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(Wall Street Journal)   The good thing about Obama's new chief of staff: He might be able to get the wackier members of Congress, like Barbara Boxer or Nancy Pelosi, to STFU   (online.wsj.com) divider line 180
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2008-11-07 04:39:06 PM  
In before Gary has a chance to show up and tell us why this is a Very Bad Thing...for Obama.
 
2008-11-07 04:50:58 PM  
Rahm Emmanuel is efficient, ruthless and loyal. He's a brilliant pick.
 
2008-11-07 05:01:00 PM  
Can someone tell me how the hell Barbra Boxer is wacky? She's a damn fine Senator. CA has 2 good ones.
 
2008-11-07 05:13:17 PM  
quickdraw: He's a brilliant prick.

FTFY.

/agree its a great pick
//you need a hammer
 
2008-11-07 05:14:23 PM  
DamnYankees: Can someone tell me how the hell Barbra Boxer is wacky? She's a damn fine Senator. CA has 2 good ones.

I was just about to post the same thing.
 
2008-11-07 05:14:27 PM  
bartink: quickdraw: He's a brilliant prick.

FTFY.

/agree its a great pick
//you need a hammer


Funny, that is how I first read it.
 
2008-11-07 05:15:07 PM  
well educated, experienced, and light on his feet he's gonna dance circles around all of 'em.
 
2008-11-07 05:15:11 PM  
DamnYankees: Can someone tell me how the hell Barbra Boxer is wacky? She's a damn fine Senator. CA has 2 good ones.

Um, maybe it's because she should be in the kitchen making me a sandwich.
 
2008-11-07 05:15:30 PM  
I like how everyone is talking about what an asshole this guy is, but none of us have ever met him, and I haven't even heard any specific stories of him being a massive asshole. Can someone clue me in?
 
2008-11-07 05:15:32 PM  
DamnYankees: Can someone tell me how the hell Barbra Boxer is wacky? She's a damn fine Senator. CA has 2 good ones.

She is a smart, confident woman. They hate that.

/re: Palin
 
2008-11-07 05:16:49 PM  
Pelosi, for better or worse, is Speaker of the House. Third in line to the Presidency and her political loyalties are with Congress, not the Executive. If Emmanuel's goal is to silence her or thwart her, how have we improved over the Bush adminstration?

/not a fan of Pelosi
//fan of our checks and balances
 
2008-11-07 05:17:08 PM  
I like how everyone is talking about what an asshole this guy is, but none of us have ever met him, and I haven't even heard any specific stories of him being a massive asshole.

You missed the "DEAD! DEAD! DEAD! DEAD!" posts from yesterday?
 
2008-11-07 05:17:44 PM  
DamnYankees: I like how everyone is talking about what an asshole this guy is, but none of us have ever met him, and I haven't even heard any specific stories of him being a massive asshole. Can someone clue me in?

Because his daughters are always smiling and look really happy?
 
2008-11-07 05:18:34 PM  
ZangTT: DamnYankees: I like how everyone is talking about what an asshole this guy is, but none of us have ever met him, and I haven't even heard any specific stories of him being a massive asshole. Can someone clue me in?

Because his daughters are always smiling and look really happy?


What a total douche bag!
 
2008-11-07 05:19:17 PM  
Cubicle Jockey: I like how everyone is talking about what an asshole this guy is, but none of us have ever met him, and I haven't even heard any specific stories of him being a massive asshole.

Its like Alec Baldwin. The word was he was a prick, but there were never specifics, and then came the tape.
 
2008-11-07 05:19:22 PM  
Damn Yankees

i like him! just could'nt pass up the op.
lighten up Francis?
 
2008-11-07 05:19:48 PM  
"Guide my pimp hand and make it strong, G*d, so that she might learn a Senators' place. Amen."

Again, Boxer isn't really wacky at all. Durbin, Schumer, and Clinton may need a pimp-stroke (Sanders is left but restrained), but the Dem. Senators are mostly far more moderate than the GOP Senators were. In the House, though, there's plenty of wacky to go around
 
2008-11-07 05:20:36 PM  
Yeah I don't know why Republicans are so worried about Rahm Emmanuel. The Republicans don't have any power. He didn't hire him to go after Republicans. I think Obama picked Rahm Emmanuel to keep the Democratic congress in line.

That is going to be the hard thing to do. Defeating Republicans was easy, getting Democrats to agree, now that will be hard!

/Hey Barbara Boxer is cool!
 
2008-11-07 05:21:05 PM  
bartink: She is a smart, confident woman. They hate that.

/re: Palin


Palin...smart? And there's a difference between confident and arrogant.
 
2008-11-07 05:21:47 PM  
gshepnyc: Pelosi, for better or worse, is Speaker of the House. Third in line to the Presidency and her political loyalties are with Congress, not the Executive. If Emmanuel's goal is to silence her or thwart her, how have we improved over the Bush adminstration?

/not a fan of Pelosi
//fan of our checks and balances


Yeah, hopefully congress will correct that on their own.
 
2008-11-07 05:22:04 PM  
DamnYankees: I like how everyone is talking about what an asshole this guy is, but none of us have ever met him, and I haven't even heard any specific stories of him being a massive asshole. Can someone clue me in?

From Wiki...

Emanuel is said to have "mailed a rotting fish to a former coworker after the two parted ways."[7] On the night after the 1996 election, "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."[6] His "take-no-prisoners attitude" earned him the nickname "Rahm-bo".[7]

Yeah, if that's true then I can see why people would think he's an asshole. Then again, if he gets shait done who cares? They're not appointing him to be the receptionist.
 
2008-11-07 05:22:38 PM  
nesler: Palin...smart? And there's a difference between confident and arrogant.

As in, see Palin (stupid and confident). I totally screwed it up, I admit.
 
2008-11-07 05:22:46 PM  
Tell Pelosi, Reid, and LIEberman to STFU and remove them from their offices.
 
2008-11-07 05:23:17 PM  
Corvus: That is going to be the hard thing to do. Defeating Republicans was easy, getting Democrats to agree, now that will be hard!

Not when they owe him so much. He's got capital, or something.
 
2008-11-07 05:23:46 PM  
Fart_Machine: Yeah, if that's true then I can see why people would think he's an asshole. Then again, if he gets shait done who cares? They're not appointing him to be the receptionist.

The "dead...dead...dead" thing was him referencing a movie - shiat, I can't remember which one it is right now. But suffice it to say, he was merely doing an impression from a movie.

Yeah, that fish think is kind of jerky.
 
2008-11-07 05:23:53 PM  
I think that's why Obama picked him. To get the Democrats in line and keep them from acting selfishly.
 
2008-11-07 05:24:00 PM  
did someone say Baldwin?
www.fairly-unbalanced.com
the long lost 4th Baldwin, hotlinked
 
2008-11-07 05:24:48 PM  
From all accounts, Rahm Emmanuel is a complete and total asshole, but he gets shiat done.
 
2008-11-07 05:24:58 PM  
www.apsu.edu

obammy's western White House
 
2008-11-07 05:25:55 PM  
Cubicle Jockey: I like how everyone is talking about what an asshole this guy is, but none of us have ever met him, and I haven't even heard any specific stories of him being a massive asshole.

You missed the "DEAD! DEAD! DEAD! DEAD!" posts from yesterday?


I keep seeing Robert DeNiro in the Untouchables...

I want you to get this fark where he breathes! I want you to find this nancy-boy Eliot Ness, I want him DEAD! I want his family DEAD! I want his house burned to the GROUND! I wanna go there in the middle of the night and I wanna PISS ON HIS ASHES!
 
2008-11-07 05:25:58 PM  
I heard he throws gunny sacks full of helpless, puppies into streams of magma flowing from the mouth of hell.
 
2008-11-07 05:26:22 PM  
Chairman Obama is just a on a string from Comrade Pilosi. She pulls, he dances.
 
2008-11-07 05:26:34 PM  
vernonFL: From all accounts, Rahm Emmanuel is a complete and total asshole...

you should read some of his posts on Fark
 
2008-11-07 05:27:10 PM  
bartink: Not when they owe him so much. He's got capital, or something.

Are you kidding me? Have you seen years when the Democrats have a lot of power? It's like herding cats.

But let me say, this is STILL better than the Republicans. And disorganization does have advantages. I don't like people who just "follow orders" like the Republicans do. But sometimes it has problems too.


I doubt the Democrats in congress will let Obama just write stuff up and pass it straight through with no tinkering.

(yes I know presidents do not write bills, but they can pretty much hand them to friendly congressmen and do)
 
2008-11-07 05:27:22 PM  
quickdraw [TotalFark] Quote 2008-11-07 04:50:58 PM
Rahm Emmanuel is efficient, ruthless and loyal. He's a brilliant pick.



Wow, kinda sounds like you're talking about Karl Rove. Both hyper partisan cut throats, except Obama chose his partisan cut throat as his chief of staff.

But that's TOTALLY different right?

Cuz Obama has that " D " by his name....


yeah, ok...


BTW....how exactly does picking a DC insider, Liberal Democrat cut throat partisan comport with the " I'm going to change Washington " bullshiat we heard for more than a year?

Or did you know he was bullshiatting the entire time?

Yeah, ok....
 
2008-11-07 05:27:25 PM  
rfant: obammy's western White House

What's your point? He doesn't have a massive estate...excuse me, "ranch"...and so he...what?
 
2008-11-07 05:27:36 PM  
winterwhile: She pulls, he dances.

she pulls, he talks.
 
2008-11-07 05:28:26 PM  
There is much Marius in this young Obama I fear.
 
2008-11-07 05:29:01 PM  
DamnYankees: Can someone tell me how the hell Barbra Boxer is wacky? She's a damn fine Senator. CA has 2 good ones.

Only to the freepers my man, only to the freepers.
 
2008-11-07 05:29:27 PM  
CityHall: I think that's why Obama picked him. To get the Democrats in line and keep them from acting selfishly.

I've said this all along. Why would he need to beat around the Republicans? They don't have a majority.

Democrats in the congress always feel that it's there job to make things "better", which is fair for them to do. Obama needs a guy to push the stuff through without it being changed too much.
 
2008-11-07 05:30:27 PM  
Corvus: Obama needs a guy to push the stuff through without it being changed too much.

I thought he wanted change
 
2008-11-07 05:30:37 PM  
libbynomore2: BTW....how exactly does picking a DC insider, Liberal Democrat cut throat partisan comport with the " I'm going to change Washington " bullshiat we heard for more than a year?

Or did you know he was bullshiatting the entire time?


Because he doesn't set policy, Obama sets policy. He just makes sure it happens.
 
2008-11-07 05:30:58 PM  
Corvus: Are you kidding me? Have you seen years when the Democrats have a lot of power? It's like herding cats.

That is because we haven't had a candidate with this level of support for his policies. He has a much more clear mandate than anyone since Johnson. Carter was simply not a Republican. Clinton won a three way and then shifted hard right to get a second nod.

This will be different, IMO.
 
2008-11-07 05:31:20 PM  
Pro Zack: Corvus: Obama needs a guy to push the stuff through without it being changed too much.

I thought he wanted change


I hope that was a joke.
 
2008-11-07 05:32:11 PM  
Pro Zack: winterwhile: She pulls, he dances.

she pulls, he talks.


he/she pull dances.
 
2008-11-07 05:32:12 PM  
rfant: obammy's western White House

Not exactly Obama's 'hood, but so be it. Looks like America. We have a President-elect who is not a fourth-generation billionaire (like the current one).
 
2008-11-07 05:32:15 PM  
The good thing about Obama's new chief of staff: He might be able to get the wackier members of Congress, like Barbara Boxer or Nancy Pelosi, to STFU

Actually, the wackier members of Congress all have either (r)s or (Connecticut for Lieberman) after their names.
 
2008-11-07 05:32:30 PM  
Libbynomore2

You're Ann Coulter, aren't you?
 
2008-11-07 05:32:43 PM  

Are you kidding me? Have you seen years when the Democrats have a lot of power? It's like herding cats.


I love this analogy. Spot on.
 
2008-11-07 05:32:47 PM  
bartink: Corvus: Are you kidding me? Have you seen years when the Democrats have a lot of power? It's like herding cats.

That is because we haven't had a candidate with this level of support for his policies. He has a much more clear mandate than anyone since Johnson. Carter was simply not a Republican. Clinton won a three way and then shifted hard right to get a second nod.

This will be different, IMO.


I hope so. But even when Clinton had a demo congress it was very tough for him to get things through. Clinton is some ways had an easier time with the Republican congress on some issues.
 
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