Note HuffingtonPost's "On Terror, Emanuel Prefers The BUSH Playbook" "Politics" headline at 12 noon on Nov. 23....
That headline SHOULD be written,
"On prosecuting OVERSEAS WARS, on TAX CUTS FOR RICH, on DEREGULATING FINANCIAL MARKETS, on CRIMINALIZING DISSENT,(Gov. Siegelman still twists in the wind from Karl Rove's lynch-mob Alabama DoJ prosecution); on NO OVERSIGHT BAILOUTS for corrupt, fraudulent, and predatory Wal Street bankers, on SABOTAGING environmental responses to global warming, on SABOTAGING a genuine 'Public Option' health care reform (which COULD have simply been called "Expanded Medicare" and TALKED UP for the past 11 months, but for Emanuel's RELENTLESS SABOTAGE) - on these and on EVERY major issue of the 2009 American political scene, RAHM EMANUEL __PREFERS__ the George W. Bush Playbook" -which is to say, "Rahm Emanuel is SYNONYMOUS with the George Bush, DICK CHENEY, and KARL ROVE LOOTING of the American economy, and JIHAD _AGAINST_ genuine representative American democracy" agenda!
It would literally take an encyclopedia to back up the above assertions with all the sources, citations, and issues of the past dozen years, but a far simpler question would be, "what GENUINELY 'liberal" legislative victories has Mr. Emanuel been part of?" OK, the Pelosi Congress passed 'SCHP' insurance for low-income children in 2007, while Emanuel was the Democrat's House party whip, against the Bush veto of SCHP, but since becoming Chief of Staff to the Obama White House, Emanuel (and thereby Obama) have REFUSED to make the substantive arguments in support of genuine health care reform, that OTHER Democrats made in support of SCHP to get it passed in 2007!!
Below, Jane Hamsher's quick post-mortem recitation of how Rahm Emanuel has a _long track record_ of SABOTAGING Democratic election wins - but even Jane plays it a touch TOO SOFT, she thinks Emanuel is merely a self-promoting corporate Dem with a misguided sense of Democratic election strategy, when in fact Emanuel, like Joe Lieberman, has an EXCELLENT sense of election strategy, he KNOWS that HIS Radical Right Wing neo-con, Likudnik, WARS, police-state, and GODDAMN-SACHS UBER ALLES agenda will NEVER win popular elections, so he MASQUERADES those radical, right-wing priorities under a fake, "DINO," pretend-Democrat veneer.
NOTE items 3and 4 (2005 and 2006) -
- 2005: Rahm as head of DCCC recruits pro-war Dems, threatens to cut funds for any Dem who runs opposing the war
- 2006: Ned Lamont beats Joe Lieberman by opposing the war, opens the floodgates for candidates to buck Rahm & fuel Democratic takeover of House. Rahm’s pro-war candidates lose.
Had Ned Lamont NOT BUCKED the Emanuel (as Chairman of the DCCC Congressional Campaign Committee, i.e. head congressional fundraiser for congressional Democratic candidates in 2006) "WAR PARTY ONLY!" MONOPOLY for pro-war, and AGAINST anti-war candidates, THE DEMOCRATS WOULD HAVE LOST the mid-term elections of 2006!!
This would have been a COMPLETE DISASTER for America, the RE-EMPOWERED Republican Congress and Cheney-Rove-bush White House would have ATTACKED IRAN (WITH, we should point out, AIPAC's enthusiastic support), such a THIRD US/AIPAC WAR against a Muslim nation would have CERTAINLY triggered terrorist attack reprisals (whether in America or against American targets overseas), and they, in turn, would have RAMPED UP the US "war on terror" POLICE STATE - just to Bush, Cheney, Rove, AND EMANUEL's (and Lieberman's) LIKING!
AS the HuffPost headline quite simply explains!
Back in 2006, Ned Lamont quite possibly SAVED AMERICA from a FULL BLOWN "3 major wars and police-state" DICTATORSHIP, (just imagine the 40,000 troops the Army wants to ADD... to Afghanistan TODAY, PLUS the HUNDRED THOUSAND PLUS troops it would take to invade Iran!)
but nearly 4 years later, the hyper-Likudnik, hyper-warmongering, hyper GoddamnSachs "deregulation and bailouts larcency," hyper-TREACHEROUS Rahm Emanuel is ONCE AGAIN __TRYING__ to SABOTAGE the Democratic Majority - with results that are ALREADY showing up all over America, besides the Goddamn-Sachs tainted Corzine loss in New Jersey, and Creigh Deeds "right-wing Republican-lite" losing Virginia governor's contest earlier this month -
"Dem. Congressman Moore will NOT seek re-election in his Republican leaning District in 2010"
Speaker Pelosi is ABOUT TO GO DOWN in History as THE WOMAN who LOST the House, because, in FOUR YEARS of DEMOCRATIC control of Congress, not only did the Democrats FAIL TO DELIVER, not only could they NOT produce a GENUINE health-care alternative to rapaciously predatory "health claims DENIED" private insurers; not only did the Democrats FAIL to reign in MASSIVE FRAUD in the financial markets, not only did the Democrats DO NOTHING to shore up the housing and jobs markets; but under the treacherously not-so-tender mercies of Rahm Emanuel, the Goddamn-Sachs White House, and "yellow dog" Democrats, the COWERING "Democrat" Leadership COULDN'T EVEN MAKE GOOD ARGUMENTS to defend SCHP, Medicare, or Social Security, once Mr. Emanuel was fully infested in the Obama White House!!!
(needless to say, IF Speaker Pelosi does lose her majority in 2010, Republicans WILL IMMEDIATELY fund & invest a new KEN STARR IMPEACHMENT of President Obama... and just as Rahm Emanuel SAILED OFF to Chicago 'boutique investment bank' Wasserstein-Perella in 1998, a step ahead of the Clinton "Monica" impeachment (Emanuel almost certainly shoe-horned into that job by then Clinton Treasury Secretary, and former GOLDDAMN-SACHS CHAIRMAN, Robert Rubin), so too can President Obama EXPECT Emanuel to SAIL OFF to a directorship at Goddamn-Sachs or Citi, as Obama faces a FRANKENSTEIN right-wing backlash to his "trillions for bankers, NO OVERSIGHT bailouts" "economic policies" that would make the Tom DeLay/Ken Starr impeachment of President Bill Clinton look like a GARDEN PARTY by comparison!!!!!)
Lessons Learned in VA, CA and NJ in Election 2009:
Is Rahm Emanuel ORCHESTRATING a MASSACRE for Democrats in 2009?
By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday November 4, 2009 7:32 am
1993: Rahm is the architect of NAFTA
1994: Unions stay home after NAFTA. Democratic turnout poor, Democrats give up 54 seats in House.
2005: Rahm as head of DCCC recruits pro-war Dems, threatens to cut funds for any Dem who runs opposing the war
2006: Ned Lamont beats Joe Lieberman by opposing the war, opens the floodgates for candidates to buck Rahm & fuel Democratic takeover of House. Rahm’s pro-war candidates lose.
2007: Rahm blames failure of his pet pro-war candidates on immigration. Makes Freshmen co-sponsor anti-immigrant SAVE act.
2007: SAVE Act triggers Hispanic Caucus revolt on the floor of the House
2007: Rahm demands Democratic candidates inoculate themselves against expected GOP attacks by moving to the right on immigration.” Says Hispanics “don’t vote, ignore ‘em.”
2008: Hispanics provide Obama’s margin of victory in Florida, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado.
2009: Rahm Emanuel pushing “triggers” to kill President’s campaign promise of a public option in January
2009: Creigh Deeds reinacts Little Bighorn in Virgina after saying he’ll “opt-out” of public option and Democrats stay home
2009: Bill Owens endorses public option, pulls off surprising upset in district with GOP advantage
2009: John Garamendi defies beltway conventional wisdom that Democrat in CA-10 had to be conservative like Ellen Tausher to hold the seat, says he’ll vote against any bill that doesn’t have a public option (or has triggers), scores decisive win
2009: On behalf of banks, Rahm helps Democrats water down post-Enron investor protections in Sarbanes-Oxley
2009: Jon Corzine loses in the wake of “growing anti-Goldman [Sachs]” sentiment.”
2009: The day after the election, Senate Dems still pushing triggers.
Rahm doesn’t think about Democratic turnout. His reputation for “winning a Democratic majority” rests on his ability as a self-promoter to take credit for victories that happened in spite of him. The truth is that his “act more like Republicans” strategy just hasn’t worked out, and we’re getting whiffs of the disaster it spells for Democrats who follow it.