Rahm Emanuel: He gone.

Rahm Emanuel: He gone.

Here's the most recent report that Rahm Emanuel will be leaving his job as President Barack Obama's chief of staff. This report says he'll be gone after the general election in November. 

Why? The story says its a different in styles between the brainy Obama and the tough Emanuel. Emanuel wanted a compromise on the health care legislation, but he lost to Obama senior advisor David Axelrod who wanted to ram through the version that eventually passed.
Interesting. If Obama didn't know about Emanuel's personality and take-no-prisoners approach to politics, then the president either was living in a cave or, like many people said at the time of his appointment that he was making a big mistake. 

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  • Rahm is leaving because he can. Obama would leave if he could. They have failed their supporters and they know it.

  • Rahm is leaving because he is becoming da Mare in 2011.

  • Wait until he comes back here.If the media would just report on the shadey real estate deals and other backroom crap he wouldn't stand a snowballs chance in hell to be mayor of anything.This guy is a true blue pirate.

  • In reply to waterbill:

    "This guy is a true blue pirate"

    Which would seem to be Qualification #1.

    BTW, it appears that the government is trying to make the Charter School case against Blago without calling Congressman A/Presidential Adviser A. However, we know that he will eventually have to appear, as he was subpoenaed by the defense. As was discussed on another ChicagoNow blog (which thanks to the ham handed makeover of the News and Opinion tab, I'm not going to bother to locate), Chicago voters aren't going to care about that. Who is going to run against him as a credible reform candidate?

  • In reply to waterbill:

    I never understood why Obama picked Emanuel to begin with. Most of us knew he was the prototypical strong-arm political weasel (and now everyone knows) who flew in the face of the "new government" public image on which Obama was elected. The President's biggest millstone in being able to deliver positive "change" in Washington is his posse of old school hacks and Clinton retreads. Surrounding himself with a team of well-experienced hacks was a crippling mistake that's help mess up any potential ability to move the country forward. It's also cost him credibility with people like me who bought the pitch, and it will probably cost him reelection. But like he says "I'm in charge," so he has himself to blame.

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