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Whatever You Think of Rahm Emanuel-- That's Probably What You'd Think of Obama, If you Got Past the Charisma

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I've long felt that Rahm Emanuel was a total prick. I felt he sabotaged progressives in primary elections. I feel he played a major role in creating the bluedog problem we now have in the congress.

I think he's been involved with setting up the deal with big pharma that led to the Whitehouse blocking Byron Dorgan's bill that would have allowed Americans to buy drugs from Canada and overseas-- and which, by its failure, probably led Dorgan to decide no to run for election again.

We know he's said something along the lines that actions of progressives were "f*cking retarded."

Matthew Rothschild, of The Progressive, writes, summing things up nicely,

I was reading the cover story of the New York Times Sunday Magazine the other day--the one about Obama's team taking Capitol Hill--and I came upon the following quote from Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

"The only nonnegotiable principle here," he said, "is success. Everything else is negotiable."

That's the problem I have with Emanuel--and with Obama.

There's no principle they're willing to go to the mat for.

They didn't fight for universal single-payer health care.

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They didn't fight for giving judges the authority to reduce the mortgages of people in bankruptcy.

They didn't fight against the bank bailout.

They didn't fight to keep GM from shutting down plants and laying off 21,000 people, even when they're taking ownership of GM.

They didn't fight for marriage equality or against don't ask, don't tell.

They didn't fight against indefinite detention without trial; hell, they've embraced it.

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They didn't fight to dismantle Bush's entire edifice of repression, including the NSA spying and the Military Commissions Act.

And they haven't fought to bring the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to speedier close.

Emanuel's comment is the very definition of being unprincipled. From a DLC-er like him, I'm not surprised.

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Great article. Obama has done little or even rever... by Jim Reinhart on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 8:47:12 AM
The advisers, especially COS, have a filtering eff... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 6:44:49 PM
had fallen into the same pit many previous seeming... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 9:42:06 AM
The President thinks that he does what he has to, ... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 6:49:29 PM
Maybe Obama was originally a decent guy and just g... by Adam Smith on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 10:00:38 AM
If he feels in such danger, and he is the second c... by James Hadstate on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 11:44:14 AM
Rob Kall is absolutely correct that President Obam... by Blaine Kinsey on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 10:38:20 AM
... by sheronimous on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 10:42:32 AM
Obama's charisma is that flesh-crawly feeling you ... by Perry Logan on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 1:22:36 PM
The guy is obviously a dick. But stabbing a table ... by Dick Thomson on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 11:36:39 AM
Why not just create some kind of single payer, or ... by Hoss Hoss on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 12:30:52 PM
in regard to health care. The Obama cadre keeps ta... by Bryan Emmel on Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 at 12:01:27 AM
During most of the Obama Administration so far, I ... by Kyle Griffith on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 12:55:08 PM
Sounds good but you are just being convinced by th... by Jeffrey Rock on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 5:50:56 PM
This "screen" could probably work, but what about ... by Steve Hanken on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 8:17:17 PM
So if it's more of the same no matter whom we cast... by Paul Jacobs on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 1:37:46 PM
apparently they didn't realize the only real reaso... by Michael Shaw on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 2:11:20 PM
Is this Rahm person a US JEW or an Israelli Jew? ... by warren currier on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 2:31:44 PM
I guess April 1 came early this year.... by Blaine Kinsey on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 2:54:44 PM
The majority of Congress, and all US Presidents si... by Richard Pietrasz on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 5:00:20 PM
I think you took a wrong turn, somewhere. Stormfro... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 9:36:06 PM
In defense of the President, he became the man in ... by martinweiss on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 6:07:49 PM
I would say... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 6:56:05 PM
You seem to be very "happy" to see things going wr... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 7:01:04 PM
I never saw it in Obama. I didn't get it. He alway... by julia cresswell on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 7:07:44 PM
So, you voted John McSame and Sarah Quayle-lin and... by Terry Adcock on Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 at 9:12:45 AM
I didn't see the charisma either. Obama's rise has... by Chantal Laurent on Friday, Mar 5, 2010 at 2:57:43 PM
I'm not good at judgement calls. Too often in the ... by sometimes blinded on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010 at 7:42:39 PM
There's a lot a President can do, and a lot a Pres... by Charlie L on Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 at 12:48:36 AM
You cannot change the fact that this is a bill tha... by Jerry Policoff on Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 at 9:20:00 AM
I got over the charisma fast. It started doing the... by Chantal Laurent on Thursday, Mar 4, 2010 at 11:59:56 PM