Thursday, November 06, 2008

oh, rahm.

The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan (November 06, 2008) - Getting To Know Obama's New Chief Of Staff

i have just added one more name to my Crazy Jewish Dudes I Like (A LOT) list:

And there’s the story of how, the night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president’s enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting "Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!" and plunging the knife into the table after every name. "When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape," one campaign veteran recalls. "It was like something out of The Godfather. But that’s Rahm for you."



Orange said...

Yeah, you know, people at Pandagon and Berube seem to loathe Rahm because they don't approve of his centrist DLC ways.

Me, I think of three-ways with Barack and Rahm. I will fight you for them.

His kids go to school in my neighborhood, too.

king of pants said...

Actually, it was like something out of 'Animal House', but don't say.

(yay Obama!)

ding said...

you know, the folks over at Pandagon and most academic people tend not to exist on the same plane as the rest of us.

what is this plane called? reality.

it's like they forget that not everything is about theory - there's actually practice you have to think about. like, you know, RUNNING an office.

executively-speaking, Rahm is a very good strategic choice. he's loyal, smart, more than capable and has no problem being Bad Cop to an Obama Good Cop.

what would i want in a Chief of Staff? i want someone who has my back, who can deliver bad messages, who can go places i can't go and say things i can't say and will be absolutely LOYAL to my vision without being all up in my ass.

i don't want a wispy, guitar-carrying ideological purist who can't find the bathroom.

ding said...

oh, and i will fight you anywhere and anytime for some Rahm-time, dude.

god, he's like a political Raul Julia.

No Nonsense said...


You must see this... I just left your blog and stumbled on this post and totally cracked up


Anonymous said...

Two cabinet appointments, two members of the Tribe. Whee! David Axelrod even went to my high school.

Wouldn't want to see him in a speedo, though.

Not that I'm keeping score here. Ahem.

In other news, Oprah's election-night man-crush is apparently going to be on her show. Not obviously Hebraic, but still...


SiddityintheCity said...

From what I've heard, he seems like the perfect counterpoint to Obama's unflappable calm, so yeah, ideal chief.

I was watching FOX the other morning and they had some Washington talking head conservative on, whining about what a meanie Rahm is...and then finishing with, "You know, he did ballet." As though the dedication and balls-of-steeliness required to be a hetero male ballet dancer is a bad thing.

Ahahahaha character assassination FAIL.

ding said...

@No Nonsense -
See? Me and the gays have always had the same taste!

Rahm is so totally hot, it's unbelievable. Can you imagine a staff meeting with him and Obama? Lord, catch me.

ding said...

@Lee - that's ok. I know you're comfortable enough in your masculinity that you can keep track of speedo-worthiness.

Did you see the Jon Stewart show (yet another member of The Tribe I'd like to, uh, meet)? He did this bit on Oprah being able to buy a white man like he was one of her favorite things. It made me laugh.

ding said...

@Sid - Joffrey Ballet?? Dear lord, the man is even hotter. In tights?? Flexible, even?

Thighs, and resolve, of steel.

No Nonsense said...

I like flexibility too

ding said...

it's also a big ol' flag to folks worried that an Obama administration would kick the Israel issue to the curb - uh, don't think so.