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Should Rahm Emanuel run?

Two people close to Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he will resign as White House chief of staff on Friday, and will begin his campaign for Chicago mayor by meeting with voters in the city on Monday.

The two people familiar with his plans, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Emanuel's announcement, said he will return to Chicago over the weekend and begin touring neighborhoods on Monday. Read the full story.

By Local Editors  |  September 7, 2010; 9:49 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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A substantial minority don't believe Rahm should be in charge of anything.

Now, if it was his brother, the mad scientist who wants to kill off all the "extra people" I'd say he's exactly the sort of mayor Chicago needs and deserves.

Bwahahahahahaha!!!

Posted by: muawiyah | September 7, 2010 10:31 PM

Anything to get him out of Washington and national politics is okay with me. Perhaps the Democratic Party can return to it's progressive roots rather than pursue his DLC inspired 'Republican-lite' approach.

Posted by: mistermooster | September 7, 2010 11:57 PM

I've lived in chicago 11 years after living in Washington DC for 10 years. Emmanuel represents everything that's wrong with the Democratic Party and Chicago. The tolerance for corruption here is astounding. It took me years to get used to the basic concept that the "Chicago Way" was synonomous with deeply ingrained corruption. To outsiders, it seems amazing that Illinois politics is still controlled by the "Combine"; i.e., the Democratic party, the "Outfit"(linear Sicilian descendants of Al Capone's organization), and Republican "insiders". This place is rotten from top to bottom and Rahm Emmanuel represents the very worst of Illinois politics. He belongs in Hollywood with his brother. To even consider this thug for Mayor is a disgrace.

Posted by: kmsbears | September 8, 2010 12:20 AM

I've lived in chicago 11 years after living in Washington DC for 10 years. Emmanuel represents everything that's wrong with the Democratic Party and Chicago. The tolerance for corruption here is astounding. It took me years to get used to the basic concept that the "Chicago Way" was synonomous with deeply ingrained corruption. To outsiders, it seems amazing that Illinois politics is still controlled by the "Combine"; i.e., the Democratic party, the "Outfit"(linear Sicilian descendants of Al Capone's organization), and Republican "insiders". This place is rotten from top to bottom and Rahm Emmanuel represents the very worst of Illinois politics. He belongs in Hollywood with his brother. To even consider this thug for Mayor is a disgrace.

Posted by: kmsbears | September 8, 2010 12:29 AM

its early still, but only 10% of the respondents see any value in RE remaining Chief of Staff. Hopefully he will not be alone when he departs as most of the electorate has now correctly concluded that we've just replaced one polarized set of Republican ideologues with an equally polarizing set of Democrat ideologues.

A good Chief of Staff is not an attack dog. Rather he/she is someone who can say things that are unpopular to a President. For instance that Presidential speeches are not moments to lapse into an accent reminiscent of a Chicago beer hall. And that even if you think you're being treated like a "dog" you never say those words in public.

How about a little "wisdom" this time?

dcc

Posted by: colonialdc | September 8, 2010 12:38 AM

He should fit right in with the rest of the crooks and crime families that actually run Chicago.

Posted by: GordonShumway | September 8, 2010 8:07 AM

Sorry but Chicago don't want him either...IT'S THE PRO-ISRAEL JEWS THAT WANT HIM...WHY DON'T HE TRY RUNNING AGAINST THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL...

MOST OF THOSE VOTES COMES FROM ISRAEL

Posted by: danders5000 | September 8, 2010 8:16 AM

Rahm fits right in with the gang life of Chicago. He's family there. He should go back home and secure a future for the Obamas in Chicago.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 8, 2010 9:04 AM

Could it be that this unexpected opportunity is not coincidental? Could it be that the President has figured out that the easiest way to make his base ecstatic to dump Rahm?

Posted by: femocrat | September 8, 2010 10:26 AM

Don't see how the Chicago pols are going to get behind damaged goods from Washington. He has no base in the city unless Daley endorses him.

Posted by: chgobluesguy | September 8, 2010 10:33 AM

The sad part of President Obama's situation is that his lead people have completely mismanaged his public relations.

Given the obstructionism of hte Republicans, there has been alot accomplished, and there could have been more.

Unfortunately, the "White House", Lead Staff aka Rahm, Axelrod etc. allowed Nany Pelosi and Harry Reid control the agenda, and played into the republicans and hyperconservatives efforts to establish the press and public relations context.

Sad. Many major political victories, but losing the philosophical war.

Posted by: poorrichard | September 8, 2010 10:46 AM

Are you kidding me? Obama and Emanuel are the only ones with any backbone. Who here is honestly inspired by the level of confidence portrayed by a loser like Gibbs? Robert Gibbs is a softer version of Ellsworth Toohey; he can sit in the back room and run a media machine, but force him to the front to lead that same machine in person and he breaks down like horribly coached middle school debate team.

Emanuel is one of the few in Obama's administration who A.) knows what the scum on both sides of the aisle are going to respond to shows of power and force (intimidation is the only language that kind of human being speaks-at least we've got one working for us), B.) isn't afraid of a fight, and C.) knows when to pick one.

Posted by: cleverrevolution | September 8, 2010 12:48 PM

Karl Rove and Rahm Emanuel are cut from the same Machiavellian, slightly paranoid (or just plain manipulative), morally bankrupt fabric. Heaven help us if these are the kind of advisors we want our elected officials to rely on.

As he was dying, Lee Atwater expressed what seemed like genuine regret for employing tactics similar to theirs when he led the Republican party. There is a lesson in that.

There are many politicians who need to account for their sophistries, twisted truths, and outright lies and deceptions they've used for political gain. Liberals and conservatives disagree on many moral issues, but can we start agreeing that honesty and integrity shouldn't be among them? Is there really no longer a place for sincere, humble, introspective people at the top of our government anymore?

Posted by: carlaclaws | September 8, 2010 1:05 PM

Should Rahm Emanuel run?

He should run Blindfolded on I-495 wearing an ashpalt grey parka in rush hour on a foggy day. :)

Posted by: rexreddy | September 8, 2010 1:07 PM

Rahm is typical of Chicago politicians. Let him go on back to join the other thugs and take all the other "Windys" with him. However, may take 2013 to see that wish fulfilled.

Posted by: inmanorj | September 8, 2010 3:44 PM


Anything to get him out of the WH.

Why, in the name of God, have we had an
Israeli army veteran close to the president?
One ran to help the military immediately
after 9/ll...the Israeli military!

And replace him with someone other than an
AIPAC pick. It's insane.

Posted by: whistling | September 8, 2010 4:29 PM

After he sold Hope, Change and the Democratic base down the drain to try to appease his corporate backers, the obstructionist Republicans, Joe Lieberman, Blanche Lincoln, Kent Conrad, Ben Nelson and the rest of the corporate dems, the only job Rahm should hold is Dog Catcher, responsible for catching viscious curs with his bare hands. Get him out of DC, and don't let the door hit him in the A$$ on the way out!

Posted by: pblotto | September 8, 2010 5:06 PM

I want Rahm to run and win. I'm fond of him b/c he served as a volunteer in the IDF. I wanted to serve as a volunteer too but the IDF said I had to have someone that was Jewish call for me and I didn't want to bother anyone that I know that is Jewish.

Posted by: RobertCurleyJacobs | September 8, 2010 5:59 PM

Run right, or maybe it should be left, to jail. Take your boss with you.

Posted by: Hairless | September 9, 2010 8:42 PM

Good Riddance now that Team Obama and Capt
Barack Hussein Obama made Rahm Emanuel and
David Axelrod,Christine Dorm and Larry Summers all walk the plank after they hit
the iceberg and are sinking bow first!...

And so,then Capt Barack Hussein Obama even
threw them under the bus,once they reached
the shore as well. But,it definitely gives
Obama someone else to blame for loss of Control of Congress and Loss of the White House as well. These Chicago Thugs messed up and forgot to take Barack Hussein Obama
back to Chicago with them! Please Pray for
the City of Chicago if Rahm Emanuel is ever
elected Mayor of Chicago the most totally
corrupted city in the USA!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | September 30, 2010 3:20 PM

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