Breaking: Emanuel to leave WH tomorrow, AP reports; Update: Rouse as interim replacement

posted at 12:55 pm on September 30, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Two sources close to Rahm Emanuel tell the Associated Press that he will resign as chief of staff to Barack Obama and head back to Chicago for a run at the mayor’s office.  He’s apparently ready to hit the ground running, too, and not just in Washington:

Two people close to Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday, and will begin his campaign for Chicago mayor by meeting with voters in the city on Monday.

The two people familiar with his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel’s announcement, said he will return to Chicago over the weekend and begin touring neighborhoods on Monday.

Well, that certainly seems quick.  On Friday, he’s running the White House, and on Monday he’s pressing the flesh in the Windy City.  I wonder how much of his last few weeks in DC have gone towards organizing his election effort, and how much has gone to doing his current job?

The AP casts this as a tough decision after Richard Daley’s decision to forgo another term as mayor:

The choice for Emanuel suddenly became whether he would make a dash for the political job he has openly coveted, at a cost of uprooting his family again and quitting his post of national influence sooner than he thought.

Er .. okay.  Rahm could either stick around another couple of years and move back to Chicago without a job as the administration’s popularity spirals down the political drain, or move back now and win what would almost certainly be a lifetime sinecure and a position at the head of a powerful political machine.  The wonder of it isn’t that Emanuel chose the second option, but that he didn’t leave skid marks on the West Wing floor seconds after Daley’s announcement.

The choice of Emanuel’s replacement will speak volumes about the direction of the White House after the midterms.  Does Obama pick an insider to help him hunker down, or does he pick someone with good relations across the aisle in order to move to the center and get something accomplished before 2012?

Update: NBC says Pete Rouse, Obama’s CoS when he served in the Senate, will become Emanuel’s interim replacement.  That could become a permanent position for Rouse, who has good experience on Capitol Hill and might work better across the aisle than others mentioned in earlier reports, like Tom Daschle for example.  In fact, it would be hard to see Obama picking Daschle after his tax problems came to light in the transition period, when Obama initially picked him for a Cabinet position.  The chief of staff position does not require Senate confirmation, but putting another alleged tax evader in the inner circle won’t do Obama any good in the run-up to his re-election bid.


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You think Valerie actually wants a job where she has to do real work? LOL. She can’t get any more influential with Obama than she already is, and her current job lets her spend all her time hanging out with her fellow leftists and schmoozing with business executives.

rockmom on September 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

You make a good point about work. On the one hand I agree. Right now she gets all the perks with none of the headache. However, I think her appointment will be about protecting him. The Chief of Staff is the doorkeeper. Nobody sees the President without COS approval.

txhsmom on September 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

Let us all sincerely hope that The One will appoint Valerie Jarrett, the perfect first mate for a sinking ship.

Dhuka on September 30, 2010 at 2:23 PM

An election law lawyer said he will be ruled ineligible due to a residency requirement.

Page crr6, law student legal expert, for comment.

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 2:24 PM

<blockquoteWhat do you guys think about recruiting Mike Ditka to run against Rahm?

commodore on September 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I like that idea. How well could Ditka counter the machine?

Ditka accompanie Palin to PA right before the 2008 election, and both of them fired up the crowd, which was made up of Republicans, Democrats for McCain-Palin, and Independents. Ditka is a tough hombre with conservative, principled convictions.
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onlineanalyst on September 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Yeesh. If you read this post carefully, you can almost see the spittle flying out.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Yeah. All those periods and complete sentences are just so over the top, aren’t they?

Facts are stubborn things, champ.

And since the adults are in charge, I thought it would be helpful to remind the adults of the facts, since they’re apparently preoccupied with giving peps talks to college students and skipping town to go lie about their “accomplishments” for the next month or so.

Hey – it’s your party.

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM

TN Mom on September 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Very interesting. It seems there’s not much love lost between Obama and some of his former colleagues in the state senate. Ricky Hendon and Obama once got into a near-physical altercation on the senate floor because Obama “accidentally” voted against one of Hendon’s projects. He’s never been a big fan of Barry’s.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Emmanuel and Axelrod are both heading back to Chicago? Is it possible that they can take the rest of their cronies back with them, to get the rest of the Genie back into the lamp?

VastRightWingConspirator on September 30, 2010 at 2:29 PM

test

SgtSVJones on September 30, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Yeesh. If you read this post carefully, you can almost see the spittle flying out.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

I love the smell of liberal despair in the morning.

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Unless you’re on the West Coast, it’s the afternoon. And I’m pretty sure GoodLT isn’t a liberal.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Does he have room in the back seat for Barry?
I’ll pay for gas.
NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I can pay for beer and smoke.

antisocial on September 30, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Does he have room in the back seat for Barry?
I’ll pay for gas.
NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

I can pay for beer and smoke.

antisocial on September 30, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I’ve got the cheeseburgers and fries.

txhsmom on September 30, 2010 at 2:41 PM

An election law lawyer said he will be ruled ineligible due to a residency requirement.

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Interesting. Most states do require that a candidate have maintained a residence in the state or district (depending on what office they’re running for) for a set period of time before the election. Rahm’s been living in the D.C. area for the past two years, and rented out his Chicago house. The election law lawyer cited in the Drudge article sounds pretty certain that Rahm’s ineligible to run. I hope it’s true. Wouldn’t that be ironic, and so typical of the hapless incompetence we’ve come to expect from the Obama crew.

AZCoyote on September 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Who freaking cares . . . they’re all just one big amorphous mass of Marxist goo.

rplat on September 30, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Who freaking cares . . . they’re all just one big amorphous mass of Marxist goo.

rplat on September 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM

rockmom has a solid understanding of the politics in the WH re Jarrett’s and Rouse’s roles.

Word has it that Emanuel’s marriage was under severe stress while he roomed in Washington (with who was it?) and commuted as often as he could to be with his family in Chicago. Eventually he moved the family to DC to salvage the home-front situation. Now his Chicago house is being rented. Will he be house-sitting for the ObaMaos in order to reestablish his residency? We know that he will find a machine loophole.

onlineanalyst on September 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM

What I’d like to know is: Will ODumbAss’s meltdown accelerate without his happy crew of socialist assclowns?

How crazed and despotic will he become as he loses his tenuos grip?

Here’s something to ponder: Odumbass never filled all the positions he needed to, and now his “B+” team(Sadly, no A’s among the lot) is abandoning ship, or being fired, who’s he gonna find to replace them?

dogsoldier on September 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM

Naw. He pretty much comes off as the weird bum shouting at passing cars. Except maybe a little more shrill.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Can’t address the facts I presented, I see.

Carry on trying and failing to divert attention from your sinking ship in Washington, though. Its admirable.

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Jarrett has lots of perks behind the scenes. She has quite a bit of influence on ObaMao, and she is personal friends with both of the ObaMaos. She has traveled extensively on overseas trips with them and vacations with them, as well. She does not want the work or the bullseye scrutiny. She won’t take CoS.

The selection of Rouse will be permanent, and the administration will go into full-bore “progressive” attack mode.

onlineanalyst on September 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Stay the course who cares.

It’s Amercia vs the Obama-Democrats.

tarpon on September 30, 2010 at 3:01 PM

An election law lawyer said he will be ruled ineligible due to a residency requirement.

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Interesting. Most states do require that a candidate have maintained a residence in the state or district (depending on what office they’re running for) for a set period of time before the election. Rahm’s been living in the D.C. area for the past two years, and rented out his Chicago house. The election law lawyer cited in the Drudge article sounds pretty certain that Rahm’s ineligible to run. I hope it’s true. Wouldn’t that be ironic, and so typical of the hapless incompetence we’ve come to expect from the Obama crew.

AZCoyote on September 30, 2010 at 2:43 PM

Isn’t your residence generally determined by your domicile? And unless Rahm’s domicile changed to DC in the last 2 years (which I doubt, considering he’s always planned on returning to Chicago) I don’t see how he’s ineligible.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

“crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM”

Nope, you actually have to live in it, as several folks who have winter homes in Florida discovered when they attempted to vote in elections down there.

Of course any act of corruption is conceivable by the dems in Chicago.

dogsoldier on September 30, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Nope, you actually have to live in it, as several folks who have winter homes in Florida discovered when they attempted to vote in elections down there.

dogsoldier on September 30, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Well obviously you wouldn’t be domiciled in Florida if you only stay there for the winter. You establish a domicile in a state when you have a physical presence plus a subjective intent to stay in the state. You don’t have a subjective intent to stay if you only go back to the state for the winter months. You do have a subjective intent to stay in Illinois if you only planned on working in DC for a few years, with the intention of returning to Illinois later to run for office and live there. Just like if you had a domicile in NY, but planned on going to college in CA for a 4 years and then returning to NY to work afterwards, your domicile would never change from NY (because your subjective intent was always to stay in NY).

Anyway, I can’t find anything specific on the law the “election lawyer” is referring to.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

And unless Rahm’s domicile changed to DC in the last 2 years (which I doubt, considering he’s always planned on returning to Chicago) I don’t see how he’s ineligible.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 3:08 PM

OBJECTION! your Honor….assumes facts not in evidence, unless crr6 can provide evidence of knowing what Mr. Emmanuels plans are.

So, when did you and the Ballerina last talk? Did he call you, or vice versa?

BobMbx on September 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I’m sooooo glad I don’t live in Chicago. :(

tencole on September 30, 2010 at 5:26 PM

BobMbx on September 30, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Since when did Democrats start worrying about residency requirements? Or Citizenship? Or live vs dead voters?

jpmn on September 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Anyway, I can’t find anything specific on the law the “election lawyer” is referring to.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM

What about the case of Robert Wexler? D-FL. He was busted for the same thing basically, and ended up having to get a “real” residence in that state.

Del Dolemonte on September 30, 2010 at 5:39 PM

The position is temporary because there are going to be a LOT of unemployed Democrats in January to choose from.

crosspatch on September 30, 2010 at 5:59 PM

I can’t imagine Daschle’s tax problems bother obama a bit.The fact that the judges he picked had baggage didn’t faze him,in fact he loved putting them in our face.

ohiobabe on September 30, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Runt Emmanuel.

5’5″ of dog squeeze.

ted c on September 30, 2010 at 7:08 PM

See you later rrrrrrrrrrrrahm;

PS Don’t please let the door hit ya on your sissy ballerina a$$ on the way out !

cableguy615 on September 30, 2010 at 7:36 PM

gird your loins for two years of gridlock!

Steve Z on September 30, 2010 at 1:31 PM

Hmm, gridlock sounds pretty good to me!

Who is John Galt on September 30, 2010 at 8:20 PM

Since when did Democrats start worrying about residency requirements? Or Citizenship? Or live vs dead voters?

jpmn on September 30, 2010 at 5:34 PM

This.

We are talking about Chicago, and Dems, aren’t we?

Who is John Galt on September 30, 2010 at 8:30 PM

dogsoldier on September 30, 2010 at 2:51 PM

I hate to say it, but they never really mattered all that much.

Most of his Cabinet are sock-puppets (except for the heads of the EPA and HHS).

The real power behind Obozo’s throne is the Central Committee of Czars Commissars quietly working their mischief behind the ‘blue screen’.

The oversight committees in Congress have focused on show-trials for various CEO’s and have totally ignored the unconstitutional actions of the WH.

As for Obozo’s ‘inner circle’, their primary jobs are finished, consider:

>>over a half a trillion dollars in unallocated funds sitting in a political ‘wall safe’.

>>O.care passed.

>>over 45% of the private sector of the economy under direct (or indirect) gov’t control.

>>over 14+ million citizens are dependent on a gov’t check for their daily existence.

Shall I go on .. ?

As to Rahm, let me remind you of a quote from Stalinist Russia:

‘what matters is who counts the votes, not who casts them’

Rahm’s not fleeing DC, he’s being made the new captain of Bara-dur.

Just like Big Daddy Daley delivered Illinois for JFK, he’ll attempt the same deed for Obozo in 2012.

It’s as simple as that.

CPT. Charles on September 30, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Chicago….Detroit….Atlanta….San Fran….about the only cities that would take him.

right2bright on September 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Ya forgot Seattle.

tbear44 on October 1, 2010 at 2:25 AM

Or Portland, OR

tbear44 on October 1, 2010 at 2:26 AM

The ruse is leaving and the Rouse is coming?

Don L on October 1, 2010 at 6:42 AM

Pete Rouse?

You mean to tell me, there are still people around, willing to be tainted by an association with this president?

franksalterego on October 1, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Creep creep, creep!

Knott Buyinit on October 1, 2010 at 9:50 PM

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