When Politicians Do the “Right” Thing: Obama and Emanuel

By: Monday June 18, 2012 10:25 am

Recently President Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel each did the right thing on different issues. They adopted two policies that I support, because I believe they are better for society and advance progressive goals. Last week Obama used his executive power to further the DREAM Act policy regarding undocumented children, and Emanuel came out [...]

Can’t Buy Me Love: Health Care Reform’s PR Campaign Fizzles

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 3:59 pm

After the health care law passed, we were promised a massive, $125 million PR campaign staffed with top quality talent that would really sell the new law to the American people. In a fascinating article, Politico found that this promised campaign essentially crashed and burned: Wal-Mart Watch founder Andrew Grossman unveiled the Health Information Campaign [...]

Health Care Industry Reminds Democrats Mercenaries Are Only in It for the Money

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 5:15 am

During the health care fight, the Obama administration would probably have benefited from having a military historian as an adviser. Even a cursory study of military history will show you the important role played for centuries by mercenaries—and it will show you their limitations. There are two critical things to keep in mind when thinking [...]

Rahm to Leave White House By End of Week; Gutierrez Attacks Him on Immigration

By: Monday September 27, 2010 8:42 pm

Rahm Emanuel apparently got the hint: Although no final decision has been made because of family considerations, ABC News has learned that White House officials are preparing for Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to announce on Friday — as Congress adjourns for recess — that he is leaving his post to explore a run for [...]

VIDEO: Obama Gives Not-So-Subtle Hint to Rahm “Thing That Wouldn’t Leave” Emanuel

By: Monday September 27, 2010 11:33 am

As Lynn Sweet reports, Rahm Emanuel himself has been totally mute on the subject of running for mayor.  The campaign in the press has been waged entirely by David Axelrod, Dick Durbin and others.  And today, Barack Obama himself enters the fray. When asked by Matt Lauer if he would endorse Rahm in the Chicago [...]

Axelrod Stabs Rahm, Runs from Wreckage of Health Care Bill

By: Monday September 27, 2010 8:41 am

Noam Scheiber writes a lengthy portrait of David Axelrod in the latest issue of the New Republic.  Axelrod is apparently not having fun, bemoaning Washington DC as place where “too many people spend too much time kneecapping each other to certify their own importance.” Axelrod likes to aim a little higher apparently, because he then [...]

VIDEO: Durbin Refuses to Endorse Rahm Emanuel for Mayor of Chicago

By: Sunday September 26, 2010 2:43 pm

Durbin appears extremely uncomfortable when Candy Crowley asks him how he feels about the prospect of Rahm Emanuel as Mayor of Chicago. He slides around for a while trying to think of something to say, answers a question she didn’t ask and then finally just sort of stops talking: CANDY CROWLEY: The President may also [...]

The Health Care Bill Nobody Wants to Talk About

By: Tuesday August 31, 2010 9:56 am

As Jay Cost of Real Clear Politics notes, it’s pretty obvious that the Democrats’ electoral woes are directly tied to the passage of the health care bill.  But somehow horserace analysts like Jonathan Alter, Jim Vanderhei and Mike Allen don’t want to talk about that. Well, we’ve been talking about it for months now. Nate [...]