Friday, November 07, 2008

First Blood?

Rahm "Rahmbo" Emanuel's selection as Barack Obama's chief-of-staff leads one to question how Obama plans to lead a bipartisan America. There are three generally accepted views of how Emanuel might be used.

1. The "F@ck the Republicans!" strategy (check 1/3 to 1/2 the way down).

2. The Enforcer strategy (per Ray LaHood's view of a chief-of-staff)

3. The "call him President Obama" strategy (also known as the intra-Party Enforcer)

Hopefully, number one is not the true nature of the hire, as my vote for President-Elect Obama was couched in the naive belief that he would implement a new style of politics. I could see number one being effective as a counterbalance to number three (or... Rahm Emanuel is a jerk to everyone, not just Democrats that don't fall in line). Number two seems to be the best reason to hire Rahm Emanuel (other than the fact that I thought Biden was supposed to be a sounding board and critical voice in the room), and I am hoping this was one of the key factors in President-Elect Obama's decision.

I am excited to see his choice for other Cabinet positions. Should we have a separate post for odds on those positions or add it into comments for this post?