* Rahm Emanuel: The president’s first chief of staff and the now-mayor of Chicago was a key cog in Obama’s first term. But the celebratory video that led into the president’s speech barely made mention of Rahm — and, when it did, it cast him as the guy saying that the Affordable Care Act couldn’t pass. Not great.
Among the White House achievements championed in the video was the passage of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. However, one of the voices in the video relays that Emanuel, as Chief of Staff during the first two years of Obama’s administration, tried to get him to kill the bill because it would cost him re-election in 2012.
“A lot of people argued the politics were too costly,” former adviser David Axelrod said.
“Rahm Emanuel came to him and said you’re going to have to pull the bill, because if you push this legislation, you will lose in 2012,” another voice said.
However, the video depicts Obama as soldiering on to get it passed, no matter the politics. Obamacare would wind up passing Congress without a single Republican vote before Obama signed it into law.
Dumping on Rahm Emanuel in the authorized Obama video? They must be really convinced Rahm's career is toast.
* Mark Brown: White House not only race on some Chicago delegates’ radar: Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a late arrival Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention, but many of those regarded as possible successors have been on the scene all week.
* ADDED: Democratic National Convention video leaves Emanuel ‘under the bus’
My second thought: The shots fired on Rahm had to be approved by both Obama and Clinton. That means that the very best political minds available to the Democratic party calculated that the loss or injury of a legendary Democratic fund-raiser like Rahm could be offset by the political benefit of publicly sacrificing him on live television.
That appears to say something very important about: a) the decreased strength of Rahm’s fund-raising ability, or
b) the increased political strength of the Left in the Democratic Party, or
The way I always heard that story was that Rahm told Obama that if he passed the ACA using reconciliation, it would burn all of his political capital/poison the well and that he would never pass another significant piece of legislation as long as he was president. The fact that Obama ispetty that Rahm was right is not surprising, but the fact that it was on public display at the DNC certainly was.
Rahm sloughs off being thrown under the bus by saying the facts are well known. But that doesn’t explain why Obama, HRC, and DNC felt the need to bring it all up again. I still haven’t heard a satisfactory explanation. Do you Rahm would like us to discuss this question some more?
Monday morning QB-not. If I’m running toward the Goal!,…I don’t need my teammate telling me to take a “knee” before the goal line. You might not win but it’s worth the fight. With respect, I’m not a freakin politician so maybe I don’t understand pretend alliances.
Pick. A. Name. Otherwise my policy of not responding to anonymous commenters will be enforced. You seem like you have something worthwhile to say. Why do you want to be confused with all of the other knuckleheads that are too lazy to use a regular nickname?
Durbin’s right. The Affordable Care Act wouldn’t have passed without Rahm. The President didn’t follow Rahm’s advice–but then Rahm followed the President’s orders. Through his contacts, Rahm ascertained how much of the proposed act was possible in Congress and persuaded the President to strip the bill down accordingly. He also engineered the end run when T Kennedy’s Senate seat was taken by the GOP.