Is Rahm Emanuel undermining his boss?

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (AP)

A growing number of political insiders in Washington believe embattled White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is orchestrating a calculated campaign of press leaks and planted stories to save his job and restore his power inside the West Wing.

For two weeks, stories and opinion columns have suggested President Barack Obama’s falling approval ratings, stalled legislative agenda and other political problems could have been avoided if he had only listened to his bombastic chief of staff.

The campaign started with a column by Dana Milbank of The Washington Post. Milbank said Obama’s first year in office “fell apart in large part because he didn’t follow his chief of staff’s advice on crucial matters.”

Obama’s problems, Milbank said, are caused by a cadre of “yes men” who praise his every move, leaving the blunt-talking Emanuel as the sole — but ignored — voice of reason.

That might have been it had the Post not followed up Milbank’s opinion piece a week later with a front-page news story quoting Democrats saying the same thing.

Some insiders feel Emanuel, a former Congressman and longtime political operative, used his contacts on the Hill to orchestrate the comments from former colleagues on the Hill.

“Rahm’s an operator, there’s no doubt about that,” says one Democratic strategist. “This kind of campaign is straight out of his political playbook.”

White House insiders say Obama, who has quick temper behind closed doors, is privately furious with his chief of staff while ordering Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to show public support for Emanuel.

Obama, insiders say, is worried that the distraction comes at a critical time in his Presidency and suggest he may have to dump his top staff member before he becomes more of an embarrassment.

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5 Responses to "Is Rahm Emanuel undermining his boss?"

  1. AustinRanter (AKA Gregg)  March 3, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I’d say Rahm is overminding his boss.

  2. woody188  March 3, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I suppose it’s just a coincidence Emanuel and Milibank are Zionist Jews that are orchestrating a Jewish controlled media blitz to undermine the President and bring him back under their control?

    Obama would be wise to toss out all the Globalist Zionist Neo-conservative/Progressives in his staff and cabinet. They are accelerating the collapse of our nation.

  3. Klaus Hergeschimmer  March 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    It would really serve our country to get rid of the AIPAC pandering Rahm. There are no meaningful peace talks with Hamas on Gaza because of this. There is a faction in Gaza that is even more radical then Hamas and intends to assasinate Hamas leaders. I recall hearing a
    poll that 68% of the Israeli public favors direct negotiations with Hamas, but of course, with Netenyahu representing the extreme right wing Likud policies this won’t happen.

    PNAC and Likud, -Two, -Two Kooks in one.

  4. doggie daddy  March 4, 2010 at 7:34 am

    ‘voice of reason’???

    oy

  5. ogsendmarged  March 6, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Don’t you think the president is fully aware of everything his chief of staff is doing??

    Why do they act like Obama didn’t hand pick these people??

    http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Weider-X-Factor-Review&id=3860999

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