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  •  Rahm is considered (5+ / 0-)

    to have been in line for Speaker.  If he were power hungry, he would not have accepted the job.

    Never get the mothers too angry.

    by pvlb on Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 11:07:52 AM PST

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    •  There are different kinds of power (1+ / 0-)
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      Often the most powerful positions have nothing to do with the most high-profile positions. Daily access to the President? Being the President's gatekeeper and largely deciding who else gets access? Pffft. I'd say Chief of Staff is way more powerful than Speaker of the House.

      •  The Speaker of the House can't be fired... (0+ / 0-)

        ...if s/he doesn't take direction from the President. Equal branches of government, and all. Not so for the Chief of Staff.

        •  Sure, the closer you fly to the sun (0+ / 0-)

          the more likely you are to get burned. But in the meantime, you're in the innermost of the innermost circle, whispering directly into "god's" ear around the clock. Speaker of the House can't touch that. Very different types of power appealing to very different types of personalities. Sure, Rahm would thrive as Speaker, but COS just too good to pass up for the way he (apparently) likes to operate.

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