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Jane Hamsher on Rahm’s role

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Well worth reading, Hamsher’s post begins:

After yesterday’s drama, Rahm is fashioning himself the "hero" of the Gang of Fools compromise.  Press accounts are full of glowing tributes like this:

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel attended the final meetings in Reid’s office last night to work out lingering differences. Before Emanuel arrived, Collins said, Democrats were advocating $63 billion in cuts. "Then Rahm got involved, and a much better proposal came forward," she said. 

As AP puts it, " the group backed away from a confrontation that threatened to kill the legislation altogether after White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel weighed in to urge Democrats make a final round of concessions."  In other words, his idea of "bipartisanship" has always been to beat up Democrats and make them give in to conservative policy objectives that already have strong Republican support.  It’s how he operated in the House, how he "gets stuff done."  He doesn’t know how to craft policy and win consensus.

And it looks like the war between Pelosi and Rahm heats up:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the proposed reductions "do violence to what we are trying to do for the future," especially on alternative energy and education, two areas Democrats believe were long neglected under President George W. Bush. "The cuts are very damaging," she told reporters at a House Democratic retreat in Williamsburg. 

She also said "Washington seems consumed by this process argument of bipartisanship."  I don’t think she meant it as a compliment.

If Rahm wants to brag about …

Continue reading.

Written by Leisureguy

7 February 2009 at 12:59 pm

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