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October 03, 2010


Rahm's Softer Side

While former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is commonly portrayed as a "ruthless, foul-mouthed insider raising millions, whispering into the ears of powerful friends, brow-beating cringing underlings and anyone unfortunate enough to get in his way," the Washington Post notes that this masks why Emanuel is so dangerous as he begins his campaign for mayor of Chicago.

"Emanuel is a good campaigner, disciplined, focused and ready to ring doorbells, pump hands and kiss babies. In his six years in Congress, he tirelessly engaged in the kind of gnat-level constituent service and hokey freshman-representative showboating that builds loyalty back home... This is the side of Emanuel that gets obscured by stories about obscenity-bespattered phone calls and gifts of dead fish. He knows you can't bully the voters. (Political opponents, of course, are another story.)"












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