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AdLib On February - 2 - 2010

No, it’s not a new sitcom, it’s instead something we can finally call…bipartisanship!

Rahm Emanuel, Pres. Obama’s Chief of Staff, has insulted activist Progressive Dems and the handicapped which spurred Sarah Palin to call for his resignation.

As AP reports:

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Emanuel, exasperated upon learning that liberal special-interest groups were planning to run ads against conservative Democrats not supportive of health care reform, blasted the plan as “f—— retarded” over the summer.

Naturally, some outrage ensued after Emanuel’s words came to light, with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin taking to her Facebook page to call on President Obama to fire him for what she saw as the equivalent of a racial slur.


To be clear, Pres. Obama’s CoS, betrayed Progressives by selling them out on real HCR, along with the majority of Americans. To literally add insult to injury, Rahm then attacked Progresisve Dems willing to take action against Rahm’s anti-HCR allies with a frat boy mentality and insult that is a slur against the handicapped.

Considering all of this, let’s recap the lowlights of who Rahm is and what kind of a corporate tool and failure he is.

First, from Wikipedia:

Emanuel is known for his “take-no-prisoners style” that has earned him the nickname “Rahmbo.”[21] Emanuel is said to have sent a dead fish in a box to a pollster who was late delivering polling results.[17] On the night after the 1996 election, “Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting ‘Dead! … Dead! … Dead!’ and plunging the knife into the table after every name.”[5][7] Before Tony Blair gave a pro-Clinton speech during the impeachment crisis, Emanuel reportedly screamed to Blair’s face “Don’t fuck this up!” while Clinton was present; Blair and Clinton both burst into laughter.

Emanuel was named to the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) by then President Bill Clinton in 2000. His position earned him at least $320,000, including later stock sales.[31][32] He was not assigned to any of the board’s working committees, and the Board met no more than six times per year.[32]

During his time on the board, Freddie Mac was plagued with scandals involving campaign contributions and accounting irregularities.[32][33] The Obama Administration rejected a request under the Freedom of Information Act to review Freddie Mac board minutes and correspondence during Emanuel’s time as a director.[32]

The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) later accused the board of having “failed in its duty to follow up on matters brought to its attention.” Emanuel resigned from the board in 2001 when he ran for Congress.[34]

Emanuel was elected after the October 2002 joint Congressional resolution authorizing the Iraq War, and thus was not able to vote on it. However, in the lead up to the resolution Emmanuel spoke out strongly in support of the war, urging a United States’ “muscular projection of force” in Iraq. Emanuel has been the focus of anti-war protests for his support of funding bills for the war in Iraq, and his support, during Democratic party primaries, of Democratic party candidates that are more hawkish.

In January, 2003 he was named to the House Financial Services Committee, and sat on the subcommittee that oversaw Freddie Mac. A few months later, Freddie Mac Chief Executive Officer Leland Brendsel was forced out, and the committee and subcommittee commenced hearings lasting for more than a year. Emanuel skipped every hearing allegedly for reasons of avoiding any appearance of favoritism, impropriety, or conflict of interest.[39]


The key reason Rahm was chosen to be CoS was his “tough guy” style and his insight to and ability to get bills through Congress. In light of how HCR has stalled and is only a fraction of what Americans were promised and supported, Rahm is a failure.

As I stated in a previous post:

Rahm is the one who conceived and implementing the wrongheaded policy of working with lobbyists and their corporate clients in the Insurance industry, to have understandings with them on limitations of the scope of HCR in order to get their agreement not to oppose what they would try to pass.

As is quite apparent, the give aways to HC Corps that Rahm championed,  such as greatly increasing the time it will take for a drug to be sold as a cheaper generic, the continued ban against importing cheaper-priced drugs from Canada and other nations, the continued ban against the government being able to negotiate bulk rates for drugs and the lack of commitment to the Public Option and other items that would benefit the public at the expense of corporations…did not result in these slimeball corporations keeping their promises.

Rahm was also behind letting the Congress work everything out without  direction from Pres. Obama which continues to this day, an AP article yesterday stating that Dems are urgently looking to Obama to give them some direction on how to accomplish what he asked for in his SOTU address.

Had the realities of passing HCR been accepted at the outset, that there weren’t 60 votes in the Senate and that no matter what one was promised by the lying weasels at HC Corps, they are lying weasels who would never act ethically if it was against their own interests, HCR could have been strategized to have been passed a long time ago.

Rahm had one raison d’etre, to get bills through Congress. He was the guru, he was the genius, this was what he knew better than anyone.

And he destroyed this current opportunity with his DLC coziness with corporations and his incompetence at not recognizing that unethical HC corporations…are unethical.

Where is the accountability for this debacle? Rahm should be fired for his utter failure.

So, pro-HCR Dems and Sarah Palin Repubs may finally have a bipartisan agreement. Rahm should go.

How do you feel about it? Would you be willing to sign a letter to President Obama, asking him to consider removing Rahm Emanuel as his CoS? Please use the poll below to express yourself:

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Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. Chernynkaya says:

    This was an article about the Emanuel brothers in the NYT Magazine from many years ago. To me it was a revelation, because it shows where Rahm gets his arrogance. I can say this as (probably) the Planet’s resident Jew: This family is a stereotype of many bad things in my culture-- almost like a minstrel show of Jews in America. At first glance, they seem like a great, albeit overachieving, family. But as an insider into this culture I can tell you that they represent some of our worst.

    I would never write this anywhere else.


    • SueInCa says:

      It is interesting that you would say that. I chalk his bad behavior to being an asshole, but I guess you can be a jewish asshole just as well as being an Alaskan asshole. I am going to read your link above to see the real Emanuel and see if it goes with my original thinking about the family. I think they are shady and just above the law by not much.

      • Chernynkaya says:

        Well, to me, he’s an asshole in a particularly Jewish way. That’s not to say non-Jews can’t be assholes that way too, but I personally cringe when I see it, as I recognize it. It’s a kind of frantic smugness and arrogance-- it’s not a Napoleon thing, IMO.

        • SueInCa says:

          I read the article and it appears they were a group of over achievers by design of their parents. I have heard some nasty things about Rahm, and on Zeke with his bioethics field but in that instance I chalked it up to a republican black helicopter freak. Just because someone is in bioethics does not mean they want to clone human beings, that is just stupid. I think they are all young to be in the positions they are in and maybe need a bit more maturity. I would just never hire a “Rahm” type to work for me, I like calmness and maturity in my employees.

          • kesmarn says:

            Sue, I guess in fairness to the brothers, we could say that this article was written in 1997. So they would have still had many of the rough edges that are part of being in one’s 30s. I’m not saying that Rahm is a pussycat even now, but his people insist that he’s “mellowed.”

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