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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And Secretary of State John Kerry.

carbon_footprint on November 5, 2008 at 3:03 PM

Oy vey.

An t-Oibriche Criosdail on November 5, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Secretary of Defense John Murtha

carbon_footprint on November 5, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Daley is on the transition team.

Change we had better believe in!!

MayBee on November 5, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Let the hating begin. Not from “our’ side, mind you.

bbz123 on November 5, 2008 at 3:05 PM

^ No, that wasn’t a Jewish reference – just, I mean…unbelievable.

An t-Oibriche Criosdail on November 5, 2008 at 3:05 PM

America loves a winner. Yeah, right?

ConservativePartyNow on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Global test.

Mark1971 on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

THE choice of servants is of no little importance to a prince, and they are good or not according to the discrimination of the prince. And the first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him; and when they are capable and faithful he may always be considered wise, because he has known how to recognize the capable and to keep them faithful. But when they are otherwise one cannot form a good opinion of him, for the prime error which he made was in choosing them.

thirteen28 on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Can’t wait for Sec. of Ed. Ayers!

Pasalubong on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

William Ayers Department of Education

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Hope and change, Chicago style.

mjk on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Pasalubong on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

great minds and all that

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Bleh.

peski on November 5, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Yep, the Chicago gangster that threatened to kill Clinton’s enemies with a steak knife. Great choice.

dinobalz on November 5, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Governing from the center…..not so much.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:07 PM

One interesting thing to watch will be how Biden will interact with the Secretary of State. My guess is there will be turf battles.

Mark1971 on November 5, 2008 at 3:08 PM

so how anti-Israel will he go with a Jew as his right hand man? of course he’s a secular jew so anything is possible

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:08 PM

OMG. SoS Kerry?! We are so doomed.

I don’t care if Obama makes a rotten choice for his WH CoS. Emmanuel can alienate, bully, and antagonize Obama’s staff all he likes. But the SoS affects us all, and we already passed our judgment on John Kerry’s fitness to administer foreign policy.

aero on November 5, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Gotta love that move to the center with Rahm-lol!

To quote Denny Green: “They are who we thought they were!”.
America- stuck on stupid

jjshaka on November 5, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Obama didn’t speak a word of truth this entire year. They were all lies. I expect this kind of news to get much, much worse. We will be looking at the most liberal, antagonistic administration in history.

bilups on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 PM

What’s the over-under on buyer’s remorse backlash? I think by August ’09 the media will start the O-bashin’

LibertyBoyNYC on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Yep, the Chicago gangster that threatened to kill Clinton’s enemies with a steak knife. Great choice.

dinobalz on November 5, 2008 at 3:07 PM

we basically elected teh Chicago Mob

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 PM


Can you feel it?

The bile rising up in the back of our throats? Yes we can!

Trace on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Head HUD Secretary Bawney Fwank

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 PM

a vicious graceless partisan: narrow, hectic, unremittingly aggressive, vulgar, and impatient

.

Did anyone expect anything different from these people. The coming years are going to be interesting to say the least.

Dritanian on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Oh dear lord.

*gulp*

flyawaybird on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

“Hey you 55 million McCain voters- nice 401K you got there.
Be a shame if something happened to it”- Barry

jjshaka on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

yeah, though they may well destroy the United States, if he’s going full blown leftist on us their will be a major backlash.

I don’t see how Obama can afford to allow blogs like this to stay in business. With everything he’s said that is on tape out there, to contrast to what he does??? How can the Dems allow that to happen when their whole Leftist agenda is based on Lies

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Ok those who voted for Obama, YOU are about to get thrown under the bus….. you deserve what you’re about to get.

MNDavenotPC on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Can’t wait for Sec Def Murtha!

Kid from Brooklyn on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

I love it. Not even pretending to be bipartisan. Emanuel is a punk. That ought to work out nicely.

And Kerry as Secretary of State? Wow. Well the initials are S.O.S. Hey, how bad could he suck. Colin Powell had the job before.

Sugar Land on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

You hit the nail on the head. He AVOIDS making decisions when ever possible.

GarandFan on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Ray Nagin – FEMA

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Kid from Brooklyn on November 5, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Ha! great minds think alike

jjshaka on November 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Maybe we should move to France, they are much more conservative than we are

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

Oh goody. And he comes replete with a nickname:
“Steak Knife”

Yeah, he’s Steak Knife to me.

Brat on November 5, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Michelle O for Secretary of Education anyone?

dinobalz on November 5, 2008 at 3:13 PM

At this potential rate, and if we all survive in one piece four years from now, Republicans could nominate a ham sandwich and get enough protest vote for at least a 50 electoral vote difference against this Obama administration.

Wineaholic on November 5, 2008 at 3:13 PM

will Michelle try to make a political career after they are done like Hillary?

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:13 PM

jp-
sarkozy and carla- seems like a paradise right about now, I’m sad to say.

jjshaka on November 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Stand by for Supreme Court Justices Hillary Clinton and Anthony Romero, as well as Press Secretary Keith Olbermann.

Kid from Brooklyn on November 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Wright as head of faith based initiatives

ConservativePartyNow on November 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

He is smart and tough. But he has been, in both positions

When referring to former friends of Bill, “both positions” brings unpleasant images to mind.

whitetop on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Rahm Emanuel is a vampire… I mean, look at those eyes.

I’m just sayin’….

creatocon on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Can you feel it?

I would rather not. I am numb right now.

upinak on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Press Secretary Keith Olbermann.

Kid from Brooklyn on November 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

I think it will be Olbermann AND Matthews, joined at their tingling legs.

Brat on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

What about the 300 advisers? Is he going to add over 200 cabinet positions for them?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

I’ll say It again:

Ya’ll expect to like anyone he nominates? Why bother getting worked up over it. You are going to hate them all. Accept it.

lorien1973 on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Let’s face it – we need our own Rahmbo.

woohoo on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

First indication of what a phony POS he is. Post-partisan my ass. Hey dimbo Americans…ever get the feeling you’ve been had? Next time maybe you’ll actually look into a candidate before voting for them because “they speak well.”

AmericanUnderground on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Kerry as SoS?
For heaven’s sake, won’t somebody think of the poor translators?

I dream of the Winter Soldiers thing just killing him in his confirmation hearing.

MayBee on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Sec of education Maxine Waters

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Wright as head of faith based initiatives

ConservativePartyNow on November 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Maybe he can stop the CIA spreading HIV in the CPT.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

William Ayers Department of Education

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:06 PM

I would that if this were to happen, that the tone of our opposition would shift from its current state to one teetering on the brink of armed rebellion.

Viper1 on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

So…..who will be in charge of the brown shirts civilian corp

grapeknutz on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Succession is looking better all the time.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

This makes me feel better in an odd sort of way.

Hold on – it’s going to be a bumpy four years but maybe we just took a giant step backwards to take two very giant steps forward.

gophergirl on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

You get the hate you ask for. So what is new here? When does he tell the voters, sorry worked as hard as I could and can’t find the gas money, no mortgage money, no tax cuts.

tarpon on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Nope, Obama will pull Samantha Power out from under the bus. Power, ever the consummate diplomat (“Hillary is a monster”) and “friend” of Israel: Secretary of State.

marybel on November 5, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Succession is looking better all the time.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

And people think I am crazy William….

upinak on November 5, 2008 at 3:17 PM

As a backer of Israel, I wonder what Emanuel will think about the “Dear Leader” once Iran tries to finish what Hitler began and “The One” doesnt do anything to stop it?

DJ Rick on November 5, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Sec of education Commerce Secretary Maxine Waters

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

FIFY

“This liberal will be about socializ-….uh, uh, uh…..”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Half the country’s gonna be celebrating anew at each new announcement.

Gird up.

RushBaby on November 5, 2008 at 3:18 PM

As a backer of Israel, I wonder what Emanuel will think about the “Dear Leader” once Iran tries to finish what Hitler began and “The One” doesnt do anything to stop it?

DJ Rick on November 5, 2008 at 3:17 PM

Jooooooooooooooooooos voted for His Holiness 78-21.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM

This will be a thumb-in-your eye administration, then. As far as Kerry as SecState, I am reminded of a line from Babylon 5. When two ambassadors are forced, one at a time, to leave negotiations to their seconds, each one says “Don’t give away the homeworld!” and means it. Can you imagine Kerry after Putin has chewed him up and spit him out?

njcommuter on November 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM

First indication of what a phony POS he is. Post-partisan my ass. Hey dimbo Americans…ever get the feeling you’ve been had? Next time maybe you’ll actually look into a candidate before voting for them because “they speak well.”

Yep, the used car salesman has sold them a lemon. Mazel Tov!

mjk on November 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Can’t wait for Sec Def Murtha!

Kid from Brooklyn on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Nah he is getting Veteran’s affairs to take care of all the racist murdering soldiers.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Succession is looking better all the time.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

Succession? As in the line of succession? No, it doesn’t.

Secession? Yeah. That does sound better.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Succession is looking better all the time.

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:16 PM

racist! or say they’ll say in reply to that or any States Rights arguments against Obama policies.

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

God help our country.

HornetSting on November 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

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?

To all those idiots who felt that Obama’s intellectual abilities were the best reason to vote for him (Hitchens, Buckley and et al), behold John F. Kerry your SS. Nice work fellas!

Richard Romano on November 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Oh goody, Knife-Boy!

Tony737 on November 5, 2008 at 3:20 PM

does he appoint a centrist(Powell) or RINO(Hagel) to be Sec of Defense. Or does he go all out crazy and appoint a Kucinich?

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

OK, I’ll play along.

Sec. of Treasury Barney Frank.

reaganaut on November 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Black Liberation Czar, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

CP on November 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

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?

Only if he sits down unconditionally with Genghis Jenjis Kahn.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

But…but…but…isn’t The One supposed to set an example of bipartisanship?

This is how the parade of gaffs, goofs and mistakes begins.

AubieJon on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

OK, I’ll play along.

Sec. of Treasury Barney Frank.

reaganaut on November 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Okay that is just stuff of nightmares

gophergirl on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

OK, I’ll play along.

Sec. of Treasury Barney Frank.

reaganaut on November 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Hey it cuts out the middle man when he raids the treasury !

William Amos on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

I hope there are cameras inside of Trinity United and Fahrakans ‘church’ this week

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Or does he go all out crazy and appoint a Kucinich?

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Kooky Kucinich is the Secretary of the Peace and Nonviolence Department, dumbazz!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Secretary of Defense John Murtha

carbon_footprint on November 5, 2008 at 3:04 PM

Or Wesley Clark. Or Colin Powell.

SPCOlympics on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

Second verse, same as the first!

Mr. Bingley on November 5, 2008 at 3:23 PM

One positive about Emanuel is that he has been very cautious about having the Dems move forward with amnesty.

Mark1971 on November 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM

With every move he will turn more people to the Conservative side. Bank on it.

bbz123 on November 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM

At this potential rate, and if we all survive in one piece four years from now, Republicans could nominate a ham sandwich and get enough protest vote for at least a 50 electoral vote difference against this Obama administration.

Wineaholic on November 5, 2008 at 3:13 PM

But who will be the vice president pick?

MattMacD on November 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Ray Nagin – FEMA – J.P.

HA! Niiiiice.

Al Gore – Sec. of Global WarmingCooling … Climate Change

Bill Klinton – U.N. Amb.

Hillary – Sec. of National Health Care

Tony737 on November 5, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Wow, this is gonna be a train wreck of an administration. Silver lining in it all, I’m gonna enjoy the carnage:)

Baraky on November 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

I don’t like Emanuel, but he’s a smart pick for BO. Tough, smart guy. Bipartisanship is over though.

Spirit of 1776 on November 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Oh snap! I bet those folks working for or with Emanuel are dreading it. Bad, bad choice Obambi.

First decision of a new president and he picks a wannabe KGB guy.

Get the popcorn ready!

darwin on November 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

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?

That multi-racial bastard gave a wonderful speech last night but it appears that bipartisanship stops short of crafting a cabinet that includes moderates and Republicans. Every single name running around is a radical. To think that John “our troops are bunch of dummies who can’t get a real job” Kerry is going to have a hand in foreign policy is especially offensive.

I say the hell with bipartisanship and start right in on attacking this administration and all these traitors about to be running it.

highhopes on November 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Oh goody. And he comes replete with a nickname:
“Steak Knife”

Yeah, he’s Steak Knife to me.

Brat on November 5, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Riddle me the story, Batman. I mean, Bratman or Bratwoman. I heard a bit of this earlier. Steak Knife?

HornetSting on November 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

But who will be the vice president pick?

MattMacD on November 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM

peanut butter and jelly. Jelly unknown.

upinak on November 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Capone would be so proud.

Speakup on November 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Get the popcorn ready!

darwin on November 5, 2008 at 3:26 PM

This is gonna be fun, darwin.
Pass the salt.

HornetSting on November 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

jp on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM

The chickens are roosting. What do they have left to rant about?

Brat on November 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

HUD Secretary Bawney Fwank – Dr.Cwac

HAHAHA! Best one yet!

Tony737 on November 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

I think Sandra Bernhardt would make a fine press secretary …

darwin on November 5, 2008 at 3:27 PM

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