Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Reaching across the aisle—with a steak knife

John Ruberry found this passage about Rahm Emanuel, President-Elect Barack Obama's rumored choice as chief of staff. This is bi-partisanship we can believe in.

That night, on the northwest side, Rahm Emanuel was elected to Congress. A former Clinton whiz kid who'd gotten his start as a fundraiser for Mayor Richard M. Daley, Emanuel was connected -- in the three years after leaving the White House (where he'd helped push through NAFTA), he earned $16 million putting together Wall Street mergers. He was also zealously partisan. He had once owned a consulting business devoted to finding skeletons in Republican closets. At a Clinton victory dinner in Little Rock in 1992, Emanuel celebrated by reciting a hoped-for necrology of Democrats who had "f*cked" the president-elect. After every name, he stabbed a steak knife into a table and screamed, "Dead man!"

Who will be his press secretary, Keith Olbermann?

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