Posts Tagged ‘Emanual’

15th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

Today the controversy over what Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it took a dramatic turn.  CIA Director Leon Panetta issued a memo saying that the CIA doesn’t mislead Congress. 

Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and our values. As the Agency indicated previously in response to Congressional inquiries, our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.” Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.  

This memo is a big deal.  This is an arm of the executive branch taking a direct shot (in return) at the sitting Speaker of the U.S. House.  There is no way this memo was written or released without the direct knowledge of White House COS Rahm Emanual and maybe even the President himself.

That’s what we call high stakes politics, and I’m guessing the boys from Chicago are going to win this against the Madame from San Francisco.  By the time the Sunday shows come around, there will be discussions about how long she can stay as Speaker.

12th February
2009
written by Sean Noble

Senator Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from nomination to be Secretary of Commerce.  Both Drudge and the AP story play it as Obama “burned” and that it came as “a surprise” respectively.

I don’t buy it.  Obama and his Chief of Staff cut their political teeth in the Chicago political machine, and this has the look of bus tires over the back of Gregg.  This is all about Gregg not getting in line while he still had a vote and supporting the Administration’s number one priority: the stimulus package.

Obama’s and Emanual’s political instincts are excellent, but their egos are blinding them from the benefit they would have enjoyed having the Republican Gregg in the Administration.  As they say, politics is a contact sport – which includes busses to be thrown under.

11th February
2009
written by Sean Noble

Senate and House negotiators have announced a “deal” on the stimulus package.  It will cost about $789 BILLION.  Reportedly, Senate Democrats are stomping their feet in anger because education funding has been reduced, and, well, because they need to make it look like this really was a compromise.

Democrats know that Republicans would be critical, so if they got some of their liberal members to start yelling, it would look like it was “the middle of the road.” 

This is what we call “creating the right optics” and I can pretty much guarantee that Rahm Emanual was the mastermind behind all this.

As reported in the New York Times, liberal lion, Tom Harkin, played the supporting role perfectly (emphasis mine):

Even before the last touches were put to the bill, the emerging deal infuriated some Democrats who said that President Obama and Congressional leaders had been too quick to give up on Democratic priorities. Some critics also suggested that the final figure was too small to be effective because of the grave condition of the American economy.

I am not happy with it,” said Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa. “You are not looking at a happy camper. I mean, they took a lot of stuff out of education. They took it out of health, school construction and they put it more into tax issues.”

Usually, if Harkin is not happy, I am, which is exactly what Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Emanual want – they want us happy to have a “trimmed-down” stimulus bill.  Well, it isn’t going to work for me.  I’m standing right there by Harkin and I’m infuriated!