Rahmbo: First Pick

by LukeAmerica2020

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As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office in January, he is confronted with many challenges. Few presidents have ever stepped into the oval office in such difficult times. Issues looming ahead include health care, Medicare financing, energy concerns, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, terrorism threats, unprotected borders, 30 million undocumented immigrants, and the numerous warning signs that our economy is in recession.

As crises abound, the president-elect must fill key posts with a top-notch team. And, he must put the right people in the right place expeditiously. Obama’s first personnel decision (2008-11-06) was to name U.S. Representative Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff, a key position for the success of a new administration. He has a reputation of doing whatever it takes to achieve well-defined goals.

An aggressive member of the Democratic leadership, he is known to insiders as “Rahmbo”. His reputation as one of Washington’s most fierce political operators helps ensure that Obama’s ambitious agenda for change will cut through the typical DC quagmire.

As the fourth highest ranking member of the Democratic leadership in the House, Emanuel has a very good idea of where the votes are and who the problem congressmen will be. He also understands how to coerce the mulish ones into compliance. Queen Pelosi, Dingy Harry, and Washington Republicans will, no doubt over time, undergo political arm-twisting ordeals with Rahmbo, the “Voice of Obama”.

His vocabulary also reflects his ferocious intensity. Nancy Pelosi reportedly once said that the economic stimulus plan could be paid for if we “put a quarter in a jar every time Rahm uses a swear word.” Another insider has reportedly stated that Rahmbo spoke of Obama’s agenda as “Change you can f****** believe in”.

The most infamous Rahmbo story of all is the one that begins with the dinner the night after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992. Among those present at the dinner table were ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos and Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times, who watched while an agitated Emanuel began ranting a long list of Clinton “enemies.” As he shouted each name, he stabbed the table with his steak knife: “Nat Landow! Dead! Cliff Jackson! Dead! Bill Schaefer! Dead!” Quickly, others joined in.

If Emanuel’s appointment is a signal of anything, it is that Obama is coming to the executive office fully prepared to play hardball. Moreover, it remains to be seen how this first appointment will be perceived in the Middle East. The Emanuel family hails from Israel. And David Axelrod, who accepted the post of Senior Adviser to Obama, is also Jewish.


Rahmbo caricature by Economist.com: Rahmbo’s Plan April 17, 2006.

His Political Record …
Beyond his reputation, Emanuel’s Congressional record sheds some light on influences he may have with a President Obama. The following data was compiled by OnTheIssues.org.

Rahm Emanuel on Abortion
Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005)
Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004)
Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003)
Voted NO on forbidding human cloning for reproduction & medical research. (Feb 2003)
Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)
Rahm Emanuel on Budget & Economy
Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Rahm Emanuel on Corporations
Voted YES on allowing stockholder voting on executive compensation. (Apr 2007)
Voted NO on replacing illegal export tax breaks with $140B in new breaks. (Jun 2004)
Rated 39% by the US COC, indicating a mixed business voting record. (Dec 2003)
Screen imports & ban lead in children’s products. (Feb 2008)
Rahm Emanuel on Crime
Voted YES on expanding services for offenders’ re-entry into society. (Nov 2007)
Increase funding for “COPS ON THE BEAT” program. (Jan 2007)
Rahm Emanuel on Drugs
Rated -20 by NORML, indicating a “hard-on-drugs” stance. (Dec 2006)
Rahm Emanuel on Education
Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on “God” in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Rahm Emanuel on Energy & Oil
Voted YES on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
Voted YES on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
Voted YES on investing in homegrown biofuel. (Aug 2007)
Voted YES on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on scheduling permitting for new oil refineries. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
Supports tradeable emissions permits for greenhouse gases. (Aug 2000)
Establish greenhouse gas tradeable allowances. (Feb 2005)
Rated 67% by CAF, indicating a mixed record on energy independence. (Dec 2006)
Rahm Emanuel on Environment
Voted YES on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
Voted NO on deauthorizing “critical habitat” for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
Rated 95% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)
Rahm Emanuel on Families & Children
Voted YES on establishing nationwide AMBER alert system for missing kids. (Apr 2003)
Give parents tools to balance work and family. (Aug 2000)
Rated 8% by the Christian Coalition: an anti-family voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rahm Emanuel on Foreign Policy
Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
Voted NO on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
Progressive Internationalism: globalize with US pre-eminence. (Aug 2000)
Rahm Emanuel on Free Trade
Voted YES on promoting free trade with Peru. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on assisting workers who lose jobs due to globalization. (Oct 2007)
Voted NO on implementing CAFTA, Central America Free Trade. (Jul 2005)
Voted NO on implementing US-Australia Free Trade Agreement. (Jul 2004)
Voted YES on implementing US-Singapore free trade agreement. (Jul 2003)
Voted YES on implementing free trade agreement with Chile. (Jul 2003)
Build a rule-based global trading system. (Aug 2000)
Rahm Emanuel on Government Reform
Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
Voted YES on protecting whistle-blowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
Voted YES on limiting attorney’s fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
Prohibit ‘voter caging’ which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Rahm Emanuel on Gun Control
Voted NO on prohibiting product misuse lawsuits on gun manufacturers. (Oct 2005)
Voted NO on prohibiting suing gunmakers & sellers for gun misuse. (Apr 2003)
Prevent unauthorized firearm use with “smart gun” technology. (Aug 2000)
Rated F by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun control voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rahm Emanuel on Health Care
Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
Voted YES on allowing re-importation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
Establish “report cards” on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Rahm Emanuel on Homeland Security
Voted YES on requiring FISA warrants for wiretaps in US, but not abroad. (Mar 2008)
Voted YES on Veto override: Congressional oversight of CIA interrogations. (Mar 2008)
Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
Voted YES on restricting no-bid defense contracts. (Mar 2007)
Voted NO on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
Voted NO on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
Voted NO on continuing military recruitment on college campuses. (Feb 2005)
Voted YES on supporting new position of Director of National Intelligence. (Dec 2004)
Voted NO on adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. (Oct 2004)
Voted YES on emergency $78B for war in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Apr 2003)
Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rahm Emanuel on Immigration
Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Voted NO on preventing tipping off Mexicans about Minuteman Project. (Jun 2006)
Voted NO on reporting illegal aliens who receive hospital treatment. (May 2004)
Rated 0% by FAIR, indicating a voting record loosening immigration. (Dec 2003)
Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)
Rahm Emanuel on Jobs
Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (Jun 2008)
Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Mar 2007)
Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Jan 2007)
Voted NO on end offshore tax havens and promote small business. (Oct 2004)
Rated 87% by the AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (Dec 2003)
Allow an Air Traffic Controller’s Union. (Jan 2006)
Rahm Emanuel on Principles & Values
Supports Hyde Park Declaration of “Third Way” centrism. (Aug 2000)
Rated 92% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)
Member of Democratic Leadership Council. (Nov 2007)
Rahm Emanuel on Social Security
Create Retirement Savings Accounts. (Aug 2000)
Rated 100% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (Dec 2003)
Rahm Emanuel on Tax Reform
Voted YES on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
Voted YES on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
Voted NO on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
Voted NO on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
Rated 23% by NTU, indicating a “Big Spender” on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Rahm Emanuel on Technology
Voted YES on retroactive immunity for telecoms’ warrantless surveillance. (Jun 2008)
Voted YES on $23B instead of $4.9B for waterway infrastructure. (Nov 2007)
Voted YES on establishing “network neutrality” (non-tiered Internet). (Jun 2006)
Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
Voted YES on promoting commercial human space flight industry. (Nov 2004)
Voted YES on banning Internet gambling by credit card. (Jun 2003)
Chief information officer to digitize federal government. (Aug 2000)
Create online database of science & math scholarships. (Dec 2007)


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5 Responses to Rahmbo: First Pick

  1. Josh Maxwell says:

    A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

  2. Thanks Josh. GG and I put a lot of time and effort into research and design. We thoroughly enjoy it; but it is ALWAYS nice to hear kudos from a visitor.

    Since we don’t really promote our site … we depend heavily on happy visitors spreading the word. So … thank your friend too.

    BTW, when GG sent me that photo of Rahm Emanual as Rahmbo, I was stunned. Great work GG!!! She let me put the Obama logo on the tail of the chopper. 🙂

  3. GeekGirl2u says:

    Now that the Democrats have won the House overwhelmingly, the media is falling all over itself to proclaim Rahm Emanuel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and dearest friend of Israel, a boy genius. He is a close friend of Ariel Sharon, the ever tendentious neocon William Safire, came out of retirement to hail Rahm as the Karl Rove of the Dems and to spin the election in various ways designed to keep Emanuel’s influence alive. One good thing about this Nancy Pelosi will have to deal with Rahm Emanuel. My prayers have been answered!

  4. […] Rahmbo: First Pick The most infamous Rahmbo story of all is the one that begins with the dinner the night after Bill Clinton was elected in 1992. Among those… […]

  5. PTWTM says:

    Amazing. Obama hires a pit bully to get everyone marching in line.

    Ugh! This is going to be a long four years.

    (On the other hand, if GG is right about Pelosi having to deal with RE, it’s going to be interesting to see what kind of infighting goes on within the wrongly-named Democratic party before they bring the rest of the country down with them.)

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