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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I didn’t know that the Obama bus could move that fast with so many stuck in the undercarriage.

Laura in Maryland on September 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM

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

commodore on September 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Hey, maybe he can bring the Olympics to Chicago! I bet he would have the inside track to being able to get Obama to hustle over to Europe and deliver a speech. That should seal the deal.

Oh. Nevermind.

Chris of Rights on September 30, 2010 at 12:58 PM

What’s old is new again. Ruthlessness of Capone. Check. Machine of the Daleys. Check.

Paul-Cincy on September 30, 2010 at 12:59 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

Door.Ass.Out.

“Don’t go away mad….just go away”

BobMbx on September 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

The rat found a safer and bigger boat…

right2bright on September 30, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Someone in DC is going to make a fortune today on dead fish….

Branch Rickey on September 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM

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.

Likely, they were left elsewhere at that moment…

somewhatconcerned on September 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM

DEAD!

Red Cloud on September 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM

The choice of Emanuel’s replacement will speak volumes about the direction of the White House after the midterms.

Spectre will be available soon.

BobMbx on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Bye bye ballerina boy.

txag92 on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Good riddance. He’ll be there to help O move back into his house in 2013.

Beaglemom on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

This Emmanuel?

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

The ballerina is making the correct move here.

He’s been roundly hated by most of the Dem leadership since 2006 due to some things regarding the House and Senate takeover, both in that he pushed a lot of Blue Dog candidates and, in their eyes, stole all the glory for the accomplishment from Howard Dean.

I think the Dems are going to found out exactly what Rahm was worth when a lot of the people he got elected in 2006 get defeated this year because the Dem leadership intentionally undercut them.

teke184 on September 30, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Let’s all chip in and get Rahm a going away present.

How much does a swift kick in the ass, go for these days?

NoDonkey on September 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Does Obama pick an insider to help him hunker down

Yep! Barry doesn’t know any other way.

GarandFan on September 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM

I don’t know if the Chicago mayor’s job is a lifetime thing for Rahm. Let’s face it the city of Chicago is in pretty bad shape with bad schools and a horrible budget that Mayor Daley has been able to hide largely because everyone who watches local Chicago politics have focused on the corruption issues of his administrative players.

The sh-t is going to hit the fan in the next few years. Rahm’s win will mean lots of blame on Daley and him. Voters will not be able to take their anger out on Daley so they will probably vote Rahm out in his reelection primary kind of like DC Mayor Fenty this year.

taney71 on September 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

He’s going to be challenged on the Residency requirement – a candidate must be a city resident for a year before the election. Rahm has not lived in Chicago – he has rented out his house. If you don’t live here, how can you be a resident (military is unique – you are still allowed to be a resident somewhere while in the military).

pablo5108 on September 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

I don’t know but something about that guy and all the baggage that follows him….. if the good people of Chicago elect him or allow him to be Mayor by whatever means he finds ncessary I will have trouble having any respect for Chicago.

ORconservative on September 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

or does he pick someone with good relations across the aisle in order to move to the center and get something accomplished before 2012?

Pffffft. Remember? It’s “I won.” He’ll pick the person that will feed him what he wants to hear.

parke on September 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

So it’s safe to use the shower in the Congressional gym men’s locker room now?

Wethal on September 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

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?

No, he’ll pick another corrupt, incompetent Chicago machine hack.

My money is on Valerie Jarrett.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

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?

Weren’t there rumors that Rahm was the level headed one in the administration, that tried to hold back health care, and advised Obama, and Dems to do it slowly, and increments? Knowing what was coming down the pike, if they did it, as they did?

Now…I have to wonder. If that’s true, Rahm was the rational one. The middle of the road, so to speak. We still don’t want, and didn’t want t his awful health care bill, but it says something, in the way Rahm handled it…only to be ignored, and have it shoved down our throats.

So in my humble opinion, Obama’s going to tack even further to the left, and choose someone who’s willing to be another bull in the china closet, rushing in, and just shoving more crap down our throats.

Obama doesn’t want advice, he wants yes men, and women. Those who take orders obediently, and without question or opinion.

capejasmine on September 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

NBC says Pete Rouse to replace Rahm.

Chris of Rights on September 30, 2010 at 1:05 PM

So it’s safe to use the shower in the Congressional gym men’s locker room now?

Wethal on September 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Not as long as Barney Frank is still in office.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 1:05 PM

I hear Andy Stern is looking for a job.

Laura in Maryland on September 30, 2010 at 1:05 PM

The two people familiar with his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel’s announcement be killed in their sleep.

 
FIFY

rogerb on September 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM

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?

Obama tried the centrist approach already (with Rahm). He’s going with the radical left community organizing that he relishes.

faraway on September 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM

My money is on Valerie Jarrett.

UltimateBob on September 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Mine, too. She’s his BFF.

kingsjester on September 30, 2010 at 1:07 PM

I get the sense someone on deck at the WH yelled, “ABANDON SHIP! MAN THE LIFEBOATS!”

dogsoldier on September 30, 2010 at 1:08 PM

he will return to Chicago over the weekend and begin touring neighborhoods [in an up-armored Humvee] on Monday.

TheBigOldDog on September 30, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Rouse is one of three White House officials with the title Senior Adviser to the President, along with David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett.

faraway on September 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Goofy Gibbs is saying that the president will have two announcements tomorrow. I guess the new person has been chosen.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

BREAKING: SNAKE TO RETURN TO DEN OF VIPERS…FILM AT 11

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 1:09 PM

Weren’t there rumors that Rahm was the level headed one in the administration, that tried to hold back health care, and advised Obama, and Dems to do it slowly, and increments? Knowing what was coming down the pike, if they did it, as they did?

Now…I have to wonder. If that’s true, Rahm was the rational one. The middle of the road, so to speak. We still don’t want, and didn’t want t his awful health care bill, but it says something, in the way Rahm handled it…only to be ignored, and have it shoved down our throats.

So in my humble opinion, Obama’s going to tack even further to the left, and choose someone who’s willing to be another bull in the china closet, rushing in, and just shoving more crap down our throats.

Obama doesn’t want advice, he wants yes men, and women. Those who take orders obediently, and without question or opinion.

capejasmine on September 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Yes, and it was also rumored that Rahm himself put those rumors out there to pass the buck when Obama’s agenda self-destructed.

Wethal on September 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM

In September 2009, the Washington Post reported that Rouse was heading the White House’s efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison.

faraway on September 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Rat. Sinking ship.

rbj on September 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Gibbs is the worst Press Secretary in history. What an idiot.

kingsjester on September 30, 2010 at 1:10 PM

I don’t know if the Chicago mayor’s job is a lifetime thing for Rahm. Let’s face it the city of Chicago is in pretty bad shape with bad schools and a horrible budget that Mayor Daley has been able to hide largely because everyone who watches local Chicago politics have focused on the corruption issues of his administrative players.

The sh-t is going to hit the fan in the next few years. Rahm’s win will mean lots of blame on Daley and him. Voters will not be able to take their anger out on Daley so they will probably vote Rahm out in his reelection primary kind of like DC Mayor Fenty this year.

taney71 on September 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

,,let alone that there are a lot of factions in Chicago politics, and while Dailey was there to pick up the mantle based on his dad’s past history when Harold Washington dropped dead in office, the path of succession wasn’t as clear or smooth when Richard Sr., keeled over in his doctor’s office.

Rahm better have been consolidating his support behind the scenes over the past couple of months, especially with so many on the far left in the party grumbling about how he’s sabotaged the great progressive dream with his coddling of the Blue Dogs. If not, he’s liable to end up more as the next Jane Byrne than he is heir to the Dailey machine.

jon1979 on September 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Rat deserts sinking ship, film at 11.

JammieWearingFool on September 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Frisk him on his way out, in case he tries to swipe any White House steak knives.

Christien on September 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM

From what I’ve read, Rahm needs to hit the ground running. There are lots of names out there — plus, I’ve read that the signature issue is an … issue. Personally, I’ll sign anyone’s election petition because I think a multitude of choices is a good thing. But apparently in Chicago, you can only sign ONCE. (Seems very un-American.) So someone can sign lots of petitions, but only the first one counts, which means you have to have way more extra, just to withstand the inevitable challenges to some of the machines.

Personally, I don’t think he’ll win.

lizzieillinois on September 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM

If Chicago votes him in…they deserve what they get.

I’m glad to see him go from the national stage.

Bye, B!tch.

tickleddragon on September 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM

I bet on Jarrett too.

ORconservative on September 30, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Also — don’t you think it’s likely Obama will choose an interim person until after the election?

lizzieillinois on September 30, 2010 at 1:14 PM

My money’s on Rev. Wright.

Matticus Finch on September 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Poor Marc Ambinder.

MayBee on September 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Mike Emmanuel just said on Fox that Rouse is supposed to be the Interim.

kingsjester on September 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

either him or Bill Ayers.

Matticus Finch on September 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Frisk him on his way out, in case he tries to swipe any White House steak knives.

Christien on September 30, 2010 at 1:12 PM

His last name is “Emmanuel”, not “Berger”.

Chris of Rights on September 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM

That guy as another hack Chicago mayor = popcorn time.

Moesart on September 30, 2010 at 1:19 PM

PALIN /PALADINO 2012!!!!!

Rahm would get HIS THUMPIN’ !!!!

PappyD61 on September 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I would guess a more visible Obama with less teleprompter.
Result? It will be GAFF-tastic!

Guessing Obama will push even harder left (he has to shore up his liberal base).

Soon others have to decide. Will Biden (be allowed to) stay on? Will Hillary leave sooner rather than later? Will Michelle now take a more visible political role? (I hope so!)

albill on September 30, 2010 at 1:20 PM

And BHO is still stuck in the White House….

d1carter on September 30, 2010 at 1:24 PM

ROUSE???!!!???

Cue the TWEET from Palin in 5.4.3..

Dan Pet on September 30, 2010 at 1:25 PM

The wheels on the bus go
*thump* *thud* *bump*
*thump* *thud* *bump*
*thump* *thud* *bump*
The wheels on the bus go
*thump* *thud* *bump*
all through the administration.

FontanaConservative on September 30, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Mike Emmanuel just said on Fox that Rouse is supposed to be the Interim.

kingsjester on September 30, 2010 at 1:16 PM

About what I thought, at least with the “interim” part. I figure that they won’t name a permanent CoS until November 3 at the earliest as not to tar them with whatever happens in the midterms.

Valerie Jarrett probably grabs the position permanently after the midterms.

teke184 on September 30, 2010 at 1:25 PM

PALIN /PALADINO 2012!!!!!

Sign me up as a campaign volunteer.

Dan Pet on September 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Rouse is the guy who told Obama to run and did the foot work to see how much support he could get for O from the Stooopid-delagates. He clearly has great judgement. good grief.

ginaswo on September 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Hey..this gives me a great idea. Can we put Palin in the Oval Office as the “INTERIM” president??

Dan Pet on September 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Blagojevich!

dont taze me bro on September 30, 2010 at 1:27 PM

He’s going to be challenged on the Residency requirement – a candidate must be a city resident for a year before the election. Rahm has not lived in Chicago – he has rented out his house. If you don’t live here, how can you be a resident (military is unique – you are still allowed to be a resident somewhere while in the military).

pablo5108 on September 30, 2010 at 1:03 PM

I was wondering the same thing, how the heck is he going to manage the residency requirement. There has to be some loophole for him, or he wouldn’t be going back there.

Johnnyreb on September 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Rouse as interim until after the mid-terms. Then after the Democrat drubbing in November he’ll install Valerie Jarrett as CoS and go all-in hard left to shore up hs base.

Trafalgar on September 30, 2010 at 1:31 PM

quitting his post of national influence sooner than he thought.

Maybe Rahm had less influence than he thought in the White House, and believes he could have more influence as mayor of Chicago. Obama is a good talker, but probably a lousy listener, and Rahm probably thought, “if he won’t listen to me and his poll numbers tank, that’s his problem”.

Rahm is bailing while the bailing is good, BEFORE the midterms. If the Dems lose lots of seats in the midterms, by leaving now Rahm can escape the blame, and eventually blame others in the White House for its failures.

If Obama was smart, he would replace Emanuel with a former Clinton advisor, or possibly Clinton himself, who knows how to “pivot” to the center after losing midterm elections. But Obama can’t stand criticism, so he’ll probably pick a yes-man or yes-woman to tell him he’s the “fairest of them all”, the most awesome genius whose wisdom the bitter clingers cannot fathom.

Although most conservatives oppose Rahm Emanuel’s politics, he DID have considerable influence in Congress, and could “get things passed”. If Obama will soon be facing a more hostile Congress, will he pick someone who knows how to deal with Congress (such as a former Rep or Senator), or someone to lecture them on how stupidly the voters acted? If he chooses the latter, gird your loins for two years of gridlock!

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

That’s not a bus everyone is being thrown under, it’s an “El” train -lots more room underneath el tracks. Can ex Gov. Hot Rod Blagojevich now pay his bills by using all those “bleepin’” golden tapes featuring Rahmmie? Hot Rod’s high profile big bucks lawyers just dumped him. Hum …….

MayorDaley on September 30, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Good luck Rahm! You’ve served admirably.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Maybe he’s waiting to see what Democrats get thrown out in November, because many of them will be looking for jobs in the Administration with their new-found time.

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

and will begin his campaign for Chicago mayor by meeting with voters in the city on Monday

By voters they mean crooked city aldermen and union bosses.

Bishop on September 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Good luck Rahm! You’ve served admirably.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

LOL

That’s precious.

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Good luck Rahm! You’ve served admirably.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Riiiiiight….

sandee on September 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Fire the Jew!

faraway on September 30, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Reverend Wright, is that you?

OhioCoastie on September 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Rouse is in there ’til after the November elections. It’s gonna be Jarrett.

txhsmom on September 30, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Amazing.

All these “tough guys” like Rahm and Axelrod cutting and running when things look bad. Loyalty was never a strong suit for these Dems. That would require character and courage of which they have none.

PUNKS

Opposite Day on September 30, 2010 at 1:36 PM

There has to be some loophole for him, or he wouldn’t be going back there.
Johnnyreb on September 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM

If there isn’t a loophole then one will be created. What are Chicagoinianites going to do, demand an investigation and vote GOP in November?

Bishop on September 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Good luck Rahm! You’ve served admirably.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Yep. If attacking people in the Congressional showers and saying the “F” word in every other sentence is admirable./

kingsjester on September 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Pete Rouse was Tom Daschle’s CoS before he was Obama’s. He was expected to run Daschle’s presidential campaign in 2008 When Daschle unexpectdely lost his Senate seat in 2004, he gave Rouse and the rest of his political operation to Obama. So Obama can make him CoS and get Daschle’s influence and knowledge without the baggage.

Rouse also was knows as “the 51st Senator” when he worked for Daschle, and the White House needs someone who can work the Senate now as it will likely be the only part of Congress under Democratic control come January. Rahm was going to be obsolete once all the House Dems he recruited lost in November anyway.

rockmom on September 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Rouse is in there ’til after the November elections. It’s gonna be Jarrett.

txhsmom on September 30, 2010 at 1:36 PM

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

Abandon ship!

rjoco1 on September 30, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Yep. If attacking people in the Congressional showers and saying the “F” word in every other sentence is admirable./

kingsjester on September 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM

NO, I think it was the dropping of the Presidential approval rating nearly 30 points, exploiting as many problems in the country as humanly possible for political gain, appointing a host of corrupt criminals to unelected positions as a shadow cabinet, ramping up the unemployment, quintupling the nation’s debt and then going back to being some of that magic to Chicago when the President’s party is on the verge of getting trounced is what’s “admirable.”

Don’t ask me – it’s their twisted yard stick. They think that’s “progress.”

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

If Obama will soon be facing a more hostile Congress, will he pick someone who knows how to deal with Congress (such as a former Rep or Senator), or someone to lecture them on how stupidly the voters acted? If he chooses the latter, gird your loins for two years of gridlock!

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

Rouse fits that description pretty well. He was known as “the 101st Senator” — he’s a low-key but well respected fixer. He’s a good choice for Obama.

RushBaby on September 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

OT: I assume we’re waiting for AP to come online to discuss the Gallup Presidential Poll?

Chris of Rights on September 30, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Here’s some info from the Chicago Sun Times:

• Fact: “The city requirement is maintenance of a residence in the city for one year before the election — which is Feb. 22, 2011,” said Election Board spokesman Jim Allen. “We can’t pre-judge what facts or allegations might be filed a month from now, but generally, if you go out of state to work and keep ownership of the property — and keep your voter registration at that address and keep voting absentee — you shouldn’t have a problem. It’s like members of the military who serve overseas in Iraq. We don’t deny them the right to vote.”

• The flip side: “You can bet it’s going to be challenged,” said an election expert who asked not to be identified. “It’s a hot button. Simply owning a building isn’t enough. But the terms of the lease might be a different story.”

• The stats: Emanuel is a registered voter at the North Hermitage address and voted absentee in the Feb. 2, 2010, Illinois primary, according to Chicago Board of Elections records . . . and the Halpins also updated their voter registration to the Emanuel home in November 2009.

GrannySunni on September 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Nov. 2: One-termer Grayson gets blown out.

Nov. 3: MSNBC announces hiring of Alan Grayson.

JammieWearingFool on September 30, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Rahm’s Exit song:

Tiny Dancer by Elton John

portlandon on September 30, 2010 at 1:49 PM

NO, I think it was the dropping of the Presidential approval rating nearly 30 points, exploiting as many problems in the country as humanly possible for political gain, appointing a host of corrupt criminals to unelected positions as a shadow cabinet, ramping up the unemployment, quintupling the nation’s debt and then going back to being some of that magic to Chicago when the President’s party is on the verge of getting trounced is what’s “admirable.”

Don’t ask me – it’s their twisted yard stick. They think that’s “progress.”

Good Lt on September 30, 2010 at 1:43 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

You think Valerie actually wants a job where she has to do real work?

rockmom on September 30, 2010 at 1:40 PM

I agree she doesn’t want to do any real work, just like her boss. What she wants is power, just like her boss.

Trafalgar on September 30, 2010 at 1:50 PM

It would sure be nice to see fish head Rahm fail to be elected as mayor. But being its Chicago, where Dems are known for raising the dead on election day, he should be a shoe in.

jbh45 on September 30, 2010 at 1:51 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

If you could read Good Lt’s post carefully, you’d see the truth blazing out at you.

Trafalgar on September 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM

If you could read Good Lt’s post carefully, you’d see the truth blazing out at you.

Trafalgar on September 30, 2010 at 1:53 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

This Rouse character is the person Sarah Palin has hightlighted as the one who co-ordinated all the attacks on her immediately after she was picked a v/p candidate… he pretends he is still a resident of Alaska in order to keep getting his annual dividend cheque as well.

PhilipJames on September 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Dear leader will NOT work with a GOP congress…..guaranteed he will continue with blaming gop obstruction, so he’ll definitely have an insider ala jarret as cos

cmsinaz on September 30, 2010 at 1:55 PM

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

This is not the place for autobiographical sketches. Thanks.

Trafalgar on September 30, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Donald Tomczak says:
How much is that mayor in the window?
The one with the criminal tale.
How much is that mayor in the window?
I do hope that mayor’s for sale.

I don’t want a rabbit or a kitten,
I don’t want a parrot that talks.
I don’t want a bowl of little fishies,
‘Cause you can’t take a fish for a walk.

MayorDaley on September 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

The two people familiar with his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel’s announcement

Too late! Evidently giving one’s name is not a precondition for pre-empting an announcement.

I wonder who’s leaking this stuff.

Missy on September 30, 2010 at 2:03 PM

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?

It would not surprise me is Rouse is the permanent replacement. Obama does not like outsiders. He is very insular and surrounds himself with cronies, and like minded academics (read socialists and Marxists).

simkeith on September 30, 2010 at 2:04 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

Uh oh. Trouble in the Windy City? Illinois State Sen. Ricky Hendon said yesterday that if Obama endorses Rahm for Chicago mayor “he will never be president again

(biggovernment.com)

“If Barack never wanted to be president again, let him go right ahead. But I guarantee you if he endorses Rahm or [Tom] Dart, uh, he’ll never be president again,” Hendon said.
Hendon said that Obama would be alienating even more of his already dwindling base which included 90 percent of the nation’s African-American vote in the 2008 election.

“Why would you want to do something to make them worse? Why would you want to alienate people who worked for him in various states just as hard as Rahm did. I’m not putting Rahm down. He did a lot. But I guarantee he didn’t knock on as many doors as I knocked on, or Emil Jones or Danny K. Davis,” Hendon said.

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

BAI!!

ButterflyDragon on September 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

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

right2bright on September 30, 2010 at 2:18 PM

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