED' at by certain commentators in capital letters when they cannot even construct a proper sentence or spell words correctly using this immature Grade 0 way of expressing themselves. Do some reading, educate yourself - it truly is worthwhile.

Posted by: Argylle | November 10, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

For goodness sake, Barack Obama has only just been elected did you think that we would all wake up on the 5 November with a new world laid out at our feet, angels singing and money pouring from the sky? He is a good man who intends doing good not a miracle maker at least give him the chance to become the official president before expecting him to do the impossible. I certainly do not envy him the upward battle he is going to fight in the next few years he will need all the help and support all of us can give him. Rahm Emanuel is a wise choice and will certainly be of great help with all his experience.

Posted by: Argylle | November 10, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

What a sense of relief to know that Rahm Emmanuel is Obama's COS. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Rahm during Obama's first Presser - definitely someone who has Obama's back. Thank God.

Posted by: cymric | November 9, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

will someone ask him if he is pushing for war with Iran... !

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 9, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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During the campaign everyone said that if we elected a black person to be President all the world's problems would be solved - all the nations of the world would have peace because we did that - the Middle East would have peace because we did that - and everything would be great.

What happened?


Why didn't all the wars end immediately?

Why isn't the economy back?


Why isn't everyone singing Kum-ba-ya ???

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

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During the campaign everyone said that if we elected a black person to be President all the world's problems would be solved - all the nations of the world would have peace because we did that - the Middle East would have peace because we did that - and everything would be great.

What happened?


Why didn't all the wars end immediately?

Why isn't the economy back?


Why isn't everyone singing Kum-ba-ya ???

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Posted by: 37thOSt | November 8, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

I admire Congresswoman DeLauro. She has been on Lou Dobbs several times this year. He is the only person doing serious reporting on the poisoning of our food supply by Chinese Trade Deals and the Salmonella tomato outbreak that was very serious. Lou's hard hitting lady reporter was the first to nail that it was not tomatos...it was jaleno peppers...salsa..from Mexico. Rep. DeLauro pushed for Country of Origin labels...More regulation and oversight.
You know what about Lou Dobbs? He has REAL women on his show. NOT eye candy. Female Reporters who dig and irritate congressfolks like Emmaneul no end.Guests like Rep. DeLauro who take seriously their vows of service for the public good.
I also heard a story today that when Clinton was elected, Ralm Emmaneul took a knife..and when an enemy of Clinton was named..he would stick the knife in the table and yell..."Dead".
UGH. Scary stuff.Vindictive. And Orthodox Judism DOES not tolerate that kind of behavior. or Thinking.

Posted by: amberteka | November 7, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Rosa DeLauro is one of his best friends?

She's tough too, but is also amazingly nice and sweet.

Maybe as a favor to Rosa Obama's budget will fully fund New Haven's vast mass transit dreams...

Posted by: CTMan | November 7, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

"But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." These are the Words of Jesus; from Matt.5:44. As governmental leaders we need to pray. If prayer is prohibited,(like it was for Daniel) This great country will suffer. Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego refused to bow down to idols. I also refuse to bow down to them. Especially the "idol of political correctness." Mr. Emanuel, I am so happy to see you. If you are just a "cultural" Jew,You are still connected. Please read the 27th Psalm. Shalom. Robert Dominguez

Posted by: rdominguez42 | November 7, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow that didn't take long. 72 hours later we already have an Israeli citizen in top position in the white house...fascinating stuff! I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Posted by: ZedBasha | November 7, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

disunion:

Obviously Rahm and the Clinton team, after a long campaign, were having a bit of fun channeling the Belushi/Blutarski moment from "Animal House" ("Marmalard? DEAD! Neidermeyer? DEAD!") Lighten up.

Posted by: pcpatterson | November 7, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

exactly how does being born in Illinois qualify one as a "foreign national"?

Posted by: pcpatterson | November 7, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse


Something's definitely wrong with someone who lists enemies of his party and stabs the head table and then saying, "Dead!" each time.

Is Emanuel the best Obama could do?

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

How can a citizen of ANY foreign nation serve as White House Chief of Staff? I hope the GOP raises a stink about this, even if only to cause trouble.

And having a terrorist father is beyond the pale.

Posted by: Garak | November 7, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Clearvision, be assured that if Obama ever becomes inarticulate, incompetent, dishonest, brutal, stupid, arrogant, cowardly, clownlike, illiterate, devious,embarassing, and manipulable by evil men, I'll be the first to do as you suggest and give him the deference I give George W. Bush.
Come on, say it with us: President-elect Bararck Obama!

Posted by: ncahill1 | November 7, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Top Rahmen.
Rah Rah Rahm.
Tha Rahminator.
Rahm for all and all for Rahm!

Rahm is not red
Rahm is blue
Rahm kicked the Repubs arse
And we helped too!

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | November 7, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Rahm Emmanuel is also a Israeli citizen and a Israel-uber-alles guy.

Posted by: armpeg | November 7, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Please add an 11 fact: Rahm Emmanuelle is appealing, and handsome! In addition, that knows good politics!

My blog is: http://maruangarita.blogspot.com/

Posted by: MaruAngarita | November 7, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The 11th thing to know about Avrahm "rahm" Israel Emmanuel, he's going to try to push through another peace-offer that the Palestinians will have to refuse because it will give the Palestinians hardly anything when they are entitled to everything! Doing this will make help recover the "Jews are the Good Guys" baloney image, but we know that Zionism is anything but good. Like any good Zionist he wants power for Israel, and he mistakenly thinks that violent power will cause people around the world to respect Israel. All Zionists are of the extreme "ethnic-identity" Right!

Posted by: libertine666 | November 7, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Another millionaire at the top of government. Seems admission price to be in the highest levels of government is pretty steep.

Posted by: plombard | November 7, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Are you going to support the efforts of our new president when he takes office or are you going to continue to make accusations and evil remarks? Many people around the world are embracing our President elect but many of our own citizens aren’t willing to give him a chance to prove himself.
We are in a horrible crisis brought on mainly by our current administration. We were steadfast in hoping our leaders would take actions to make necessary changes and it never happened yet we were patient in believing they loved America as much as we, not to see it crumble.
Are you going to be behind our new leader or continue to let the rest of the world see your hate towards him who has yet taken office.
Remember, if our country sinks, we all go down! We best pray for President Elect Obama, that he’d be blessed and guided by God to put our nation back on track and back in a blessed state.

Posted by: knighte321 | November 7, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

He is married. Goes to a conservative synagogue. Still dances (and does triathlons). And cut his finger at Arby's, not a deli.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 7, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Someone offered the opinion that: "With Emmanuel and Biden so close, we know this will be a pro-Israel presidency."

The last thing Israel really needs is another "pro-Israel" American administration. This will sound like a paradox... it is merely ironic.

Israel's existence as a Jewish state is most seriously threatened, now and in the years to come, NOT by belligerent Arab states on its borders (unless Israel itself attacks one or more of them again), but by the demographic time bomb Israel is sitting on in the occupied territories. The day is close when Arabs in Israel itself and in the territories it occupies begin to outnumber Jewish citizens of Israel by larger and larger margins.

In time, the State of Israel will have only very limited options concerning these people...they cannot be kept under military occupation forever; it just isn't possible. What are those options? One is to permit a "two-state solution", withdraw from the occupied territories and leave the Palestinians be to establish their own state... but the Israeli right wing and settler movements have never accepted this, and have done everything in their power to make it impossible. And unquestioning American support of the Israeli government has permitted them the luxury of avoiding the hard political decisions that WILL inevitably have to be made. This has empowered the settlements to be expanded to the point that a two state solution may ALREADY be impossible, and that option therefore may be gone.

The other "solutions" include the unthinkable... forced deportation or extermination of the Palestinians. There might be some in Israel (and the US) who would approve of such a thing, but most Israelis and Americans, Jews, Christians or otherwise, would find even the suggestion abhorrent. Israel might then CALL itself a "Jewish State", but what is Judaism without justice?

The remaining solution would be for Israel to formally annex all the occupied territories, granting full rights of citizenship to all adult residents without regard to ethnicity. But with a majority Arab population, that would immediately end Israel as a specifically Jewish State.

An American administration that could serve as an honest broker between Israel and the Palestinians, WITHOUT bias for or against either party, would compel Israel to come to terms with its real options and make the hard decisions that must be made. And THAT is probably the only chance, in the long run, for the salvation of a Jewish Israel.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | November 7, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

But is he married?? He's definitely HOT.

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

You forgot to add that he's an unqualified supporter of Israel, no matter what Israel does and whatever the cost to America. Just what we need, another partisan hack for the racist, apartheid Zionist regime. Add that to the baggage Biden brings to the show, and you can be sure American will be just as much in thrall to Israel under Obama as it has been under Bush.

Posted by: bludg | November 7, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

what .. no post about Obama's african american supporters Voting down civil rights for Gays?

Posted by: newagent99

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As a friend emailed me:

"Everyone has to have someone to look down on."

In addition, Obama got more votes than Kerry from every demographic group save two: whites over 65 and gays/lesbians.

Humanity: ain't it grand?

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It is little more complicated than that and the vote but I am glad to see that the right wing idiot base continues to come here to p*ss on things - I guess it beats screaming into your pillows and gnashing your teeth. awwww...still sore from the reaming?

Posted by: LABC | November 7, 2008 12:02 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 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Dwight- why don't you go on over to Freeper or LGF and work on the Fauxnews boycott?

Posted by: silverspring25 | November 7, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

When Rahm Emanuel worked in a deli, he sliced off the top of his middle finger. maybe he curses because he can't give people the finger.

Posted by: sensible | November 7, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Here at The Fix we aim to bring readers only the news they need to know".....here lies the problem. Trust was lost this election, I don't believe the media's judgment in deciding what we NEED to know. I want to know without your opinion getting in the way of facts! I witnessed such bias from people we entrust to bring the facts not their opinions. I no longer subscribe to Newsweek or Time. I no longer watch MSNBC( was a faithful viewer ever since Aron Brown left CNN,wouldn't watch it now if it was the only news channel). Papers are even worse, how sad that we can't trust our politicians... now we can't trust the ones that are suppose to report on them!

Posted by: daisy_mom4 | November 7, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"... the only concession to white-bread names ..."

DonJasper:

everyone knows that white bread is bad for you. You need the whole grain.

Posted by: j_s_nightingale | November 7, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Could you do a story as to how Rahm is involved in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as Barney Frank and his significant other, among others?
Thanks

Posted by: SparklestheClown | November 7, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

what .. no post about Obama's african american supporters Voting down civil rights for Gays?

Posted by: newagent99

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As a friend emailed me:

"Everyone has to have someone to look down on."

In addition, Obama got more votes than Kerry from every demographic group save two: whites over 65 and gays/lesbians.

Humanity: ain't it grand?

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 7, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Must read:

Behind the scenes of the Presidential election:

http://www.newsweek.com/id/167582

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 7, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

what .. no post about Obama's african american supporters Voting down civil rights for Gays?

Posted by: newagent99 | November 7, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

The irony is delicious.

For months we've been hearing that Obama is secretly a Muslim and a terrorist and his election will mean the end of Israel.

Then he picks Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff.

The Republicans are spinning so fast they must be getting vertigo.

Posted by: Bondosan | November 7, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Those who "live by the sword, die by the sword." Yes?/No?

Posted by: Tamerack | November 7, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

#X should be that he attended New Trier West High School.

Hey, so did I, same graduating class, but I never laid eyes on the guy. Maybe he was over in that giant Theater building all the time.

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And selling Arby's next to the Old Orchard theater.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 7, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse


I feel a little better about this presidency now that Obama has chosen one of the chosen for his Chief of Staff. Too bad Obama and Emmanuel weren't closer during the election cycle. All of those taunts about him being an Arab or a Muslim would have been dispelled much easier. With Emmanuel and Biden so close, we know this will be a pro-Israel presidency.

Posted by: SNCinDC | November 7, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

"He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and is a classically trained dancer."

I'm trying to figure out why I needed to know that.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 7, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

So much for links to Palestinians, radical Muslims, or terrorists. Rahm Emanuel is as rabidly pro-Israel as you can get. He served briefly in the Israeli Defense Forces during the first Gulf War. He won't be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Farrakhan and he won't be around long if Obama does.

Posted by: seemstome | November 7, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse


It seems every president gets into office using a mixture of truth and lies.
I voted for Bush in 2000 based on his position as a uniter and his stand against nation buildng.
I voted for Obama for the same reason.
Hope I didn't get fooled again.

Posted by: seemstome | November 7, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

#X should be that he attended New Trier West High School.

Hey, so did I, same graduating class, but I never laid eyes on the guy. Maybe he was over in that giant Theater building all the time.

Posted by: jackson8 | November 7, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza: Emanuel is a man comfortable with profanity. Extremely comfortable. And the more he swears at you, the more he likes you.

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So when he infamously said: "The Republicans can go "F" themselves!"......he was really showing his affection for Republicans? Cool, I get it now.

Hey Clizza, WHAT PLANET ARE YOU ON?

Posted by: lt1z28 | November 7, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

You bigots tried hard to find fault with President Elect Obama and could not find any valid fault. Now you're attacking his cabinet choices. Why don't you give the man a chance? We black Americans put up with a lot of corrupt and dysfunctional presidents all our lives, we now want to embrace the change. Why don't you do the same and report the positives and report something encouraging.
I don’t care what comments you send back, I’m not even going to attempt to read any, because I know that many of them will be hate filled. I’m glad to see that your hidden racism has finally been brought to the forefront.

Posted by: knighte321 | November 7, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Yep, Emanuel is such a firebrand and left winger - that is why someone as far left and radical as Senator Graham had such high praise for him.

Posted by: Charming1 | November 7, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Posted by Ohiocitizen: McCain displayed his essential America-first quality in his gracious, beneficent concession speech Election night. This is quite a contrast to the extremely partisan remarks emanating from the far-right House Republicans.
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The only time Senator McCain put country first was in his concession speech. If he had chosen (chosen is the operative word - it was NO ONE's choice but Senator McCain's) the high road campaign such as President-elect Obama's instead of the elect me because this is my last chance campaign, he would still have lost because he had nothing new to offer but 4 more years of failed Bush policy.

If I hear one more time about how noble and honorable Senator McCain is - I will probably throw something at the wall. The luckiest thing for Senator McCain is he was running against someone who chose to take the high road. There are an awful lot of skeletons in the Senator's 7 closets. You have to find them for yourself becauses the MSM for sure isn't going to write or say anything that will damage their hero.

Posted by: Charming1 | November 7, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Here are two more fun facts:

11. Although he loves to take credit for the 2006 gfains in the House
(using his friends in the press as stenographers), in fact
Rahm personally selected a number of complete turkeys as
candidates (serial-adulterer, Republican-turned-Democrat Tim Mahoney in Florida; the double amputee female Iraq veteran in Illinois who got $3 million of DCCC money in 2006 and still couldn't get elected, ...).

12. Rahm opposed and ridiculed Howard Dean's 50 state strategy,
which laid the groundwork for this year's electoral college blowout.

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

RexRacer: very well said! Extremist Republicans have no sense of honor or shame and no sense of irony.

They will attack and smear Democrats with lies, half-truths, contempt and disrespect, then cry false outrage when caught.

That's why the American people rejected their hateful trash at all levels, all over the country.

Posted by: tunghoy | November 7, 2008 7:04 AM | Report abuse

"How about Rahm's dad being a former member of Irgun, the Israeli terrorist group?
Rahm reportedly has dual US-Israeli citizenship.
Let's have a Change in the playing field.
Posted by: punkumin | November 6, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse"

can rahm get a top secret security clearence with dual citizenship?

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 7, 2008 6:42 AM | Report abuse

According the NYT Mr Emanuel is a pro-
israeli hardliner. Are there clues from his past decisions that confirm this ?
Are we in for another 8 years of confrontation or can we hope for
a peaceful settlement at last in palestine ?

Posted by: supporter | November 7, 2008 6:25 AM | Report abuse

The NYT stated that Rahm is a pro-israeli hardliner. Do you agree and how has he behaved in the palestinian conflict in the past ? How will the new government deal with the age-old conflict ? Any clues ? Will there be a peaceful agreement at last or are we going for another 8 years of confrontation ?

Posted by: supporter | November 7, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Congressman Rahm Emanuel is the classical enabler of the finacial crisis the United States.
As a board member of Freddie Mac, he approved false accounting reports to the Federal government.
He lobbied his friends on Capitol Hill for funding the government sponcored entity and for the subsequential bailout of Freddie Mac.
President-elect Barack Obama is showing his socialist intention and partisan approach to governing early.

Posted by: GuyETolete | November 7, 2008 4:41 AM | Report abuse

McCain is an American hero. No Democrat has ever attempted to dispute that. Had the Republicans nominated a more Bush-oriented candidate, a more conservative nominee, their defeat would have been even greater.

There is no Republican other than McCain who would have had a reasonable shot at winning in 2008. The Republican candidate was saddled with a failed right-wing Bush Presidency. People are facing real world problems and don't have time for inconsequential cultural/social issue debates.

McCain displayed his essential America-first quality in his gracious, beneficent concession speech Election night. This is quite a contrast to the extremely partisan remarks emanating from the far-right House Republicans.

It is appalling to hear right-wing dirtbags like John Boehner and Rush Limbaugh run down McCain. Obama has been elected, and as McCain said so eloquently on Tuesday night, he is now my President, OUR PRESIDENT---everyone's President.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 7, 2008 3:54 AM | Report abuse

If the republicans thought for one minute they were going to intimidate Obama, they thought wrong. Bring Emanuel into his inner circle says it all: he intends to run the Oval Office with the same determination and disciple as he ran his campaign.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | November 6, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

clearvision1:

You know, it's late and I really need to go to bed, but I could write all night in response to your pathetic little post below.

Do you remember 2004, when Conservatives went after John Kerry's war record? This was part of the Rove philosophy of "going after your opponent's strengths."

Kerry received three Purple Hearts in Vietnam. Three. Now, you could have disagreed with his ideas and his proposed policies, but no, Conservatives dug up a bunch of Vets who never served with Kerry but who somehow claimed that he didn't deserve his Purple Hearts.

This was not some fringe group acting on their own. This was carefully orchestrated. Remember the purple heart "band-aids" at the Republican Convention? Hardy, har har!

The guy who funded the Swift Boaters is now our ambassador to Belgium. He had no prior diplomatic, foreign policy, or government experience and the Senate wouldn't even confirm him, so Bush appointed him on recess.

This is the same president who used his family connections to jump the line and get into the Texas Air National Guard (and who even left that assignment early so he could help his father campaign for office), and a vice president who got an almost unheard-of FIVE deferments.

Now, there are a LOT of veterans out there who have made all kinds of accusations about John McCain. They say that he got special treatment as a POW because he collaborated with the enemy. They say he intentionally blocked investigations into MIAs to hide his own complicity. They've called him a Manchurian candidate. Lots of nasty stuff.

Did you ONCE hear ANYONE in the Obama campaign EVER question McCain's service?

Did you EVER hear anyone in the Obama campaign question John McCain's patriotism or love of country?

Did you hear ANYONE at the Democratic National Convention mock or belittle John McCain in the way that Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and Sarah Palin mocked and belittled Barack Obama?

So turn off Rush, turn off Hannity, stop watching and listening to your usual assortment of hate and venom-spewing programming. Stop reading Coulter and Malkin, open up your eyes, start thinking for yourself, and wish the new president well in his efforts to clean up the mess left behind by Bush and his cronies.

Posted by: RexRacer | November 6, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

clearvision1:

In fact, most Liberals DID give W the benefit of the doubt, despite the fact that Al Gore got 500,000 more votes than he did, and ALL the conservatives on the Supreme Court voted to stop the Florida recount in its tracks in opposition to their usual conservative philosophy of leaving states alone.

Following 9/11, Bush had virtually the whole country behind him as we toppled the Taliban and went in search of Bin Laden.

It was only after Bush decided to adopt the neocon wet dream and invade Iraq (leaving the mission in Afghanistan unfinished and Bin Laden on the loose) that Liberals (read: any American with a lick of sense) turned rather furiously against him.

And allowing Karl Rove and his disciples to smear folks like Senator Max Cleland, who left three limbs in Vietnam, as being "unpatriotic," certainly didn't help.

So yeah, we think you should be supportive of the new president.

But I'll tell you what: if President Obama decides to invade a country that never attacked us, if he authorizes the torture of prisoners, and manages to turn a surplus into a trillion dollar deficit, then by all means...criticize away!

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

JoshS24 -
I was going to say that too- they even included the dead fish story and reading the rolling stone profile feels like you are reading a Josh Lyman profile piece.

Amazing how this election has mirrored the West Wings final seasons.

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

I see a lot of posts with the sentiment that conservatives should give Barry a chance and just be quiet as he takes his first steps to fundamentally change America. I guess to the libs posting such ideas how about a deal. We'll give Barry as much deference as you gave W. How about it. Deal?

Posted by: clearvision1 | November 6, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to pure political theatre, nothing tops this report on Palin that aired of Fox.

Revelations that Palin thought that Africa was a country make one wonder how Senator McCain could have chosen a person so uniquely unqualified for the job.

Break out the popcorn:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/11/mccain-aides-unload-on-palin.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 6, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama. Rahm Emanuel. Sounds like a great start to a football team. (Who names thier child Clinton anyway?) I guess the only concession to white-bread names is Joe Biden.

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

Over the years the republican party has evolved from a party that was fiscally conservative but otherwise stayed in the middle of the road and OUT OF MY BEDROOM into a party that likes to look over fences and into bedroom windows to make sure I live by their credo's In the meantime they have spent this country into bankruptcy. Abortion is between a woman, her husband/boyfriend and her doctor. If two guys or two women want to sleep together that's their problem as long as they do it behind close doors. Until the republicans understand that they will be a minority party, if that.

Posted by: Opa2 | November 6, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The COS is the dragon at the gate. Emmanuel is a fire-breathing dragon. Glad to know Pres. Obama has someone smart, savvy, and ruthless to watch his back.

Posted by: cymric | November 6, 2008 8:37 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 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone noticing the difference between Senate Republicans and House Republicans in their reactions to the election and to the incoming administration? House Republicans seem to want to engage in partisan bickering and backbiting before the fight has even begun while Senate Republicans appear to be taking a more measured, mature, responsible wait-and-see, optimistic, looking for common-ground approach.

I would attribute this to a couple things. First, Obama, Biden and McCain are all products of the Senate. Their colleagues know Obama and Biden and respect them. So there is unlikely to be overly partisan attacks from Senators toward the new Administration at this point and Republican Senators are more likely to follow McCain's lead in attempting to adopt a collegial mentality.

House Republicans, on the other hand, are a smaller, more conservative, more ideologically-oriented group than their Senate counterparts. They are trying to get attention, to get someone to regard them as important.

Obama will need the help of Republican Senators. He may not necessarily need the help of House Republicans. Certainly, the new Administration will try to work with centrist-oriented House Republicans, but the key group in the House, those who are in position to really impact policy are the Blue-Dog Democrats---the deficit hawks who are moderate/conservative Democrats. This is the group, assuming it maintains group cohesiveness, that will require placation if the new Administration is to realize its legislative goals.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 6, 2008 8:22 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?
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http://scattershooting.wordpress.com

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

I think this is great. No more lazy, ill-conceived b------t like the last eight years.

Profanity is good, that shows someone is real.

Posted by: jwallace1 | November 6, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

btw, It will make great political theater watching Cantor and Emmanuel going at it....Emmanuel will leave Cantor wishing he had been a cantor! Ari in the WH!

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

@wpost4112: you make some good points, but pleeeease, let's not confuse Jewish with "pro-Israel" or to borrow your language exactly "Israel leaning." I'm sure that most Jews, obviously, want to see a peaceful settlement - as do most people more generally. But when we make statements that seem to equate standing by Israel's policies and government, and being a Jew, we set ourselves up for problems. You can be Jewish and yet not be supportive of a lot of what Israel has been doing in the middle east.

Posted by: cprach

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Agree completely.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

@wpost4112: you make some good points, but pleeeease, let's not confuse Jewish with "pro-Israel" or to borrow your language exactly "Israel leaning." I'm sure that most Jews, obviously, want to see a peaceful settlement - as do most people more generally. But when we make statements that seem to equate standing by Israel's policies and government, and being a Jew, we set ourselves up for problems. You can be Jewish and yet not be supportive of a lot of what Israel has been doing in the middle east.

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

Great pick, I can't think of anyone better to stop an overexcited Democratic Congress from drifing too far left (see the irony of Republican protests there?). Also, together with Biden, Obama has two people in his inner circle whose loyalty is unwavering, who are not afraid to speak their mind and who know the inner workings of Congress like no other. They will be instrumental in all of his legislative efforts.

Posted by: CohtR | November 6, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Israel leaning Jew.....

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Um. What Jew doesn't lean towards Israel?

That's like saying the Ted Kennedy is a Ireland-leaning Catholic.

Sounds like the Palestinians are being rigid.

Israel, for all its faults, is our ally.

Obama is not even President yet and Emmanuel is not the Secretary of State.

So, chill with the caps.

Posted by: wpost4112 | November 6, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama's PRESIDENCY has been praised by the entire world hoping that being a just, fair and decent human being, the way he has portrayed himself, he will bring respect for America and he will established America as the kinder, gentle, peace loving, fair and just Super power.
But within 24-hours he is losing the respect from some of the world Nations including the oppressed Palestinians by appointing the harsh and right wing Israel leaning Jew as his Chief Of Staff. IF HE WILL CONTINUE SUCH APPOINTMENTS, PEOPLE WILL FIND OUT VERY SOON, WHETHER HE IS CAPABLE OF MAKING ANY POITIVE CHANGES IN THE AMERICAN POLICIES OR WILL USE THE SAME OLD CARDS? AND LIKE BUSH, HE WILL ALSO LOSE HIS AND AMERICA'S IMAGE WITHIN FEW DAYS OR MONTHS.

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

Why don't the Republicans and the Rightwing nuts just shut up and let the new President get to work. It's like they didn't hear what the American voters said on Tuesday. Poor whimpering Republicans ... after decades of hyper-partisanship, it's all they know. Sit down!

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

How about Rahm's dad being a former member of Irgun, the Israeli terrorist group?

Rahm reportedly has dual US-Israeli citizenship.

Let's have a Change in the playing field.

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

Emanuel is not as much of a flaming liberal as the Hannity crowds makes him out to be. The RNC and Boehner need to lay off and give Obama a chance to set things up. He's not even in office for crying out loud...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1

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That funny thing is that Emmanuel was chosen not to keep the Repubs in line but to keep the far left Dems in line.

He's the bad cop to Bama's good cop. Brilliant pick.

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

Emanuel is not as much of a flaming liberal as the Hannity crowds makes him out to be. The RNC and Boehner need to lay off and give Obama a chance to set things up. He's not even in office for crying out loud...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 6, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

i don't think people have a problem with Israel, but with extreme Zionists...those who continue to build settlements on Palestinian land...or their supporters...not that most Americans understand the difference given lingering anti-semitism and general international ignorance.

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

12. Lindsey Graham praises Emmanuel choice.

Clearly the Repubs are not united and are doing nothing to regroup. Cantor will make it even worse.

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

Follow Rahm Emanuel on Line Spout. http://www.linespout.com?q=rahm

Posted by: ard1 | November 6, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

It seems, based on the comments following Chris' previous post, that the anti-Israel folks are starting to post here.

Folks: I am all for the Palestinians having a country with defined borders that can live in peace with Israel. But please understand, Israel isn't going anywhere.

With the proper security guarantees, Israel will probably give up more land for peace, but the country is not going to pack up and move away or simply disappear. The pro-Palestinian dead-enders who want all of Israel to become a Palestinian state...it's not going to happen. Not today. Not tomorrow. Not in 100 years.

Once you accept that, then we can begin building a genuine peace in the Middle East.

Oh, and the one president who actually forged a lasting peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors?

Jimmy Carter.

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

11. In high school, he worked behind the counter at Arby's in Skokie when Arby's sandwiches were excellent. Which means I must have bought hundreds of them from him.

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

IF YOU SEEN ROBERT GIBBS AND SEAN HANNITY'S INTERVIEW...PLEASE SPEAK UP!

Posted by: opp88 | November 6, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 6, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

OVER 62+ MILLION PEOPLE VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA...52.6%

HANNITY DO NOT HAVE A CHANCE WITH ALL THESE PEOPLE! KEEP HANNITY IN CHECK!

ATTACK HANNITY... IF HE GETS OUT OF LINE..DON'T MAKE HIM A HERO...IF HANNITY PROMOTING HATE?..THAT IS NO HERO, AMERICA!

MR. OBAMA President of the U.S. needs our help still. We need to keep our eye on the in house enemy! Quote.."HANNITY'S AMERICA"

Mr. Sean Hannity feels the need to continue to (DIVIDE AMERICA) with his rant and raves about quote "associations"
our goal here should be to keep his rhetoric straight talk!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgn6rjGbp0c

IN THIS PIECE ABOVE MR. SEAN HANNITY RIGHTOUSLY BEING "ASSOCIATED WITH TERROR!"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/vp/26877217

ABOVE ARE JUST PLAN COMEDY FOLKS! THE BEST POLITICAL COMEDY IN DECADES.

Posted by: opp88 | November 6, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Emanuel is the ultimate mensch!

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

You forgot the part about the West Wing Character Joh Lyman being loosely based on Rahm.

Posted by: JoshS24 | November 6, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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