NBC: Rahm Emanuel accepts position as Obama’s chief of staff

posted at 3:03 pm on November 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

Believe it — Mr. Cool and Captain F-Bomb, together at last. Yuval Levin reads the writing on the wall:

He is smart and tough. But he has been, in both positions [as Clinton staffer and House member], 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.

Daschle was the touted alternative; instead, he went with a crony from Chicago. Word on the street is that we could be looking at Secretary of State John Kerry by the end of the week. Can you feel it?

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Well, that’s favor #1 off the list.

Obama’s going to be running around for the next four years like Earl Hickey, crossing off favors from the list he keeps in his shirt pocket.

“Emanuel? Check. Filled Peggy the Moocher’s gas tank? Check. Closed eyes and whistled while Iran nuked Israel? Oh yeah, big ol’ check.”

By the way, hello all. I’m one of the noobs. Damn glad to be here.

mikefln on November 5, 2008 at 9:06 PM

I’m Canadian….
ProfessorMiao on November 5, 2008 at 4:41 PM

I had that figured out with your reference to “Labour Day!”

Seriously, I liken the current GWOT situation to WWII. Instead of Nazis, Europe has been occupied by radical Muslims. It’s up to North America to be the bulwark that repels this force. I’m disappointed that Obama was elected because putting somebody with Hussein as a middle name and a documented history of being attracted to Islam is not the most reassuring circumstance that the US will continue to fight terrorism.

highhopes on November 5, 2008 at 11:38 PM

*** UPDATE *** In an email to NBC News, Emanuel spokeswoman Sarah Feinberg denies the reporting that Emanuel has accepted the chief of staff job.

This from the link. I can’t understand why he’d want to give up his #4 house position to caddy for BHO, what with Pelosi and Hoyer not getting any younger.

Of course if he turns down BO, that won’t look very good either will it now?

youngjim on November 6, 2008 at 12:19 AM

Obama’s first actions in pursuing non-partican solutions is to make his first appointments two of the most partisan political hacks he can find. Emanuel and Gibbs? What the hell? And Kerry as SecState? OMG, this is gonna get ugly.

Lawrence on November 6, 2008 at 11:39 AM

So much for Obama reaching out to the other side. Emanuel is a partisan bomb thrower.

gary fouse

gary fouse on November 6, 2008 at 1:35 PM

So…how long do you think they will be friends after the tape leaks out with khalidi?


Where’s the diversity?

Moaneeca on November 6, 2008 at 4:45 PM


He claims his home as a charitable foundation…no property taxes to pay. Amazing…another Dem hack.

nor on November 6, 2008 at 6:15 PM

I think he is going to be bashing Democrat heads in Congress rather than Republicans in the next Administration.

lexhamfox on November 6, 2008 at 8:52 PM

He is busy sealing his own doom! I wonder if he’s letting Michelle pick these? They sound like more her choices than his.

jeanie on November 6, 2008 at 9:30 PM

That man Emanuel had his hands in Hud, Fannie and Freddie Wonder how much of a fortune he made off of his part?

sheebe on November 7, 2008 at 11:55 AM