Sunday, December 28, 2008

Rahm Emanuel sounds a little phsyco

Democrat Rahm Emanuel will be Obama's Chief of Staff. Most people know very little about him. We aren't likely to learn anything this week because Rahm Emanuel is hiding vacationing in Africa while the storm winds of the Blagojevich scandal blow. The Chief of Staff job takes a very tough personality type. Rahm Emanuel certainly fits that profile. However, the reports that he once stabbed a table with a knife while shouting the names of his political enemies is over the top. Anyone who would do that is a few bricks short of a load.

Rahm the Enforcer

In Washington, where big personalities create even bigger legends, Democrat Rahm Emanuel has achieved mythic status.

He throws cells phones. He once sent a dead fish to a pollster who displeased him. At a dinner to celebrate Bill Clinton’s 1992 election, Emanuel repeatedly stabbed the table with a steak knife, shouting the names of his political enemies. Journalists have trouble quoting him, because his routine utterances are replete with profanity.

“Rahm is a little intense,” Barack Obama once said.

As even Emanuel concedes, “I wake up some mornings hating me, too.”

Emanuel’s political intensity has a darker side. His numerous contacts with disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s office to push various candidates for Obama’s open Senate seat put him inside the lines of an unseemly political scandal.

The Obama transition team last week cleared itself of wrongdoing in the matter, but it’s unlikely that its report is the last word on the federal government’s wide-ranging public corruption investigation. Full story here.

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