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A Bad Omen


President-elect Barack Obama has served notice that he does not consider himself bound by anything he said during the campaign. The day after winning on a theme of "postpartisanship," he has chosen as his White House Chief of Staff a person who is arguably the most extreme partisan in the entire City of Washington, Rahm Emanuel. I fully expected the moderate, postpartisan mask to come off after the election, but even I didn't think it would come off this quickly.


"[T]he most extreme partisan in the entire city of Washington"? Sen. Lindsey Graham said: "This is a wise choice by President-elect Obama...He can be a tough partisan but also understands the need to work together...I consider Rahm to be a friend and colleague. He's tough but fair. Honest, direct, and candid." It would seem that there are a lot of people on both sides of the aisle in Washington (and other places) who are "extreme partisans". Don't you think that your ongoing comments about candidate and now President-elect are a bit over the top?

No, I think it is fair criticism of what I regard as a flat-out betrayal of what he promised the American people and a worrisome sign that more of the same is to come. I am not by any means alone in that opinion. The fact that Lindsey Graham has made a contrary statement is of no concern to me.

BJ DA, and what did Paul Begala say about Rahm Emanuel?

That he's got this big ol' pair of brass [accouterments]? Lots of those in Washington too...

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