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Posted by libhom Thursday, February 04, 2010

Sarah Palin was starting to resemble some kind of warped genius, being able to be wrong about so many things in a row. Now, she's broken her 1.000 fallibility batting average by saying something reasonable. (From the Seattle Press Intelligencer 2/2/10)

Emanuel has now drawn an elegant, sanctimonious expression of wrath from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee has gone so far as to suggest that the White House tough guy -- he once trained with the Israeli army -- be fired.

Palin has also drawn blood.

Emanuel has apologized for a remark, quoted last week in the Wall Street Journal, in which he called liberal Democrats "(bleepin') retarded."

With her December put down of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- who pardoned a felon who would go on to murder four Lakewood, Wash. police officers -- Palin showed she has combat instincts of a mongoose.

"Just as we'd be appalled if any public figure of Rahm's stature ever used the 'N-word' or other such inappropriate language, Rahm's slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities -- and the people who love them -- is unacceptable, and it's heartbraking," Palin wrote.

Of course, she is wrong about any people being "God's children." There is no "God" to have children. But, that is a rather minor point in this case, especially since it is such a common error.

She's still doing worse than a stopped clock, but she isn't quite as scary about being wrong as before.

Part of the reason why Emanuel has been such an ineffectual Chief of Staff for this administration is that he holds the overwhelming majority of Democratic voters in utter contempt. Even worse, he has used the developmentally disabled as cannon fodder in an attempt to intimidate and offend the vast majority of people who voted for Obama in 2008. Hateful and foolish is a rather accurate way to describe this abysmal failure.

The Dissident Voice is calling for Emanuel to go, based on ethics and policy problems.
Where should Obama start? He should start with his first appointment, the White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel embodies corporate power; the former head of the corporate Democratic Leadership Council has been a corporate, militarist Democrat throughout his career and his politics have cost the Democratic Party repeatedly. He was the architect of NAFTA in 1993, resulting in unions staying home in 1994 and the Democrats losing 54 House seats. As anti-war sentiment raged in 2006, Emanuel, then head of the DCCC, recruited pro-war Democrats. The result, only nine of his hand picked 22 candidates won almost costing the Democrats the majority in a year they should have won a landslide. His unimpressive track record has continued with the Dems going 0 for 3 since Obama took office. Keep Emanuel in the leadership and 2010 will be a Democratic Party disaster.

He is wrong on the issues because of his personal and corporate connections. Emanuel is the bankers lobby favorite. He was the top recipient of donations from hedge funds, private equity, investment and securities firms when he served in Congress. Personally, he earned $18 million in 2.5 years between government jobs at a hedge fund firm. He served on the board of Freddie Mac from 2000-2001 when its decision making helped bring on the housing crisis. It is no surprise that health care reform turned into an insurance company giveaway, while banking reform is giving Wall Street everything it wants and the foreclosure crisis continues unabated.

Emanuel is also a hawk. His father was an Irgun terrorist for Zionists. Emanuel volunteered for the Israeli Defense Forces during the first Gulf War while serving in Congress. He endorsed Obama after the candidate gave a hawkish, pro-Israel speech before the right-wing Israeli lobby, AIPAC, and then introduced Obama to their executive board of major donors. In 2006, when the Democrats won with a mandate to end the war Emanuel made sure ending the war was off the table. It is not surprising he is chief of staff of a White House that has broken all war spending records and has escalated militarism around the globe.

When is Obama going to go ahead and fire a political hack who is destroying this administration?



  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. OBAMA and Bernanke are featured in a movie-- about greedy hedge funds called "Stock Shock." Even though the movie mostly focuses on Sirius XM stock being naked short sold nearly into bankruptcy (5 cents/share), I liked it because it exposes the dark side of Wall Street and revealed some of their secrets. DVD is everywhere but cheaper at www.stockshockmovie.com

  3. GDAEman Says:
  4. "Emanuel" talk about a little Eichmann ... sorry, but that's the image that popped into my mind, and you can hardly blame me for it. Note how I feel compelled to apologize... that's the influence of the Israel lobby at work.

    Obama says we need to push him to do the right think, ala FDR. Well, damn it, lets join the tea baggers and push to get Emanuel fired.

  5. Christopher Says:
  6. I think President Obama needs to clean house in a major way.

    Fire these people:

    Rahm Emanuel
    Robert Gates
    Leon Panetta
    Tim Geithner
    Kathleen Sebelius
    And finally, Janet Napolitano

    All of them are ineffectual and in no way serve the president or the American people.

    I took Hillary off the list because of her remarks about the persecution gay people at the National Prayer Breakfast. I'm still no fan of Hillary but the others on the list are worse.

  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. Call me heartless, but I really don't think Emanuel's comments are that big of a deal. Boneheaded, sure. But not worthy of firing. When did we get so sensitive in this country? I don't know about all that other stuff you've accused him of doing--but being fired over a comment seems stupid. I certainly say things in private that I would certainly regret if any of my colleagues heard it. My teenage niece and nephew are fond of saying, "That's so gay" in response to pretty much anything--and i always call them out on it. I know they don't mean it literally, and I know they mean me no harm. So I'm not going to waterboard them or anything over it.

    And besides, if Emanuel gets fired for this, that will mean Caribou Barbie wins--and I'm sorry, but ANYTHING but that! We'll never hear the end of it. Sure, maybe even a blind squirrel gets a nut now and then, but Palin doesn't need to be encouraged. Her ego is already out of control.

  9. TomCat Says:
  10. I find myself disgusted to have to agree with Mooseolini about anything. I'm surprised that Rahm apoligized. Now where is the apology to those people fighting for health care reform, at whom he leveled the comment in the first place?

  11. Jolly Roger Says:
  12. FWIW, I do not, for one second, believe that Caribou Barbie wrote that admonition. It simply does not sound like something she'd write, or even be capable of writing.



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