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Washington Post's Broder Smells A Rat Named Rahm

Washington Post columnist David Broder smells a rat and speculates that its name may be Rahm and its best two friends may be Post writers Dana Milbank and Jason Horowitz. This is an amazing call out by the "dean" of Washington opinionators against colleagues in his own paper.

As I've discussed before, the White House has historically been home to outsized egos but perhaps none any larger than the two presently residing there in the persons of Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel. It seems now, if Broder is to be believed, that Emanuel's pride needs some elbow room and he's telling the press all about it. In an article derisively titled " The Fable of Emanuel the Great", Broder lays out the full scope of the Rahm CYA Tour and his willing apologists at the Washington Post:

In the space of 10 days, thanks in no small part to my own newspaper, the president of the United States has been portrayed as a weakling and a chronic screw-up who is wrecking his administration despite everything that his chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, can do to make things right.

This remarkable fiction began unfolding on Feb. 21 in the Sunday column of my friend Dana Milbank, who wrote that "Obama's first year fell apart in large part because he didn't follow his chief of staff's advice on crucial matters. Arguably, Emanuel is the only person keeping Obama from becoming Jimmy Carter," i.e., a one-term failure.

A week later, presumably the same anonymous sources persuaded Milbank to pronounce that Obama "too often plays the 98-pound weakling; he gets sand kicked in his face and responds with moot-court zingers."

And on Tuesday, The Post led the paper with a purported news story by Jason Horowitz saying that a president with Obama's "detached, professorial manner" needed "a political enforcer" like Emanuel to have a chance of succeeding, "because he [Emanuel] possessed a unique understanding of the legislative mind." Unfortunately, the story said, "influential Democrats are -- in unusually frank terms -- blaming Obama and his closest campaign aides for not listening to Emanuel."

It sounded, for all the world, like the kind of orchestrated leaks that often precede a forced resignation in Washington.

So, is Rahm on his way out? Among the many thoughts swirling around in that big head may be this one: "Did I leave a powerful position in the House of Representatives (number four in leadership, probably number two in actual power) to sign up for this?" What a difference a year makes.

We are witnessing the unraveling of what may be the most ineffective, amateurish and tone deaf political operation ever run out of the White House. It sounds as if Rahm Emanuel is finally paying attention and sees the wave coming over the bow as President Obama orders full speed ahead on reconciliation. As we predicted here months ago, this will not end well for the Democrats. Backstabbing and leaks are the first real sign of the political ship sinking.


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Comments (19)

Truth of the matter is that... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Truth of the matter is that if ObamaCare bites the dust here there will be the necessity for someone to go under the bus. Obama ALWAYS has someone else to blame.

Rahm hasn't been out of step with the administration. These guys all bought into the media hype that they were riding the wave of a permanent majority, that far left was the new center. Not a single one of them saw any need to include the opposition. None of them saw any need to listen to voices outside their own Greek chorus extolling their imminent deification.

While they thought that they were safe in a permanent majority they never for a moment conceived of the idea that maybe they were outside of the mainstream of American political thought. They never once considered that they wouldn't be able to pass their radical agenda. They never for a moment thought that anyone would call them on the financial plundering of our nation.

If Obamacare fails we will be treated to a parade of people headed under the bus in order for Barry to save face.

Broder is simply nominating Rahm to be first in line.

Just the continuing mantra ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Just the continuing mantra of the leftist media. The One makes no mistakes, The One commits no errors. The One is infallible. All Hail The Obamassiah!

Oh, and get out the popcorn. This will be fun to watch. No one eviscerates a liberal better than a liberal.

Arguably, Emanuel ... (Below threshold)
Stan:
Arguably, Emanuel is the only person keeping Obama from becoming Jimmy Carter," i.e., a one-term failure.

The only person that is making the Messiah look like Jimmy Carter,is The "One" himself. He doesn't need any help in that department from Rahm or for that matter Gibby. Then the whole current White House staff are a bunch of Keystone Cops that don't have a clue about what is really going on.

Rahm out? I'll believe it w... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Rahm out? I'll believe it when I see it.

"Did I leave a powerful pos... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"Did I leave a powerful position in the House of Representatives (number four in leadership, probably number two in actual power) to sign up for this?"

Rahm's epiphany.

At this point, Obama ... (Below threshold)

At this point, Obama wishes he could look as good as Jimmy Crater.

Obama's "detached, profe... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Obama's "detached, professorial manner" ?


Wait a minute now. I thought "professorial" was RACIST!!!1!!11! code because it was just this side of "uppity". Man, it's getting hard to keep up.

Tim, it's easy. If you say... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Tim, it's easy. If you say something as a conservative it's AUTOMATICALLY racist. Just wait for the 2012 elections....the race card will be PROMINENTLY played. And those dumb enough to fall for the 'white guilt trip' should be lobotomized.

I think its kinda cool that... (Below threshold)
epador:

I think its kinda cool that his follows the post about Tea Party Confusing the liberals.

"This is an amazing call ou... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

"This is an amazing call out by the "dean" of Washington opinionators against colleagues in his own paper."
You can say that again. I can't believe I'm reading this in the Post.

jim m: "While they thought that they were safe in a permanent majority they never for a moment conceived of the idea that maybe they were outside of the mainstream of American political thought."

I think they do indeed know they are outside of the mainstream. They just have such disdain for mainstream America that they are hell-bent on ramming through their radical agenda. They just don't care about mainstream America.

Remember Michelle saying how Barack wasn't going to "let" America go back to it's old ways? Remember Barack's plan to create a civilian force 'as well equipped as the military'? Obamacare?

As the song says 'They say they wanna start a revolution'. They may indeed end up with a revolt.

I still can't believe we haven't heard from any old-time Democrats, or moderate/conservative Democrats calling these radicals out on their bullshit.

Well, in The Chicago Way, "... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Well, in The Chicago Way, "resigned" is defined as "1. led away in handcuffs," or, "2. disappeared without a trace."

Rahm, I'd be careful from whom I accepted a ride . . .

"...a president with Obama'... (Below threshold)
Don L:

"...a president with Obama's 'detached, professorial manner'..."

I prefer to see it a Chicago smirk birthed in the frailty of hyper-arrogance as only the nation's first African American president is capable of. Even Bill Clinton is more forgivable than this guy - whom I suspect will be glaring someday in the same superior manner at his final judge!

"Unfortunately, the stor... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Unfortunately, the story said, "influential Democrats are -- in unusually frank terms -- blaming Obama and his closest campaign aides for not listening to Emanuel."

There's the pot calling the kettle black. These "influential democrats" don't listen to anything but the voices in their own heads.

Rahm is the smart one? Well, if smart means more manipulative and cunning. Rahm is merely not as transparent. I, for one, thank goodness that Obama doesn't listen to him. A lot of people never would have woken from their slumber to see exactly what's going on.

Oh, they'd still be angry with Congress and their ridiculous shenanigans, but Obama would still be their God.

I give the Senate bill less... (Below threshold)
gary gulrud:

I give the Senate bill less than a 50/50. Why would the Stupak crowd give up their only cover for that abortion when it must be signed into law and then Senate trusted once more?

Hoffa's dumpster may see a number of tenants yet.

The Kenyan is a racist, Rah... (Below threshold)
poptoy:

The Kenyan is a racist, Rahm is Israeli hater and two guys like that put together = 0. All about themselves. But the both of them will be without a job come 2012. Could not happen to nicer incompetent idiots.

"In the space of 10 days, t... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"In the space of 10 days, thanks in no small part to my own newspaper, the president of the United States has been portrayed as a weakling and a chronic screw-up who is wrecking his administration.."

Sounds about right to me.

And yet, there's Obama at t... (Below threshold)

And yet, there's Obama at the bow of the ship still yelling, "I'm king of the world!"

Bit of a mixing (to be excu... (Below threshold)

Bit of a mixing (to be excused, I suppose, given poor old career "Democratic" Potty-Activist, David Broder's, advancing years) of failed "Democratic" potty-staffed "administrations" here.

Rahm "Dead-Fish" Emanuel's criminal twin was none other than the Left's jack-booted thug right-hand of the Johnson disaster, Bill "Goody-Two-Shoes" Myers. And not even he could prevent the obscenely-corrupt self-enriching war-profiteering terminal degenerate habitual-drunkard Johnson's plunge into Jimmah-Cartahland.

But no fish at all, let alone a Dead Fish, could have prevented the precipitous plunge into the "Democratic" detritus at the depths of history's dustbin, of the very worst pretender who has ever pretended to what these days he and his lock-stepping-Goebbelsesque gang of Press prostitutes, propagandists, polemicists and pamphleteers pass off as America's "presidency."

Rahm is a walking dichotomy... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Rahm is a walking dichotomy; on the one hand,
a macho biker with a snarl, on the other,
an unrepentant ballerina. He's got a
bad guy/good girl identity crisis going on....exactly what one needs in a chief-of-
staff.




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