U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel will bring a “tough-minded” and “pragmatic” approach to the White House when he becomes President-Elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff, according to people who know the Chicago, Illinois, native.
Of course, some would use other adjectives to describe him, such as “attack dog” who uses “slash and burn” tactics. And they’d be right. I’ve also heard reported that he can be foul mouthed and fiercely partisan. I like that. But of course some won’t, like Republican John Boehner of Ohio, who criticized the pick, saying:
“This is an ironic choice for a president-elect who has promised to change Washington, make politics more civil and govern from the center,” Boehner said.
To which I say, Is it really ironic, John? I mean, if by ironic it is the exact opposite of what you expected to happen. Probably it is more accurate to say that Boehner finds it disappointing, even galling, and possibly frightening in the sense that he and his fellow Repubs are fretting over what’s to become of them now.
Payback’s a bitch, John. But don’t you worry about Obama. He’s a good guy, fair, wants to reach across the aisle. As for Emanuel, well, if it’s true what they say, I’d grow eyes in the back of my political head.