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So, what do you all think of Rahm Emanuel as the pick for White House Chief of Staff?

There are also rumors that Sen Hagel may be brought on board.
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I don't know much about him, but from what I read it looks like it could go either way.

A lot of the people supposedly being considered for positions (according to the articles I read on MSN today, anyway) were from the Clinton administration. There was some concern about the balance of bringing back people with experience, but also factoring in the concept of change and a new direction that he campaigned on. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
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it makes sense to me - if you want to make changes, why not have people with experience in the organization. they will be able to start in without as much of a learning curve and from their previous time in gov't they will also know exactly where and how the new president will be able to be most effective.

in parliamentary democracies, when gov'ts win successive elections, you often find the same people being appointed to cabinet over and over. this strikes me as being the same thing...
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From all accounts, the fact that he is a little "scary" to the republicans is a good thing. He is a man that knows everybody and everything about how Washington works. As chief of staff, he needs that kind of knowledge and power in order to get things done. It isn't just the experience he has from being in the Clinton white house that makes him perfect for this appointment, but that he is a pitbull at making things happen. No one should underestimate the importance of this position.
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From all accounts, the fact that he is a little "scary" to the republicans is a good thing. He is a man that knows everybody and everything about how Washington works. As chief of staff, he needs that kind of knowledge and power in order to get things done. It isn't just the experience he has from being in the Clinton white house that makes him perfect for this appointment, but that he is a pitbull at making things happen. No one should underestimate the importance of this position.
Originally Posted by mpgirl
I agree.
From all accounts, the fact that he is a little "scary" to the republicans is a good thing. He is a man that knows everybody and everything about how Washington works. As chief of staff, he needs that kind of knowledge and power in order to get things done. It isn't just the experience he has from being in the Clinton white house that makes him perfect for this appointment, but that he is a pitbull at making things happen. No one should underestimate the importance of this position.
Originally Posted by mpgirl
I can get onboard with this.

However, I'm not sure if I really want too many people from the clinton White House on staff. I feel that if Obama wants to look forward and not behind, he will hopefully put some political diversity (still qualified of course) in there.
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I saw Rahm Emanuel interviewed a few weeks ago and having no idea who he was I thought "This guy is going to be someone important". Clearly he already was and I just didn't know about it, but even listening to him speak that one time, he struck me as very smart and no nonsense.

I'll admit that I am somewhat disappointed that Obama is considering Summers for Treasury Secretary. I really don't like him based on his comments regarding women in the sciences (being one myself).


I've read that Kerry was trying for Sec. of State, and that would disappoint me.
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I've read that Kerry was trying for Sec. of State, and that would disappoint me.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
Yeah - I am not that thrilled with that one.

I also heard Howard Dean for Health and Human Services - I really like Howard Dean and I feel that whole thing about him screaming at a speech when he was running for President was bullsh*t. I read many articles that if you were at the speech it didn't sound horrible at all - but the news shows focused on his mike only and made it seem like he was a looney.
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I saw Rahm Emanuel interviewed a few weeks ago and having no idea who he was I thought "This guy is going to be someone important". Clearly he already was and I just didn't know about it, but even listening to him speak that one time, he struck me as very smart and no nonsense.

I'll admit that I am somewhat disappointed that Obama is considering Summers for Treasury Secretary. I really don't like him based on his comments regarding women in the sciences (being one myself).
Originally Posted by mad scientist
Wasn't it Summers that said women were inferior to men in the sciences? I didn't hear his whole speech on that. I know there are more men than women in sciences, but does that conclude that the women who are already in sciences are inferior to the men? If that is his conclusion, then shame on him.
The fact that most women are interested in other subjects and maybe didn't train themselves to more advanced science is different from saying they are inferior to men on science.
So, it depends on his wording and what he really meant.
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Howard Dean is a doctor too, so that might be another reason to pick him for Health and Human Services.

Yeah, the media was harsh on Dean for that microphone incident.
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Howard Dean is a doctor too, so that might be another reason to pick him for Health and Human Services.

Yeah, the media was harsh on Dean for that microphone incident.
Originally Posted by Boomygrrl
I believe his wife is too - not that this matters in picking him but it does mean he knows what goes on in the medical field because I think she is still actively practicing.
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I saw Rahm Emanuel interviewed a few weeks ago and having no idea who he was I thought "This guy is going to be someone important". Clearly he already was and I just didn't know about it, but even listening to him speak that one time, he struck me as very smart and no nonsense.

I'll admit that I am somewhat disappointed that Obama is considering Summers for Treasury Secretary. I really don't like him based on his comments regarding women in the sciences (being one myself).
Originally Posted by mad scientist
Wasn't it Summers that said women were inferior to men in the sciences? I didn't hear his whole speech on that. I know there are more men than women in sciences, but does that conclude that the women who are already in sciences are inferior to the men? If that is his conclusion, then shame on him.
The fact that most women are interested in other subjects and maybe didn't train themselves to more advanced science is different from saying they are inferior to men on science.
So, it depends on his wording and what he really meant.
Originally Posted by Boomygrrl
Here's an article about what Summers said from slate.
http://slate.com/id/2112570/
Obama is "floating balloons" out there right now, to see how the feelings are towards various cabinet staff. I doubt Summers will get anything. He's too misogynistic. I heard that Caroline Kennedy may be tapped for UN Ambassador, which will probably go over well. Her uncle, RFK Jr., is being floated for head of EPA. That probably won't go over well...too many Kennedys and RFK Jr. is too left-wing-activist and controversial. I think we'll see a lot of "maybes" before he actually appoints real staff.
Thanks for the link. I read that. Now, I don't think he's so much of a pig. It doesn't seem like he's advocating that men are better than women or that women should not be allowed to advance in the math and science field. He is just trying to explain why there is a difference. I can respect that.
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Even though Rahm freaks me out for a number of reasons. The one silver lining is the hard left will be peeved since he has a history of bringing in some more conservative Democrats in the fold.
Here's a less biased story regarding Summers comments back in 2005.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/art...men_draw_fire/

I think his comments were irresponsible because there is no real compelling data to back his claim. And there was a significant drop in women hired as faculty while he was president at Harvard. Coincidence?

In any case, he appears to be an economic genius, so if he is the right man for the job, so be it. But I'll still think he's an ass.


Thanks for this other link. Yeah,he does sound like an ass after all...but I agree, if he's the best man for the job, so be it.
I hate studies about sex differences, because more times than not, it usually tries to justify sexism. Uggh!
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