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The Enforcer( Rep. Rahm Emanuel is leading the Democratic charge to retake the House next year)
Washington Monthly ^ | (Posted Oct 20, 2005) | By JOSHUA GREEN

Posted on 10/22/2005 10:57:57 AM PDT by NixonsAngryGhost

The Enforcer Rep. Rahm Emanuel is leading the Democratic charge to retake the House next year. Will his old-school combativeness rub off on his more timid colleagues? By JOSHUA GREEN

The Republicans are on the ropes. There's House Majority Leader Tom DeLay: indicted for conspiracy and money laundering. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist: under investigation for insider trading. The White House's chief procurement officer: arrested on corruption charges. The head of FEMA: forced to resign in disgrace. Even President Bush himself: approval ratings at an all-time low. The question is, will the Democrats be able to take advantage of the mess the GOP has made? The answer depends, in many ways, on Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Chicago.

For years, Emanuel was the political brains of Bill Clinton's White House. Intense to the point of ferocity, he was known for taking on the most daunting tasks -- the ones no one else wanted -- and pulling off the seemingly impossible, from banning assault weapons to beating back the Republican-led impeachment. "Clinton loved Rahm," recalls one staffer, "because he knew that if he asked Rahm to do something, he would move Heaven and Earth -- not necessarily in that order -- to get it done."

Now, as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Emanuel has taken on his biggest challenge yet: to win back the House of Representatives after more than a decade of Republican control. To pull it off, the two-term congressman will have to overcome odds far greater than those the GOP faced when Newt Gingrich engineered his historic takeover in 1994. Back then, according to a study by the National Committee for an Effective Congress, 117 seats were "marginal" -- that is, close enough to be considered competitive. Last year, thanks in large part to Republican-friendly redistricting, the number of close races shrank to only thirty-four.

Over lunch near his office in Chicago, Emanuel previews his strategy to win the fifteen seats needed to retake the House. Unlike others in the Democratic leadership who seem reluctant to criticize the president and are fearful of their own party's grass roots, Emanuel knows it will take an aggressive, all-fronts effort to prevail in next year's midterm elections. Democrats, he says, will have to raise record amounts of campaign cash, challenge the Republicans in dozens of districts, offer concrete alternatives to Bush's failed policies -- and above all, hammer home a clear and consistent message.

"We're the party of change," Emanuel tells me. "We're the party of a new direction -- a break from rampant cronyism and the status quo. Period."

If that message has a familiar ring, it may be because Republicans used essentially the same formula to seize control of the House a decade ago. Indeed, given his hard-charging reputation, Emanuel often elicits comparisons to the man who led the GOP to victory in 1994. "Rahm is the Democrats' Newt Gingrich," says Bruce Reed, who served with Emanuel in the Clinton White House. "He understands how much ideas matter, he always knows his message, he takes no prisoners and he only plays to win."

Other Clinton veterans are even more pointed about Emanuel's assets. "He's got this big old pair of brass balls, and you can just hear 'em clanking when he walks down the halls of Congress," says Paul Begala, who served with Emanuel on Clinton's staff. "The Democratic Party is full of Rhodes scholars -- Rahm is a road warrior. He's just what the Democrats need to fight back."

Friends and enemies agree that the key to Emanuel's success is his legendary intensity. There's the story about the time he sent a rotting fish to a pollster who had angered him. There's the story about how his right middle finger was blown off by a Syrian tank when he was in the Israeli army. And there's the story of how, the night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president's enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting "Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!" and plunging the knife into the table after every name. "When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape," one campaign veteran recalls. "It was like something out of The Godfather. But that's Rahm for you."

Of the three stories, only the second is a myth -- Emanuel lost the finger to a meat slicer as a teenager and never served in the Israeli army. But it's a measure of his considerable reputation as the enforcer in Clinton's White House that so many people believe it to be true. You don't earn the nickname "Rahmbo" being timid.

In person, Emanuel projects the hyperactivity of an attack dog straining at the leash. Although he swims and works out several mornings each week before most of his colleagues are out of bed, the exercise evidently does little to drain his energy -- he is constantly fidgeting, gesturing, spinning, always on the move. He's notorious for driving those around him mercilessly: When he joined Clinton's campaign team, he reportedly introduced himself by standing on a table and yelling at the staff for forty-five minutes. "We joke that someone should open a special trauma ward in Washington for people who've worked for Rahm," says Jose Cerda, a veteran staffer. Emanuel, who was reared in the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago politics, makes no apologies for his style. "If I got worried about that, I'd sit beneath my desk all day," he says. "I don't."

His combativeness was practically foreordained. The second of three sons born to a pediatrician father and a civil-rights-activist mother, Rahm was raised in a middle-class family that stressed competitiveness and achievement. His older brother, Ezekiel, is a leading medical ethicist. His younger brother, Ari, is a Hollywood talent agent who served as the inspiration for Ari Gold, the fast-talking agent played by Jeremy Piven on HBO's hit series Entourage. (In a recent episode shot at a Lakers game, the lead actors sat in Ari Emanuel's $2,000 courtside seats.) "After about the sixth episode, I finally caught it," says Rahm, who himself was the model for the character Josh Lyman on The West Wing. "I called Ari the next day and said, 'Hey, I finally saw the show, and you know what? I like that guy better than I like you.'"

When Rahm was a boy, his mother forced him to take ballet lessons, and he threw himself into it with the same intensity he would later bring to politics, winning a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet. Friends jokingly theorize that his toughness is actually an outgrowth of being a ballet dancer: With that sort of thing on your resume, you had better be ready to fight if you hope to survive in Chicago politics. "The guy had been a ballet dancer in college," says Bruce Reed, "yet grown men lived in mortal fear of what he might do to them if they couldn't get the answer he wanted."

Emanuel, who has clearly come in for his share of hazing, has a ready reply. As part of a "negotiation" with his mother, he tells me, he turned down the ballet scholarship but agreed to attend Sarah Lawrence College, which has a strong dance program. "It was a great liberal-arts school, and there were four women for every guy," Emanuel reasons. "I was eighteen, so I'm allowed to think like that."

Emanuel got his political education working as a fund-raiser for Mayor Richard Daley's re-election campaign in Chicago, where he learned how to twist arms and knock heads. Donors were used to giving $5,000 -- but Daley needed more. "Rahm took it up a notch," Daley's brother William recalled several years ago. "He told many of them they easily had the ability to give twenty-five grand." When contributors didn't pony up, Emanuel would tell them he was embarrassed that they'd offered so little and hang up on them. The shocked donor would usually call back and sheepishly comply. In thirteen weeks, the thirty-year-old raised $7 million -- an unprecedented sum at the time. His fund-raising skills eventually earned him a job in the Clinton campaign.

This year, Emanuel's fund-raising for congressional candidates has been no less impressive. Through September, the DCCC had raised a record-breaking $32 million, much of it slated to support the most vulnerable Democrats -- those elected in Republican-leaning districts or looking to challenge Republican incumbents. Unlike past DCCC chairmen, who simply dispersed money without demanding anything in return, Emanuel approaches the job with the sensibility of a Mob bookie. He forces candidates in the most competitive races who receive money to sign what he calls a "Memo of Understanding," delineating exactly how many fund-raising phone calls and appearances they will make in exchange for the committee's support. To seal the pact, Emanuel then signs the memo himself. "I want to make sure everybody is doing everything they're supposed to be doing," he says.

Every Thursday at the crack of dawn, Emanuel summons staffers to DCCC headquarters to go through the day's newspapers over bagels and coffee. Then, at 8 a.m., he runs a meeting with the nine members of Congress who make up his strategy and recruitment team. The group painstakingly pores over every congressional race in the country to make sure that Emanuel's plan is on track.

Emanuel's rapid rise to DCCC chairman is unusual for a second-term congressman, and it signals the respect that Democrats have for the political skills he displayed in the Clinton White House. Like Gingrich in the early 1990s, Emanuel is trying to create a national wave of anti-Washington sentiment rooted in the mounting instances of corruption and sleaze that have piled up in the Republican-led Congress. "People aren't happy with Washington!" he shouts, echoing the attitude that Gingrich capitalized on. "Look, we should be the party outside of Washington coming to goddamn kick ass out there!"

When I mention that he sounds like Gingrich in '94, however, Emanuel glowers. He doesn't grab the steak knife sitting next to him, but he looks like he wants to. "I admire Gingrich's energy, his ideas," he allows. "When you're in the opposition, your ability to shape and define is very limited. You have to take advantage of your opponent's mistakes. He got lucky -- we made our mistakes in the Clinton White House, and he was there to take advantage of it. That's exactly what we're trying to do in 2006."

In his own voting record, Emanuel is no Gingrich-style radical. A certified member of the Beltway establishment, and a political centrist to boot, he favors incremental, family-friendly policies in the Clinton mode: tax breaks to help the middle class pay for college, incentives to encourage workers to save for retirement, re-importing drugs to lower prescription costs. He has sharply criticized the president's handling of the war in Iraq, but he doesn't agree with those who say we should pull out immediately, favoring a more gradual withdrawal based on "benchmarks" for training Iraqi troops.

Yet Emanuel has received generally positive reviews from the increasingly noisy -- and powerful -- grass roots of the Democratic Party. As leader of the DCCC, he has struck a fragile truce with the heavily liberal blogosphere and organizations such as MoveOn.org. Emanuel has hosted four "blog calls" with the pre-eminent liberal bloggers, going over congressional races and sharing DCCC strategy in an effort to bring the activist community into the fold. In July, the partnership yielded promising results when Paul Hackett, an Iraq War veteran running as a Democrat, nearly won a special election for an Ohio congressional seat in Cincinnati, the nation's most conservative major metropolitan area. "The blogs were fabulous -- absolutely fabulous -- for Hackett," Emanuel says. "In the last twelve days of the race they collected about $250,000."

For their part, bloggers and grass-roots activists support Emanuel in no small part because they hope his combativeness will rub off on his more timid colleagues. "He understands the importance of having a good relationship with Net roots," says Markos Moulitsas, who runs the influential blog Daily Kos. "If nothing else, he knows that we exist and it's not as confrontational a relationship as we had with past DCCC regimes." Nor is Moulitsas put off by Emanuel's centrist politics. "We don't give a shit," he says. "I think there's growing understanding that we can't sit and fixate on who's a moderate and who's a liberal when we're in the minority. We can worry about that when we're in the majority."

That's a view Emanuel wholeheartedly shares. "We get into this stupid argument every four years: centrists vs. leftists," he says. "That is not the argument today. It is change vs. status quo. In 1992, Bill Clinton was a change agent -- he won. In 1994, Newt Gingrich was a change agent -- he won. In 1996, Bill Clinton was a change agent to Dole and Gingrich -- he won. In 1998, Democrats represented a change from the Republican drive for impeachment -- they won. In 2000, George Bush was a credible change agent. In 2002, Democrats failed to convey change -- and they lost. I want to be about change and reform to the Republican status quo."

As part of his strategy to win back the House, Emanuel has unleashed a high-octane campaign to recruit candidates to represent the Democrats next fall. He has already put forty-one House seats "in play" -- forcing the Republicans to defend their majority district by district. On the same date in the last election cycle, the number of seats in play was three. "The way you crack the strategic imperative of not enough seats is by putting more seats in play with good candidates," Emanuel says. "And one way you do that is by broadening what people think of when they think of Democrats." Indeed, the lineup of candidates he has recruited to run next year sounds more like a GOP dream team: four military veterans, two FBI agents, a pastor, a sheriff and a former NFL quarterback, Heath Shuler. Once again, the common denominator is change. "You've got to have people that look and sound like they're not career politicians," he says.

Emanuel has made a point of letting veterans and their families know that they have a home in the Democratic Party. He erected a memorial to fallen soldiers outside his Capitol Hill office, and in June he led a bipartisan effort to read the names of those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan on the floor of the House, ensuring that their service would be memorialized in the Congressional Record. "There are more vets running this cycle as Democrats than as Republicans," Emanuel notes. "This is going to be the first election where the war is going to come home. You'll get candidates coming back who are going to win."

Emanuel takes evident pleasure in blasting his opponents. The war, he says, exposed the administration's "incompetence," while the aftermath of Katrina revealed its corruption and cronyism. "Republicans can't govern!" he shouts. "The war, energy prices, the failure with Katrina -- they have all changed the environment so that people are now unhappy with both the policy choices and the direction of the country."

But Emanuel knows Democrats will have to do more than make Republicans look bad if they hope to win back the House -- they must present a positive, forward-looking agenda of their own, one that inspires hope and confidence among voters. After DeLay was indicted, Emanuel appeared on Meet the Press and laid out several components of the agenda he believes Democrats should run on in 2006: universal college education, universal health care for anyone who works, bringing down the national debt and cutting U.S. dependence on foreign oil in half within a decade. If expanded, such policies could form the basis of a Democratic version of the Contract With America, the weapon that Gingrich wielded to such devastating effect in his campaign to take control of Congress.

"One thing I agree with Newt about," says Emanuel, "is that he knew you had to look and feel like someone voters could see in that leadership role before they'd put you there. We have to generate that feeling. We have to make people believe that if they give us the goddamn keys to the car, we're not going to hit the tree. We've already got a party that knows how to do that, and we don't need that crowd anymore."

(Posted Oct 20, 2005)


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Emmanuel epitomizes two traits- agressiveness and psychological intensity:

"He's got this big old pair of brass balls, and you can just hear 'em clanking when he walks down the halls of Congress," says Paul Begala, who served with Emanuel on Clinton's staff. "The Democratic Party is full of Rhodes scholars -- Rahm is a road warrior. He's just what the Democrats need to fight back."

Friends and enemies agree that the key to Emanuel's success is his legendary intensity. There's the story about the time he sent a rotting fish to a pollster who had angered him. There's the story about how his right middle finger was blown off by a Syrian tank when he was in the Israeli army. And there's the story of how, the night after Clinton was elected, Emanuel was so angry at the president's enemies that he stood up at a celebratory dinner with colleagues from the campaign, grabbed a steak knife and began rattling off a list of betrayers, shouting "Dead! . . . Dead! . . . Dead!" and plunging the knife into the table after every name. "When he was done, the table looked like a lunar landscape," one campaign veteran recalls. "It was like something out of The Godfather. But that's Rahm for you." . . .

In person, Emanuel projects the hyperactivity of an attack dog straining at the leash. Although he swims and works out several mornings each week before most of his colleagues are out of bed, the exercise evidently does little to drain his energy -- he is constantly fidgeting, gesturing, spinning, always on the move. He's notorious for driving those around him mercilessly: When he joined Clinton's campaign team, he reportedly introduced himself by standing on a table and yelling at the staff for forty-five minutes. "We joke that someone should open a special trauma ward in Washington for people who've worked for Rahm," says Jose Cerda, a veteran staffer. Emanuel, who was reared in the rough-and-tumble world of Chicago politics, makes no apologies for his style. "If I got worried about that, I'd sit beneath my desk all day," he says. "I don't."

1 posted on 10/22/2005 10:58:00 AM PDT by NixonsAngryGhost
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Only Paul Begala would fantasize about a ballet dancer's balls.


2 posted on 10/22/2005 11:06:32 AM PDT by paddles
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Gee, sure doesn't sound like the Emmanuel I knew at the '92 Clinton campaign. Back then we all snickered over him being a ballet dancer.


3 posted on 10/22/2005 11:08:11 AM PDT by joey'smom
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
he was known for taking on the most daunting tasks

Yea, drafting lies, spreading disinformation, destroying those who came forward with truth and showing off his tutu to Democrat media allies.

4 posted on 10/22/2005 11:12:20 AM PDT by A message ( Being a "Progressive" means never having to be truthful to yourself)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Funny how big and bad he "supposedly is" when DeLay isn't hammering his @ss! I've seen Emmanuel too many times on Hannity and Colmes. You should see how big and bad he is when Sean confronts him on his own partys corruption! Wimp!


5 posted on 10/22/2005 11:16:37 AM PDT by Bommer
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
... he is constantly fidgeting, gesturing, spinning, always on the move.

That's it! He should be president, he's gotit all! Take the White House an convert it back to Klintoon Whore House.

6 posted on 10/22/2005 11:19:39 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeePeee!)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
The dems will pick up seats in 2006, history and the numbers are simply in their favor this election cycle.

Will it make a big difference?

Look for the MSM to pound this theme daily in the coming 2006 election cycle.

The folks at MSNBC should haul in an extra load of paper towels to wipe up the slobber off Chris Mathews desk every night from him drooling at the thought of a dem sweep of the house.

Also remember Peter Jennings telling us in Newt's 1994 sweep into power that Americans had thrown a temper tantrum???

Think that will happen again if the dems win 10 seats???

7 posted on 10/22/2005 11:20:25 AM PDT by Popman (In politics, ideas are more important than individuals.)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
universal college education, universal health care for anyone who works, bringing down the national debt and cutting U.S. dependence on foreign oil in half within a decade.

Gee, how about a $25/hr minimum wage too?

8 posted on 10/22/2005 11:20:37 AM PDT by siunevada
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

did Emanuel amass alot of personal wealth with some "special favor" financial services job that he "fell into" after leaving the Clinton administration?


9 posted on 10/22/2005 11:23:03 AM PDT by oceanview
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
Unlike others in the Democratic leadership who seem reluctant to criticize the president....

Where in the world did this come from? That is all they do, 24/7/365.

10 posted on 10/22/2005 11:23:05 AM PDT by Bahbah (Tony Schaffer is a hero)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
---Emanuel got his political education working as a fund-raiser for Mayor Richard Daley's re-election campaign in Chicago---

---yep, just what we need--- the Chicago mob in charge of the House--

11 posted on 10/22/2005 11:25:29 AM PDT by rellimpank (urbanites don' t understand the cultural deprivation of not being raised on a farm:NRABenefactor)
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To: Popman

Considering how poorly the GOP Congress is treating its base, I would not be surprised if the lost the House outright.

I can find no compelling reason to vote for them, other than "they aren't Democrats" (but they ACT like Big SPending Democrats, so what's the difference?)


12 posted on 10/22/2005 11:25:54 AM PDT by Panic in the Streets ("Mayor, I've confirmed the data: the hippies ARE planning a massive jam band concert!"- Eric Cartman)
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To: Leo Carpathian

With all that energy and fidgeting I would suspect he has a meth problem.


13 posted on 10/22/2005 11:30:39 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Emanuel is a LOSER.

He operates in the same dying lib media.

He must deal with the insane anti-American kooks in his party.

2006 is another GOP victory.

The overwhelming majority of Conservatives and Republicans will vote in 2006 to maintain the House.

To stay home and allow liberals to take over the House at a time of WAR would be un-American. We can keep the GOP in line with our words, but to stay home makes you no better than a liberal.


14 posted on 10/22/2005 11:30:57 AM PDT by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: Panic in the Streets

To stay home and allow liberals to take over the House at a time of WAR would be un-American. We can keep the GOP in line with our words, but to stay home makes you no better than a liberal.


15 posted on 10/22/2005 11:32:00 AM PDT by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
"...the agenda he believes Democrats should run on in 2006: universal college education, universal health care for anyone who works, bringing down the national debt and cutting U.S. dependence on foreign oil in half within a decade. If expanded, such policies could form the basis of a Democratic version of the Contract With America,...

Gee, Rahm, how much will all this cost and who will pay? Oh, and how do we do all this AND bring down the national debt? Oh wait, I know! We can disband the military entirely and use that money to pay for the giveaways. Amazing, the left works on pure emotion and "feel goodism". As long as it sounds good they think no one will look past the idea to the nuts and bolts of how we actually get all these social programs to come about. These people live in their own little fairyland where all things can be if only you wish for them hard enough.

16 posted on 10/22/2005 11:35:39 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Panic in the Streets
Between now and Nov 2006 you will see lots of "conservative" issues being pushed to get the base placated, docile and in line.

Politics as usual in DC.

Republicans speaking conservative, acting conservative, walking conservative: Voting RINO

Quite frankly, you are right, They are losing me to a protest vote.

17 posted on 10/22/2005 11:36:31 AM PDT by Popman (In politics, ideas are more important than individuals.)
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To: new yorker 77
"To stay home and allow liberals to take over the House at a time of WAR would be un-American. We can keep the GOP in line with our words, but to stay home makes you no better than a liberal."

I agree but tell that to the folks on this forum who are in a snit because they are not getting everything they want..

Sort of reminds me of a kid who threatens to take his football and go home because he can't call every play.

18 posted on 10/22/2005 11:40:13 AM PDT by Eagles Talon IV
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To: Eagles Talon IV

In Nov of 2006 conservatives will vote for the rightward most candidate who is viable. The exclamations of pain that spending is too high and Miers is not extremely rightwing enough will not diminish, and will not affect numbers at all.

It's always, no exceptions, always a question of who is least bad. Never ever who is best.


19 posted on 10/22/2005 11:43:27 AM PDT by Owen
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To: Eagles Talon IV

WE ARE AT WAR

Handing the fight over to liberals by staying home on election day would be a shame any conservative non-voter would carry to their grave. You might as well not be an American at all.


20 posted on 10/22/2005 11:45:22 AM PDT by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: Popman
Between now and Nov 2006 you will see lots of "conservative" issues being pushed to get the base placated, docile and in line.

Kinda makes one suspect that they NEVER intend to give the base what it wants... they'd lose campaign issues, and have to start actually EARNING their votes..

Don't trust any of them.

21 posted on 10/22/2005 11:47:18 AM PDT by podkane
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

And the Republican counter-part to him in the Senate is Elizabeth Dole, who has done a horrible job in recruiting candidates. Why did the Pubbies pick a "nice" Southern moderate woman to do the job that requires a "hard-nose" attitude? We needed somebody with an attitude like Tom DeLay, Mike Pence, or Tom Coburn.


22 posted on 10/22/2005 11:51:43 AM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: paddles
Only Paul Begala would fantasize about a ballet dancer's balls.

Nominate for best reply of the day!

Rahm sounds more psychotic than "intense".

23 posted on 10/22/2005 11:54:42 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: new yorker 77

Spare me your name calling.

Congress has little or no say in foreign affairs.

Even the Dems arent stupid enough to pull funding for troops on the field.

The last appropriation for them passed unanimously in the Senate.


24 posted on 10/22/2005 11:55:37 AM PDT by Panic in the Streets ("Mayor, I've confirmed the data: the hippies ARE planning a massive jam band concert!"- Eric Cartman)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
Rahmmy should find Michelle and have a Clinton creep reunion.

Emanuel reeks of slime.....he sands off his horns every morning.

25 posted on 10/22/2005 11:56:35 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: paddles; oldglory; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; gonzo; JulieRNR21
"Only Paul Begala would fantasize about a ballet dancer's balls."

LOL

26 posted on 10/22/2005 12:03:07 PM PDT by Matchett-PI ( "History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid." -- Dwight Eisenhower)
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To: Matchett-PI
"He's got this big old pair of brass balls, and you can just hear 'em clanking when he walks down the halls of Congress," says Paul Begala, who served with Emanuel on Clinton's staff.

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A gift from the Beast ???


27 posted on 10/22/2005 12:10:13 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON !!!)
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To: Panic in the Streets
"Even the Dems arent stupid enough to pull funding for troops on the field. "

Yes they are that stupid. Democrats cannot be trusted with our security
28 posted on 10/22/2005 12:10:14 PM PDT by scratcher
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To: Matchett-PI
"He's got this big old pair of brass balls, and you can just hear 'em clanking when he walks down the halls of Congress," says Paul Begala,

He also knows how they taste.

29 posted on 10/22/2005 12:11:02 PM PDT by McBuff
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To: scratcher

Well, the Senate voted something like 98-0 for continued appropriations for Iraq and Afghanistan.

Again, they are not dumb enough to yank funding.


30 posted on 10/22/2005 12:22:06 PM PDT by Panic in the Streets ("Mayor, I've confirmed the data: the hippies ARE planning a massive jam band concert!"- Eric Cartman)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
"That's a view Emanuel wholeheartedly shares. "We get into this stupid argument every four years: centrists vs. leftists," he says. "That is not the argument today. It is change vs. status quo. In 1992, Bill Clinton was a change agent -- he won. In 1994, Newt Gingrich was a change agent -- he won. In 1996, Bill Clinton was a change agent to Dole and Gingrich -- he won. In 1998, Democrats represented a change from the Republican drive for impeachment -- they won. In 2000, George Bush was a credible change agent. In 2002, Democrats failed to convey change -- and they lost."

What about 2004, dipshit? You know, the election where Democrats were stomped like grapes!

You might think you're in a safe seat, ballet boy, but you're not.

31 posted on 10/22/2005 12:24:15 PM PDT by StAnDeliver
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To: Panic in the Streets
Good morning.
"Even the Dems arent stupid enough to pull funding for troops on the field."

If they thought it would hurt Republicans or advance the socialist agenda, the DemocRATs would pull funding for the troops in a heartbeat. Hell, they would sacrifice their firstborn with a flint dagger if they thought it would help create a socialist America and you should never underestimate the stupidity of liberals

Michael Frazier
32 posted on 10/22/2005 12:28:05 PM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

His actions sound like somebody on drugs! I'm serious.

But I loved this statement: "'We're the party of change,' Emanuel tells me." ROTFLOL!

Everything the dems say is rehashed stuff they've used before. If they really wanted change - they'd come up with some NEW stuff.


33 posted on 10/22/2005 12:57:40 PM PDT by CyberAnt (I BELIEVE CONGRESSMAN WELDON!)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
Emanuel lost the [middle] finger to a meat slicer

Didn't know he knew Lorraine Bobbit.

34 posted on 10/22/2005 1:29:21 PM PDT by Sabramerican (Islam is to Peace as Rape is to Love)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Rahm Emanuel and Paul Begala aren't the face but the butt ofthe democrat party.


35 posted on 10/22/2005 1:33:15 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Rahm Emanuel and Paul Begala aren't the face but the butt of the democrat party.


36 posted on 10/22/2005 1:33:24 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
"He's got this big old pair of brass balls, and you can just hear 'em clanking when he walks down the halls of Congress," says Paul Begala"

The other Monica Lewinsky speaks out.

37 posted on 10/22/2005 1:33:30 PM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Panic in the Streets

Congress has little or no say in foreign affairs.

Not so. Among other things, it was Congress that gutted the CIA in the '70s and '80s and that had an enormous effect on foreign affairs. The times are too dangerous to let the Dems regain control of Congress.

38 posted on 10/22/2005 2:20:50 PM PDT by RedRover
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To: Jimmy Valentine

Rahmmie sweetie sounds like a gay, cuban ballet dancer dealing with his 'issues' with a combination of drugs and rage. Belgala sounds like he'd like to let Rahmmie sweetie work out some of his rage on him.


39 posted on 10/22/2005 2:37:35 PM PDT by NHResident
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Figures - - a long-time bag boy for the Daley mob is the perfect choice for the Democrats.
Actually, I'm surprised that Fitzie hasn't thrown the little scumbag in jail yet.


40 posted on 10/22/2005 2:44:30 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Fitzy still might....seems there is some shady dealings in Chicago that have his name attached some where down the line...

I don't recall the whole story...but it was here on FR a while back.


41 posted on 10/22/2005 2:50:42 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Please say a prayer, and hold positive thoughts for Texas Cowboy...and Faith.)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost

Look, every even year spring, the ratmedia runs stories about how the rats will take back the Congress. Aint happened. Won't happen. Rahm who? is just the latest rat to come out of a safe district talking tough. Big deal.
What's he going to campaign on? 200 rat candidates saying "I'm the Democrat and he's not", just won't get it done.


42 posted on 10/22/2005 4:28:30 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Bring the troops home means bring the war home.)
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To: RedRover

Maybe the GOP should start acting like conservatives.

That's the only solution.

I won't be at all surprised if they lose their majority, simply because of they way they've been acting.


43 posted on 10/22/2005 4:40:51 PM PDT by Panic in the Streets ("Mayor, I've confirmed the data: the hippies ARE planning a massive jam band concert!"- Eric Cartman)
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To: StAnDeliver
In 1992, Bill Clinton was a change agent -- he won. In 1994,

Bulsheeet, it was jerk Perrot who put Klintoon in power!!! Geting sick of this Clinton won!!

44 posted on 10/22/2005 4:49:28 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeePeee!)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
"We're the party of change," Emanuel tells me.

crats are the party of change alright. When they get their way with taxes and regulation all you have left is change.

45 posted on 10/22/2005 5:21:18 PM PDT by metalurgist (Death to the democrats! They're almost the same as communists, they just move a little slower.)
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To: NixonsAngryGhost
"He's got this big old pair of brass balls, and you can just hear 'em clanking when he walks down the halls of Congress," says Paul Begala, who served with Emanuel on Clinton's staff.

That sounds so... so... gay!


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46 posted on 10/22/2005 7:38:19 PM PDT by rdb3 (Have you ever stopped to think, but forgot to start again?)
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To: Leo Carpathian

Clinton got in the WH with what. Less than 30% of the popular vote...

Yeah some winner...


47 posted on 10/22/2005 7:42:19 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: rdb3

Well, considering Rahm Emanuel is a trained ballet dancer, and has a rather "petite" figure, folks probably have to put in quite an effort to make him appear formidable.

But yeah, Begala seems to be trying waaaaaay too hard to try and portray Emanuel as an intimidating person. That just sounds ridiculous.

The first time I heard of that expression was when I read it on some dude's airbrushed T-shirt in a shopping mall. He didn't seem to happy when I busted out laughing.


48 posted on 10/22/2005 7:42:48 PM PDT by The Phantom FReeper (Have you hugged your soldier today?)
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To: Panic in the Streets
Considering how poorly the GOP Congress is treating its base, I would not be surprised if the lost the House outright.

I can find no compelling reason to vote for them, other than "they aren't Democrats" (but they ACT like Big SPending Democrats, so what's the difference?)

Panic in the Streets
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49 posted on 10/22/2005 7:46:24 PM PDT by rdb3 (Have you ever stopped to think, but forgot to start again?)
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To: The Phantom FReeper
Well, considering Rahm Emanuel is a trained ballet dancer, and has a rather "petite" figure, folks probably have to put in quite an effort to make him appear formidable.

So maybe he is a peach on a grapevine.


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50 posted on 10/22/2005 7:49:49 PM PDT by rdb3 (Have you ever stopped to think, but forgot to start again?)
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