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Is Rahm Emanuel on the way out?

Amol Rajan

The thing is, I simply don’t know if this ought to be another humble submission to my esteemed colleague John Rentoul’s outstanding series, regarding Questions in Headlines to Which the Answer is No.

You see, Alex Spillius has a rather intriguing scoop in the Telegraph this morning, alerting the world to the possibility that the American President’s Chief of Staff may leave the White House before two years of Obama’s first term are up.

He seems cheesed off at not getting his way.

It’s hard to overstate the extent to which Republicans, already feeling that they’ve got the wind in their sails ahead of the mid-term elections, will jump on this as a sign of administrative failure in the White House. That would be a great shame, not least because it is partly true.

Emanuel is a man whose reputation enters a room long before he does; and he was appointed to that post specifically because he was a fixer with a record of getting things done. His departure would be interpreted by a large portion of the American populace, and many of the right wing cable channels and radio stations, as a sign that things are at breaking point in the Oval Office, and not enough is getting done.

He would be a very big scalp for the Republicans. Expect to read plenty more in the next few months about what Emanuel got up to when he lived and worked in Chicago.

  • http://Firebird.com JunkkMale

    If he does, maybe a case of PR irony failure?

    Citing time & money sailing as a failure to engage with the public (little folk) whilst boss in chief, not unconnected in the barb exchanges, enjoying yet another 18 holes perhaps not smartest move?

  • Ehross

    An israeli army officer spy in the oval office, the US is so stupid.

  • http://www.prozrachny.com Neil McGowan

    Try writing something without referring to your heroes Rentoul and Hitchens for once?

    Although frankly I doubt you’re able to. God alone knows why the Indy employ you – are you someone’s nephew or something?

  • Phantomflinger

    Yes, also the son of a convicted murderer and terrorist too…

  • delphicvi

    Emanuel is a “fixer” all right! But a “fixer” for who? and what? and why?

  • thomasaikenhead

    Deja vu all over again!

    Just like his previous experience with the Clinton administration, Rahm Emanuel promises but fails to deliver. As time passes more and more people realise that he is more of a liability than an asset.

    Once more, the tipping point is reached and he is shown the door.

  • banjobailey

    “He would be a very big scalp for the Republicans.” Republicans scalp every Democrat, big or small. They would have nothing to offer in their attack except the same old claims they have been making since Obama was elected.
    They are dedicated to seeing to it that Obama fails. Therefore, they create and advertise “failure” at every opportunity. Facts are simply launching pads from which Republicans ejaculate into the atmosphere their toxic words.
    I suspect that too many people in the United States are busy with other concerns to pay much attention to whether or not this guy’s leaving the administration means Obama is a failure.

  • banjobailey

    “He would be a very big scalp for the Republicans.” Republicans scalp every Democrat, big or small. They would have nothing to offer in their attack except the same old claims they have been making since Obama was elected.
    They are dedicated to seeing to it that Obama fails. Therefore, they create and advertise “failure” at every opportunity. Facts are simply launching pads from which Republicans ejaculate into the atmosphere their toxic words.
    I suspect that too many people in the United States are busy with other concerns to pay much attention to whether or not this guy's leaving the administration means Obama is a failure.


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