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Rahm Guy at the Rahm Time: Democrats Ensure Legacy of Loss

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Its about time that they change the saying from “pot calling the kettle black” to “liberals being liberals.” What I am referring to, in this instance, is a mindboggling Rolling Stone profile on Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) — one that happens to be indicative both of the innate hypocrisy that lies with minority politics and specifically, the contradiction within the Democratic Party.

The article begins with what can be described as nothing but pure opinion on behalf of the writer. He simultaneously asserts both his opinion and utter lack of credentials in the realm of politics with this gem from the fourth paragraph:

“Unlike others in the Democratic leadership who seem reluctant to criticize the president and are fearful of their own party’s grass roots…”

Others like Howard Dean, the head of the DNC who said, “I hate Republicans and everything they stand for”? Or the recent cries for impeachment? Or the vote of the Senate to override Bush’s military action in Iraq?

Take a little credit, buddy. Bush’s approval ratings aren’t at 30 percent because the public closely monitors his actions. They sink lower and lower every day because of a concerted and united Democratic front that both undermines and belittles his authority. The president’s poll numbers are horrifically disappointing because Republicans, of late, have no answer to the mounting criticism from Democratic leadership. Bush is incompetent, sure, but he didn’t self-destruct. He was dismantled.

But let’s get back to the article itself, one that unfortunately goes downhill from here.

“We’re the party of change,” Emanuel tells me. “We’re the party of a new direction — a break from rampant cronyism and the status quo. Period.”

That’s well and good, but it contradicts both reality and the facts presented in the article — by a Democrat-friendly writer. One might even call this an instance of “liberals being liberals.”

Rampant cronyism? That’s peculiar talk coming from the head advisor to Bill Clinton. You know, the guy who sold nights in the Lincoln bedroom and pardoned his brother’s crimes. The same man whose wife rode his coattails to a spot in the Senate.

Emanuel isn’t only guilty of cronyism by association, he actively participates in it himself.

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.”

Ahh, the hilarity… I mean hypocrisy. The public is supposed to be up in arms about a no-bid Haliburton contract, but be perfectly ok with oppositional political anger tha goes to the extreme of feigned stabbing? This guy sits back and rails against supposed “cronyism,” meanwhile his closest friends describe him as a modern day political gangster?

“Like [former House Majority Leader Newt] Gingrich in the early 1990s, Emanuel is trying to create a national wave of anti-Washington sentiment rooted in the mounting instances of corruption and sleaze that have piled up in the Republican-led Congress. “People aren’t happy with Washington!” he shouts, echoing the attitude that Gingrich capitalized on. “Look, we should be the party outside of Washington coming to goddamn kick ass out there!”

The reason that no one sees Democratic candidates as an “outside” party is the fact that they so obviously aren’t. Emanuel will not recreate the Republican Revolution, ironically because he refuses to follow a chief tenet of Gingrich’s philosophy–that “real changes requires real change”

Emanuel, like many liberals, still thinks and openly schemes about an illusion of change rather than real change. It, like the policies he enacts, comes down to valuing symbols of substance.

“You’ve got to have people that look and sound like they’re not career politicians,” he says.

No genius, you’ve got to have people that aren’t career politicans. Is this solution to a nationwide exhaustion at career politicians to find people who seem different? No, the solution is getting people that are different. When the polls show the public like values, strategy lies in getting values, not the illusion thereof.

Even then, the necessity of such an action is indicative of a greater, more troubling problem. The need for successful, charismatic leaders from outside the Beltway has always existed, and it shouldn’t come as a wake-up call. This should have been a continually reached quota, not some shiny new strategy. Its a sad, pathetic admission to declare a renewed effort to find new sources of leadership, because it means you haven’t been doing it the whole time.

And then there exists the irony in what the article is attempting to predict. We are supposed to be stunned and impressed with the Democrats’ go-to-guy, Rahm Emanuel. We are supposed to believe that we rest at the cusp of a liberal Congressional revolution and fear the wrath of a rising minority party. We are prompted to tremble at the political might of this strategic genius who aims to capitalize on Republican error.

The problem is that this ignores one crucial historical fact: Emanuel was the top political advisor to Clinton — the man whose political failings directly led to the Gingrich’s revolution and takeover. It’s more than ironic to believe that the man whose ineptitude led to his party’s downfall is going to be the one responsible for its rise to power. It’s stupid. Sure the party owes Emanuel a lot, mainly because their dismal political position is partially his fault, but you don’t put a loser in charge of your comeback.

Emanuel can rally against Washington until he’s blue in the face and it won’t change the fact that he’s campaigning against himself. The logic here is mindblowing. His plan is to use the same language and criticism that Gingrich used to rise to power even though Gingrich’s language and criticism were aimed at Emanuel. Its not just circular reasoning, it’s stupidity.

The Democratic approach begins with hypocrisy and that, naturally, is what it ends with.

The war, he says, exposed the administration’s “incompetence,” while the aftermath of Katrina revealed its corruption and cronyism.

That’s well and good, except for the fact that, I don’t know, even the compliments of his friends point to an attitude of “say one thing, do another”

“Unlike past DCCC chairmen, who simply dispersed money without demanding anything in return, Emanuel approaches the job with the sensibility of a Mob bookie. He forces candidates in the most competitive races who receive money to sign what he calls a “Memo of Understanding,”

Nothing says “merit-based politics” quite like a comparison to the mob, does it? Last time I checked, the word “cronyism” had its very origins in organized crime. We are supposed to see this guy as the second coming of honesty in Washington. Meanwhile, his friends have taken to likening him to a bookie? “Memo of Understanding,” now that sounds like a fair, open-ended agreement.


This is why, despite Republican errors, the Democrats will continue to lose. They embrace ridiculous politicians as the answer to their prayer, despite the fact that are utterly incompetent. They’ve picked the person responsible for a major Republican victory to head up an attack on the still-reigning victors. That’s like hiring the spoon that broke your garbage disposal to fix it.

For all Emanuel’s rhetoric, for all his campaigning against “cronyism,” this man was a integral part of one of the most corrupt administrations this nation has ever known. He was an advisor to the president who was not only impeached for lying under oath, but stole things from the White House on the way out. His nickname is the “Godfather,” and his scathing criticism of Bush is his use of political favors.

Despite his less than impressive political record, Emanuel would lose on his policies alone. His genius plan is not to get candidates from outside the system, but rather to get candidates who look like they come from outside the system. The American public may be negligent, but it isn’t completely stupid. Voters might — and I’m going way out on a limb here — prefer real politicians over puppets masquerading as leaders.

And lastly, we have what might be the most out-of-touch assertion I’ve heard in my entire life. Does the left really believe that it isn’t critical enough of the president? This is an honest question, because for the life of me, I can’t answer it on my own. I can’t recall the last time I heard anyone say anything positive about Bush, never mind someone even remotely liberal.

Is the key to progress in this country beating the dead horse that is the current administration? I don’t think so. Thus, Rahm Emanuel is about as original and honest as the last president he served.

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  • Anthony Grande

    Well I don’t believe that the current administration is a dead horse but the Democratic Party sure would like it to be and if the horse ever were to die their strategy would definately be to kick the dead horse and the sheep (the poor minorities and middle class idiots follow the elite like sheep) would definately join in.

  • I hear the “under 18/can’t vote” crowd is decidedly Republican.

    Anthony, care to comment?

  • haha

  • Anthony Grande

    Are you kidding, Scott? I would safely say that the under 18 crowd is about 90% liberal/democrat.

    This is because they believe everything they here on MTV and what their favorite musicians say. Teachers also play a big part in liberalizing our youth.

    “To be under 18 and a conservative is to have no heart, but to be over 40 and a liberal is to have no brain,” Winston Churchill

  • This is because they believe everything they here on MTV and what their favorite musicians say. Teachers also play a big part in liberalizing our youth.

    Yeah, teachers are so busy liberalizing our youth that they’ve stopped teaching the differences in homonyms, synonyms and basic grammar. MTV does a great service in trying to get our youth to be informed. I wish parents could do their part.

  • I have to say, after reading this piece twice, that it really does go to the heart of the problem with the democrats as an opposition party. They want to be the outsiders, but without paying the price of actually BEING outsiders.


  • Thanks Dave, that means alot, I really respect what you do here.

  • “Are you kidding, Scott?”
    Yeah, I was. I think most of the “under 18/can’t vote” crowd is a-political. 90% of them don’t even follow it I’m willing to wager.

    And as far as Dems being outsiders, as of this moment, they are the outsiders. So we’ll see what happens in ’06. It’s looking not to bode too well for Republicans but we’ll see.

    Other than that…I read the article in Rolling Stone and I think alot of the quotes are out of context and there’s too much time spent trying to tie Rahm to Clinton’s scandals.

    But, whatever…you don’t like the guy. That’s cool.

  • Anthony Grande

    “MTV does a great service in trying to get our youth to be informed.”

    I got to disagree. I remember that during the last election they called Bush a liar because there were no WMDs in Iraq and they claimed over and over again how Bush was going to insert the draft.

    I even remember on one occasion they announced on MTV News that BUSH already tried to reinstate the draft and Congress voted it down. MTV was lying. It was actually Democratic congressman Rangel that wrote up the daft bill.

    MTV is a negative influence on our kids when it comes to politics and life in general.

  • AG–Are you forgetting their selfless coverage of Live Aide? You know, the non-profit event that they shoved commericials in?

  • Silas Kain

    MTV is a negative influence on our kids when it comes to politics and life in general.

    Yeah, Rock the Vote was such a scandalous program. Live Aid was a sham. MTV promotes promiscuity and drug use.

    Anthony, MTV has done more to inform the Youth of America about the things that really matter. Sure they are very commercial with their videos and advertising. That being said, they’ve done a hell of a job in outreach and their new project, LOGO, is absolutely incredible.

  • Anthony Grande

    Your prejudice is showing, Silas. I watched many of the Rock the Vote events and speeches and I saw people like Eminem saying, “You have to get out and vote because if you don’t you will be HE will be re-elected and you will be drafted,” and then he goes on to performing his song “Mosh” while holding a sign that reads “Rock the Vote”. Here are the lyrics to “Mosh” if you are unfamiliar to it:

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America
    And to the Republic for which it stands
    One nation under God
    It feels so good to be back..

    I scrutinize every word, memorize every line
    I spit it once, refuel and re-energize and rewind
    I give sight to the blind, my insight through the mind
    I exercise my right to express when I feel it’s time
    It’s just all in your mind, what you interpret it as
    I say to fight, you take it as I’mma whip someone’s ass
    If you don’t understand, don’t even bother to ask
    A father who has grown up with a fatherless past
    Who has blown up now to rap phenomenon that has
    Or at least shows no difficulty multi-task
    And in juggling both perhaps mastered his craft
    Slash entrepreneur who has helped launch a few more rap acts
    Who’s had a few obstacles thrown his way through the last half
    Of his career typical manure moving past that
    Mr. kisses ass crack, he’s a class act
    Rubber band man, yea he just snaps back

    Come along follow me as I lead through the darkness
    As I provide just enough spark that we need to proceed
    Carry on, give me hope, give me strength
    Come with me and I won’t steer you wrong
    Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog
    To the light at the end of the tunnel
    We gonna fight, we gonna charge, we gonna stomp, we gonna march
    Through the swamp, we gonna mosh through the marsh
    Take us right through the doors (c’mon)

    All the people up top on the side and the middle
    Come together lets all bomb and swamp just a little
    Just let it gradually build from the front to the back
    All you can see is a sea of people some white and some black
    Don’t matter what color, all that matters we gathered together
    To celebrate for the same cause don’t matter the weather
    If it rains let it rain, yea the wetter the better
    They ain’t gonna stop us they can’t, we stronger now more than ever
    They tell us no we say yea, they tell us stop we say go
    Rebel with a rebel yell, raise hell we gonna let em know
    Stomp, push, shove, mush, Fuck Bush, until they bring our troops home (c’mon)


    Imagine it pouring, it’s raining down on us
    Mosh pits outside the oval office
    Someone’s tryina tell us something,
    Maybe this is god just sayin’ we’re responsible
    For this monster, this coward,
    That we have empowered
    This is Bin Laden, look at his head noddin’
    How could we allow something like this without pumping our fists
    Now this is our final hour
    Let me be the voice in your strength and your choice
    Let me simplify the rhyme just to amplify the noise
    Try to amplify the times it, and multiply by six…
    Teen million people, Are equal at this high pitch
    Maybe we can reach alqueda through my speech
    Let the president answer a higher anarchy
    Strap him with an Ak-47, let him go, fight his own war
    Let him impress daddy that way
    No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil
    No more psychological warfare, to trick us to thinking that we ain’t loyal
    If we don’t serve our own country, we’re patronizing a hero
    Look in his eyes its all lies
    The stars and stripes, they’ve been swiped, washed out and wiped
    And replaced with his own face, Mosh now or die
    If I get sniped tonight you know why,
    Cause I told you to fight.


    And as we proceed,
    To Mosh through this desert storm,
    In these closing statements, if they should argue
    Let us beg to differ
    As we set aside our differences
    And assemble our own army
    To disarm this Weapon of Mass Destruction
    That we call our President, for the present
    And Mosh for the future of our next generation
    To speak and be heard
    Mr. President, Mr. Senator
    Do you guy’s hear us…hear us…[laughing] (Hailie)

    And if this doesn’t convince you then find the video that they played on MTV over and over again. It was just amazing.

    There was much more at these rallies but this is the one that stood out the most.


    It was a blatant publicity stunt that benefited Africa in no way at all. It didn’t raise a single penny to help the starving, rather it was a massive ego-fest for some bored rockstars.

    Rock the vote? Are you serious?– Vote or Die or Because P.Diddy Said So”

    MTV hasn’t done crap for society…ever.

    Except for as the above poster said, play the “Mosh” video. Because, as well all know, it greatly impacted the last election

  • Anthony Grande

    Ryan, notice how quickly Silas left?

    This has been the strategy of many libs on Blogcritics. When you see that you are beat in your argument you just leave and no one will ever bring up about how you lost because if your not here no more whats the the point?

  • yup. classy.