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The House that Rahm Built

Posted on Nov 14, 2006
Rahm Emanuel
Pete Souza / Chicago Tribune

The campaign took its toll on Emanuel. His hair turned whiter and he lost 14 pounds. (Tribune caption)

Ruthless, savvy and profane, DCCC chair Rahm Emanuel played perhaps the largest single role in orchestrating 28 House victories for the Democrats last week. The Chicago Tribune used unprecedented backstage access over the course of the campaign to craft this gripping portrait of a master in action.

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...  Democrats had never raised enough money. Emanuel, a savvy fundraiser who shaped those skills under Richard M. Daley and Bill Clinton, yelled at colleagues and threatened his candidates into generating an unprecedented amount of campaign cash.

Democrats had a history of appeasing party constituencies. Emanuel tore up the old litmus tests on abortion, gun control and other issues. With techniques that would make a Big Ten football coach blush, he recruited candidates who could mount tough challenges in some of the reddest patches of America.

Democrats had blanched at hardball. Emanuel, jokingly called “Rahmbo” even by his mother, muscled weaker Democrats out of races in favor of stronger ones, and ridiculed the chairman of his own party.


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By Deahd, November 26, 2006 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment
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Down with the disgusting mockery that we call democracy! Too long have the voices of the mass of america, people un-satisfied with this country, gone unheard!

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By Rena, November 15, 2006 at 2:51 am Link to this comment
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Come on Truthdig, give us a free password to the sites you link to. We shouldn’t have to sign on to get access to links.

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By r4, November 14, 2006 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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Dems succeeded despite Rahm not because of him. I recommend the insightful, quantitative discussion at

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By Larry Sounders, November 14, 2006 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment
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What?  A master?  Only 8 of the 22 key races he choose to concentrate on came through.  Most if not all of those candidates he backed were pro war.  He dumped millions into races to beat progressives in some of the primaries (see Ill-6) which could’ve been used in races we narrowly lost.  Democrats did well despite Rahm’s best efforts not because of them.

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By joe, November 14, 2006 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment
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Congratulations to Rahm!!!!Someone has to do the job and he did what he had to. He needs to focus his energy now on the Democratic leadership to make sure they don’t waste the opportunity they have.

The world is running out of time and the USA is running out of time to find solutions to the ills of this world and this country.

Rahm, you go dude!!!!!

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By CraiJohnson, November 14, 2006 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment
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Dean, Toyota and Market Share
Toyota, for example, with precision and ruthless honesty determines customer preferences today and what world events such as rising oil prices, pollution etc will mean for future customer preferences. They plan for the future and gain market share.
General Motors, for example, habitually ignores future consequences and concommitant customer desires to reap the highest rewards today, ceding future market share to Toyota.
Dean got civil unions for Vermont. He got universal health care for Vermont. He balanced the budget.
It is not surprising that his CEO talents played such a large role in the Dems recent victories.
My hat’s off to the Toyota man, Howard Dean.

“If we don’t hang together, they’ll hang us separately.” Ben Franklin
(cognitorex blogspot)

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By yours truly, November 14, 2006 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment
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Too much already of these wheeler-dealer politicos.  From now on it’s we the people who are the deciders, not them.  Their assignment will be to take care of the nitty-gritty of law-making as per our instructions.  They won’t like it?  Too bad!

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By harald hardrada, November 14, 2006 at 2:56 pm Link to this comment
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mainstream media will say anything to discredit howard dean

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By Calling " Rahmbo ", ring , ring, ring, November 14, 2006 at 2:15 pm Link to this comment
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Hello Rahm Emanuel…aka ” Rahmbo “

Okay I’ll give YOU 2 weekend passes, not just 1 pass. < giggle, giggle >. 

As for the gray hair, that comes with knowledge and dedication!  < clap, clap, clap >

As for the weight loss, try “Power Bars 3x D” and Ice Cream Shakes 2x D. < yummy, yummy > Any ? on the menu report to a veteran.

Take Care….
Most Sincerely,
Concerned Mother

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