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.