Rahm Emanuel Looking to Flee White House Before it all Hits the Fan
In an attempt to get out while the getting is good, Rahm Emanuel is already planting the seed that he will not be with the White House much longer.
Mr Emanuel has reportedly told friends that his role as White House chief of staff was “only an eighteen month job” because of its intensity.
Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to “bang heads together” to get policy pushed through.
Believe it or not, the master of smash-mouth Chicago politics is revealing a softer side in his desire to step down.
Friends say he is also worried about burnout and losing touch with his young family due to the pressure of one of most high profile jobs in US politics.
Then again, when you look beyond the smoke and mirrors of Emanuel’s statements, a picture of what is going on inside the Obama administration begins to develop. Smitty over at TOM has what I believe to be a spot-on assessment of current conditions inside the Obama White House.
So it sounds to me that the realpolitik of Chicago is losing out to the Ivory Tower buffoonery.
A political beast like Emanuel would never leave politics for good though, rather he is looking for a position where he can be his own man; answerable to no one.
Mr Emanuel has privately expressed a readiness to run for mayor of Chicago, which is also his home town. That would however depend on Mayor Richard Daley stepping down when he is up for re-election in 2011.
Or does Emanuel have certain “information” that would help him convince Daley to step down? Only time will tell.
All in all, the real story on Rahm’s departure will be told when his replacement is chosen; will the White House once again look for a pragmatist who can get things done, or will they reach for another Progressive ideologue who is more concerned with pushing agenda than getting things done? Stay tuned.