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Rahm Emanuel out at the White House?

This is what a UK Telegraph is reporting:

Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to "bang heads together" to get policy pushed through.

Mr Emanuel, 50, enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are understood to have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will serve only half the full four-year term.

Friends say he is also worried about burnout and losing touch with his young family due to the pressure of one of most high profile jobs in US politics.

"I would bet he will go after the midterms," said a leading Democratic consultant in Washington. "Nobody thinks it's working but they can't get rid of him - that would look awful. He needs the right sort of job to go to but the consensus is he'll go."

So, Emanuel will be the fall guy when the Democrats are destroyed in November. I can't say I'm surprised. This administration has done everything wrong. They violated the trust of the American people over and over again, most egregiously when they ignored voters' outrage and forced through ObamaCare. Emanuel recognized that a massive political backlash was coming and recommended that Obama accept a smaller reform bill. However, according to the Telegraph, Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett were the ones who convinced Obama to go for the whole health care enchilada:

There were sharp differences over health care reform, with Mr Emanuel arguing that public hostility about cost should have forced them into producing a scaled down package. Mr Obama and advisers including David Axelrod, the chief strategist, and Valerie Jarrett, a businesswoman and mentor from Chicago, decided to push through with grander legislation anyway.

If Obama and his inner circle think Emanuel's departure will solve their problems, they are in for a rude awakening. This administration is severing its carotid artery with its turn toward socialism, its apathetic reaction to the Gulf oil spill, and its outright hostility to our nation's allies; applying a band aid will do nothing to stop the hemorrhaging.

Hat tip: Drudge


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Comments (13)

Well, losing in November is... (Below threshold)

Well, losing in November is the one thing that will not blamed on Bush.. So go ahead Barry, blame the Rahmulan and enjoy your lame duck status..

Yes he will go after the No... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Yes he will go after the Nov debacle and the official tale has already been set as "they were insufficiently hard line leftist" and had they been so they would not have lost in the elections.

Prepare for yet another veer leftward from obama.

"If Obama and his inner cir... (Below threshold)

"If Obama and his inner circle think Emanuel's departure will solve their problems, they are in for a rude awakening."

Now they'll really flip left. Won't make any difference. Come November, Barry will be a lame duck.

Makes sense. If Reps take t... (Below threshold)

Makes sense. If Reps take the House in November Darrel Issa fill be flinging subpoenas at Rahm & other rats.

I can still see November fr... (Below threshold)

I can still see November from my house.

Emmanuel is the muscle in t... (Below threshold)

Emmanuel is the muscle in the Obama crime family, like Clemenza in The Godfather. Obama will be lost without him.

Rahm is an old-school Chica... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Rahm is an old-school Chicago apparatchik. He views power as a means to reward friends, cronies, and supporters, and to punish enemies.

He found himself alone in a White House mainly populated by True Believers, people who actually believe America is the source of much of the world's trouble, and if only capitalism could be destroyed, one world government, all-powerful but benevolent and loving, would naturally emerge.

The real problem is that for all his defects Rahm knows how things get done in DC from all his years there. Who will be the next Chief of Staff? If it's another far-left sycophant, we're in for serious trouble, because the CoS basically runs the day-to-day operation of the government.

It's going to be very inter... (Below threshold)

It's going to be very interesting to watch this play out. Rahm Emanuel is a Chicago politician, and he's going to play by Chicago rules.

If he leaves the White House, he'd better take several pieces of incriminating evidence with him to use as insurance. He knows too much - and certain people on the White House staff KNOW that he knows too much. They'll want to make sure he doesn't talk, and the best way to do that is to make sure that Rahm can't talk to anyone, ever.

I think one or two of Obama's friends might be willing to counter Chicago Rules with Molotov Rules. Rahm had better make sure that if he has an Unfortunate Accident, the equivalent of Monica's blue dress will come to light. And he'd better make sure that Obama's cronies know that.

One problem: nobody elected... (Below threshold)

One problem: nobody elected Emmanuel to anything, they won't be satisfied with a flunky.

What will Obama do after hi... (Below threshold)
John S:

What will Obama do after his brain leaves? He'll spend the next two years vetoing attempt after attempt to repeal Obamacare. He'll have to fight over budgets as the new House of Political Amateurs attempts to defund the EPA, education, energy and all the rest of the useless bureaucracy.

The real question is how bad November will be for the Democrats. Obama isn't helping. Between the moritorium on drilling and the flotilla of warships on their way to Iran, he's really trying hard to give us all $7 gasoline by Election Day.

We found out from Hillary's... (Below threshold)

We found out from Hillary's interview in S. America that the DOJ would proceed with a suit against Arizona, so it makes perfectly good sense that we should garner most information from the foreign media.

The current media works for the WH.

FWIW one of my friends has ... (Below threshold)

FWIW one of my friends has postulated that RE will leave to rejoin Hillary when she checks out of this regime to restart her Ozark Long March to the Whitehouse.

Is it that Emanuel is out a... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Is it that Emanuel is out at the White House,
or that Emanuel is IN the Out-House?.....
but I digress.






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