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What About Rahm?

Filed under: Government — DRJ @ 1:23 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Yesterday’s news was that Rahm Emanuel is expected to step down as Chief of Staff, largely because his political style doesn’t mesh with the President’s. Today’s news from Chicago may be a more accurate explanation:

“President Barack Obama’s chief of staff, then a congressman in Illinois, apparently attempted to trade favors with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich while he was in office, according to newly disclosed e-mails obtained by The Associated Press.”

The Blagojevich trial is underway in Chicago. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how often the President has been briefed on the details of that trial?

MORE: In the comments of another thread, elissa notes that Rahm Emanuel and this story turned up in the Blago trial today.


28 Responses to “What About Rahm?”

  1. Whenever they say its about family… its not.

    i think i would die of shock should it ever be proven that a man who quits to spend more time with family, in reality did actually want to spend more time with them.

    But on the other hand, Rahm complaining that the Obamaphiles are too naive has a ring of truth to it.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  2. Put em on the stand, Blago- why take the fall for Team Obama…?

    And don’t forget Rezko!

    Reaganite Republican (6836b1)

  3. Rahm Emanuel is yet another corrupt piece of Illinois (Chicago) political crap. The fit is about to hit the shan regarding his connection to Blago; therefore, he’s getting ready to high-tail it into corporate lobbyist obscurity.

    Icy Texan (0eee0e)

  4. Sigh. Is there anyone from Chicago politics who isn’t corrupt? I mean, I heard that RE lived in a condo paid for by BP.

    And we already know about BP contributions to BHO’s campaign. Which makes me wonder: why doesn’t POTUS return that “tainted” money? I only say this because of the way he sneers at big business…while taking their cash.

    Now, the response is usually, hey, this is Big Boy politics. But how does that square with that whole Hope and Change business?

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  5. Small, sad men without honesty,integrity,and decorum running our Nation with insidious arrogance.

    mike191 (0bc93e)

  6. “Small, sad men without honesty,integrity,and decorum running our Nation with insidious arrogance.”

    You mean him?

    Triumph (b66fe4)

  7. Rahm-Ahlam-A-Ding-Dong is coming back to set himself up to run for Mayor of Chicago. That is the job that he has his eyes on. The stuff that has come out so far as far as trade offs and back room deals with Blago means little. It will be forgotten unless there is something there that is a real stunner. Daley is probably good for one more term. Rahm-Alahm knows that. He will take some nice corporate gig for a very handsome salary and wait for Daley to hang it up, much to the great loss of the City of Chicago.

    BT (74cbec)

  8. I’m not so sure that Daley’s awesome for Chicago anymore, BT – he’s made a joke of his budgetary processes by blowing all of the surpluses during the boom years and now we’re all paying the price. He’s auctioned off the parking meters for purely a short – term fix, and now he’s going to try to auction off Midway Airport again, and to hell with the future revenues for the city that will be foregone.

    Is there anyone from Chicago politics who isn’t corrupt?

    There was – the previous Senator Fitzgerald, who had the balls to do what he thought was right for his constituents, both Republican and Democratic. He was the one who underwent fierce resistance from the Dems here as well as Rove when he pushed for the first independent Federal prosecutor for IL. After he got Fitzgerald appointed, the long knives of The Combine came out and he was forced out of office by his own party.

    Dmac (cfe27e)

  9. Dmac, I didn’t mean to imply that about Daley. My bad. However, given a choice between two evils, Rahm or Daley, I will take Daley any day.

    Also you are absolutely correct about Peter Fitzgerald. He was the real deal and got run out by the R’s as well as the D’s. The Republican party in this state is a joke.(don’t get me started on Mark Kirk).

    BT (74cbec)

  10. Phlegm Emanuel
    The Petty Ballerina
    soon dance to new tune

    ColonelHaiku (2ce3dc)

  11. Phlegm Emanuel
    soon room with Big Ol’ Bubba
    if justice served

    ColonelHaiku (2ce3dc)

  12. Something about Phlegm
    cannot put finger on it
    march different drum

    ColonelHaiku (2ce3dc)

  13. Somehow it’s hard to get “naive” and “idealistic” from the Obama Admin. I get “bumbling” and “enchanted with their own nipples”.

    When a person is a Marxist, which Obama is – his actions declare him to be – I can’t but help think of idiots like George Bernard Shaw. Eugenics/genocide and Marxism go hand in hand, they always will.

    So, I look at people like Rahm and wonder if he isn’t the least messed up of the bunch. He’s a piece of nasty work, for sure. But true believers are even more deeply nasty.

    Vivian Louise (643333)

  14. I think Rahm would look good in orange.

    daleyrocks (1d0d98)

  15. If Boris Pasternak had met Rahm Emmanuel, he would have modeled “Strelnikov” after him.

    AD - RtR/OS! (a2aeeb)

  16. It’s Day 60 – Crisis in the Gulf: A Crisis of Leadership… as in there isn’t any. Rahm Emanuel would love to change the subject.

    This whole episode cries out for investigative reporting… but that presupposes an inclination on the part of the lame stream media to take an active interest in searching for the truth, wherever it leads. The Emperor has been naked for months now and the media can’t find an angle.

    GeneralMalaise (2ce3dc)

  17. GM, They are just “Blinded by the Light!”

    AD - RtR/OS! (a2aeeb)

  18. Emanuel and Blagojevich are good buddies and neighbors. They plotted their respective political careers, one as governor the other as U.S. representative, while jogging together at Budlong.

    nk (db4a41)

  19. However, given a choice between two evils, Rahm or Daley, I will take Daley any day.

    Agreed, but it’s still an awful choice, either way.

    Dmac (cfe27e)

  20. “Wrapped up like a douche
    another runner in the night”
    is that the way it goes, AD?

    GeneralMalaise (2ce3dc)

  21. Ian – If that all turns out to be true, it is clearly Bush’s fault.

    JD (41e5f8)

  22. WOW, Ian.

    No wonder these people were so eager to get a ‘settlement’ our of BP and shut as much discussion down.

    They really have a lot to cover up. I hope Barton has a free hand to investigate, but it’s clear the long knives are out to keep him from saying anything that might rock the boat. And I also doubt Barton’s up to the task. I’m not talking about the apology so much as the conclusory lameness of his questions. That didn’t get us anywhere.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  23. What’s so disturbing about Ian’s link is that BP was asking for help from Obama before the rig blew up and the disaster, which seems to have already been a major problem, occurred.

    Obama’s white house has a well known tendency to simply ignore requests for assistance if it’s not politically helpful. Now Obama’s looking for someone’s ass to kick. Unfortunately, this, in a simplistic sense, seems to mitigate BP’s ridiculous decisions in how they went about closing the well.

    That’s still the ultimate cause of the problem and politicians are going to avoid, at great cost, appearing to shift blame away. But when you have a huge problem like this and the White House refuses to help you, they deserve some blame.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  24. It does seem to be another instance of ‘failure to connect the dots’ BP was in contact with the MMS,
    but they had no guidance on how to proceed, and
    the info never reached Hayward seemingly

    ian cormac (38cac7)

  25. GM, just for you….

    “Blinded by the light,
    revved up like a deuce,
    another runner in the night
    Blinded by the light,
    revved up like a deuce,
    another runner in the night
    Blinded by the light,
    revved up like a deuce,
    another runner in the night
    Madman drummers bummers,
    Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
    In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
    With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin’ kinda older,
    I tripped the merry-go-round
    With this very unpleasin’, sneezin’ and wheezin,
    the calliope crashed to the ground
    The calliope crashed to the ground
    But she was…”

    AD - RtR/OS! (a2aeeb)

  26. mumps is so damn painfull that i don’t wanna hear about ,”:

    Brandon Scott (61c87c)

  27. mumps do really suck, it hurts so much ,~:

    Nursery Decoration  (5fd606)

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