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The January 7, 2007 issue of GQ magazine has an article about Rahm "Rahmbo" Emmanuel (former DCCC head) by writer Ryan Lizza titled "Kiss the Ring". There are some very snazzy black and white "The Tough Guy in a Nice Suit" photos by Mark Seliger.

You would think the author was writing a PR release for the Sopranoes. Lots of short punchy sentences and the occassional 'fuck' here and there. It seems to me that this was an embargoed story, not to come out before the 2006 election was over. You catch on pretty quick, "Rahmbo" carried the day, and the rest of the Democratic Party were just disorganized dilettantes and aging dirty hippies who had to be forced to do what "Rahmbo" saw needed to be done.

There are 'tells' in this article that admit very very very quietly that the premise of the GQ article is pure 100% Washington, DC spin and bullshit.

Follow me over the jump...

Howzabout this subtitle? Why yes... it was in ALL CAPS!!!


ALL CAPS leave me breathless, how about you?

What is not puffery about "Rahmbo" and his Clinton buddy James "CueBall" Carville fills in the 'rest of the story' about the Rahmbo/CueBall attempt at a "coup de leak" at the DNC to try to get the chair, Howard "TheDoctor" Dean, dumped for sticking by his 50 state strategy and refusing to be pushed around by "Rahmbo" and "Chuckles" Schumer.

It would seem that "TheDoctor" was not forking over enough vigorish to the DCCC and DSCC and was trying to do bidness with the State parties in all 50 states.

I didn't know that according to "CueBall", the State Party chairs are supposed to what they are told by the rich guys and the DC Dipshits as who to put at the helm of the DNC. Control freaks like Rahmbo are heavily preturbed that the DNC chair was a 'made man' in the "OutsideDaBeltways" and was backed up by the netroots and people who actually chose Howard Dean. I mean like "democracy, whazzamattayou?"

One Rahmbo staffer is quoted as she "never liked Dean anyway" disgusted that Howard Dean only gave Rahmbo $2.4 million dollars and said that the money had strings attached -- yes the money went through the state party structures to end up being used in Rahmbo's races.

The article glosses over how exactly "dissent was crushed" when only eight of Rahmbo's handchosen favorite horses came in winners. The article talks about how sad Rahmbo was about Tammy Duckworth's loss in Henry Hydes's old district, after the grassroots candidate Christine Cegelis was crushed. As I understand it, Rahmbo spent $3.2 million on that race and still his candidate lost.

There is a lesson to be learned here, although Rahmbo and company are not interested in learning from the netroots. Control freaks are only interested in "crushing dissent", but I am going to say it anyway.

"Stay out of primaries, and go all out to support ALL our Dem candidates!"  

I am going to bring up another touchy subject now...

Where did Rahmbo raise his millions? Who did he sell out to get the money? My guess is that I am one of those being traded for campaign cash by these 'made men' and their enabling lobbyists.

So, Rahmbo, I don't much care if GQ is all atwitter about how you look in a suit. So far, Rahmbo and CueBall tied together don't make a decent shoelace for Howard Dean. And, I don't care if some DC Dipshits get pissed off, but Rahmbo can kiss my ass. I won't be kissing his fucking ring.


Originally posted to LeftyLimblog on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 04:18 PM PST.

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  •  It's amazing that (1+ / 0-)
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    even when Democrats win elections there are some people who complain anyway. I don't get the hostility toward Emmanuel, especially given the fact that the Democrats won the House back.

    I know that IL-6 is at the heart of the issue. Honestly you all need to get over it. It has been almost a year since that primary happened. Duckworth lost--neither candidate won. For the bitter Cegelis supporters who wanted to "send a message" it looks like you got what you wanted.

    Honestly, while I didn't agree with Emmanuel pushing Duckworth, if Cegelis truly had the "support" of the voters, she would have won the primary. And given some of the rhetoric of her supporters it makes me somewhat wonder if she would have fared worse than Duckworth. In any event, ultimately, Cegelis supporters, you need to take the issue up with the voters of the district. They chose Duckworth in the primary. Rahm Emmanuel didn't personally send storm troopers to every Democratic primary voter in IL-6 with guns to demand that each of support Duckworth.

    Finally I think that many of the "netroots" need to get over yourselves. Quite frankly--and I mean this as constructive criticism--it seems like some peoples' egos have increased exponentially. You are all not the only constituency in the Democratic Party and you don't have as much power and influence as you think.

    And given how some elected officials have been treated here by some members of the "netroots", part of me cringes when I hear that name. If I had been Jane Harman, Barak Obama, and Chuck Schumer, who have been insulted at by people here on this board, I'd be less inclined to take the "netroots" seriously. For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

    by jiacinto on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 04:32:36 PM PST

    •  "CueBall"? Is That You? (4+ / 0-)
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      Or maybe you are "Rahmbo" himself! Whatever, welcome back! I have missed you so...

      Yes, indeed, all of dirty hippy progressives need to 'get over it' every time these control freaks and money grubbers pull shit that doesn't work. But hey, they look so good in that empty suit!

      Heaven help the Democratic Party if the rich guys don't call the shots, eh?

      You seem to still enjoy being a member of "the coalition of the willing to be swilling" DC Dipshit kool-aide.

      I will 'get over it' when they stop 'pulling it'! Until then, when their propaganda gets published in the media and I come across it -- voila!

      I get one diary a day, just like everybody else.


      "There is a time for compromise, and it is called 'Later'!"

      by LeftyLimblog on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 04:51:03 PM PST

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    •  Jane Harmon Took a Different Tack (0+ / 0-)

      She actually apologized to her constituents and has changed her positions on many of the beefs raised in local meetings with Dems in her district. And the criticism of Jane Harmon has dropped substantially since then.

      When Jane works her way out of the doghouse with Nancy Pelosi, she will likely receive netroots support in equal measure to the humiliation she received as one of the Bushiter's enablers.

      The netroots is still growing in influence and strength although it is not yet a complete counter balance to all that lovely, lovely rich guy cash. But all the airwar cash is losing its effectiveness, people are TIVOing past the ads.  

      For a moment, recall the difference between the effect the netroots had in 2004 and the larger effect in 2006. Then notice how John Edwards actually 'led with the net' for his 2008 announcement. I know it is supposed to be some kind of mistake, but I don't think so. At worst, he gave the net the same emphasis as the other media.

      If I were advising the Dem crop of 2008 nomination candidates, I'd be telling them to get tight with YearlyKos 2007 and 2008 NOW, as in yesterday.

      And my advice to people who disrespect the netroots is to stop coming around, because they won't like what is going to happen.

      This is a two way medium, and the top-downers had better get used to it.


      "There is a time for compromise, and it is called 'Later'!"

      by LeftyLimblog on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 05:08:21 PM PST

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      •  Again get over yourself (0+ / 0-)

        The "netroots" are just one constituency. They aren't the entire party, not even close. For political activity invetiably extends beyond the computer. For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

        by jiacinto on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 07:57:23 PM PST

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        •  I Don't Confine My Political Activity to Blogging (2+ / 0-)
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          CueBall, I am your worst nightmare. A progressive who donates directly to, and then goes out and campaigns for, my favorite candidates.

          Rahmbo wanted Ellen Tauscher's choice for the Dem Nominee instead of Jerry McNerney. And Rahmbo didn't help Jerry until the net/grassroots had defeated his choice and made it fairly obvious that Pombo was going down.

          I was there.

          Now we are looking at painting a bullseye on Liebercrat Ellen Tauscher's Bush-enabling ass.

          So we are getting stronger, you need to get over yourself -- your advice is not needed.


          "There is a time for compromise, and it is called 'Later'!"

          by LeftyLimblog on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 07:40:54 AM PST

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    •  Missing the point, again (0+ / 0-)

      They chose Duckworth in the primary.

      yeah, right, by an underwhelming two points. there was the first sign of trouble.

      the real points here are:

      Dist 6 already had a great grassroots candidate with Cegelis who nearly on her own, with NO help from the money people, beat fat king Henry Hyde in the previous election. so let's remember WHO opened the door for the democrats in Dist 6: Christine Cegelis.

      the problem is, Rahm and Dick Durbin briefly looked up from their pig troughs full of money and noticed the door had been opened.

      apparently their fear of Cegelis caused them to look around for a more "suitable" candidate-- suitable in this instance meaning a nice pliable candidate who WOULD kiss the ring.

      they BLEW IT. but hey, Duckworth ended up with a $120K per year position with the state of IL.


      weak, very weak.

      •  Cegelis got 44% in 2004 (0+ / 0-)

        It wasn't exactly "close". She fared well for a Democrat there, but Hyde's victory was still relatively solid. It wasn't like his past landslides, but he still won by a solid margin in 2004.

        I'm not sure that Cegelis would have beaten Roskam. Again, ultimately, if she truly did have all that "grassroots support", she should have been able to beat Duckworth. She still lost the primary, so it makes me question how "great" she really was.

        The votes are the final determination. In the primary she fell short of beating Duckworth. If she couldn't win the primary, how could she win the general electoin? For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

        by jiacinto on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 07:59:17 PM PST

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        •  Duckworth Was An Import (4+ / 0-)
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          She could have run in another district, but Rahmbo the control freak HAD to force a faceoff between Cegelis and his choice.

          We could very well have two more Dems in congress today if Rahmbo had kept his hands of the primary process and supported both Dem primary winners with LESS money than he spent trying to pervert the primary process.

          You, jiacinto, have been consistent for years in your distain for letting locals pick their candidates without meddling by the rich guys and their cronies. Good luck with that!

          I have been consistent for years myself. I want the DC Dipshits to keep out of the primary process and work hard for the success of ALL Dem nominees chosen local Dems.


          "There is a time for compromise, and it is called 'Later'!"

          by LeftyLimblog on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 07:49:11 AM PST

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          •  No the voters chose Duckworth (0+ / 0-)

            At the end of the day it was the VOTERS who selected Duckworth, not the much-malinged "establishment". To be honest some of the candidates that some people here aggressively pushed--Chuck Pennachi in PA, for example--were blatantly unelectable.

   For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

            by jiacinto on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 09:52:06 AM PST

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            •  CueBall, Are You Denying That Rahmbo (2+ / 0-)
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              pushed Duckworth into the nomination race against Cegelis when he could have done a two-for-less-than-one?

              Because if you are, I guess I am going to have to add 'Bonehead' to your moniker.


              "There is a time for compromise, and it is called 'Later'!"

              by LeftyLimblog on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 06:08:15 PM PST

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              •  Actually, for what it's worth (1+ / 0-)
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                Dick Durbin "pushed" Duckworth into the race.

                Just sayin'.

                Joe Lieberman likes to be called an "Independent Democrat". I like being called a "sexual dynamo".

                by Arjun Jaikumar on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 08:54:18 PM PST

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              •  First of all my name isn't Cueball (0+ / 0-)

                so start treating me with respect. So what if Rahm Emmanuel "pushed her" into the race? If Cegelis had the appeal that you and her supporters claim, why didn't she win the primary?

       For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

                by jiacinto on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 06:12:44 AM PST

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                •  That's totally asinine (0+ / 0-)

                  A grassroots candidate with small donors IN the district fighting against the Chicago Machine and massive infusions of out-of-state money? Cegelis' petitions were obtained by volunteers while Duckworth's were garnered by paid professionals.
                  David vs Goliath.

                  That's even without fraud. I'm sure my vote was never counted. The voting tabulator was mysteriously broken at 11:00AM and my paper ballot was put, not in the ballot box, but in a loose pile on the judge's table,"to be run through when the machine is fixed". It was fixed all right!

                  •  Oh please (0+ / 0-)

                    That is the typical knee-jerk reaction whenever a "netroots favored" candidate loses an election: blame the voting machines or fraud. There is a contingent here, albeit a small one, who blames any and all Democratic losses on Diebold and the voting machines.

           For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

                    by jiacinto on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 07:27:36 AM PST

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            •  Bitter, bitter, bitter. (4+ / 0-)

              Hey Jiacinto, you know for a fact that Duckworth wouldn't have had a prayer in the primary without Rahm's interference and cash.  At least be honest about the situation, dude.

              •  I think she would have (0+ / 0-)

                She had a compelling background. The fact is, though, that if Cegelis did have the "appeal" that you and her supporters claimed, she would have won the primary. You can blame Rahm Emmanuel for "pushing Duckworth" into the race; but, in the final analysis, if Cegelis were what the voters "wanted", she would have won the primary.

       For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

                by jiacinto on Thu Jan 04, 2007 at 06:14:40 AM PST

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        •  If Rhambo had sunk the $5 million into Cegalis (2+ / 0-)
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          that he dumped into carpetbakker Duckworth's race, Cegalis would have won in a cakewalk.

          I resent the idea that the "voters " picked Duckworth over Cegalis, after Rhambo made sure  that Duckworth outfunded Christine by over a million bucks.

          If Rhambo wanted to make sure a Democrat won the seat, instead of a puppet flunky, he should have plunked that money on Cegaliss in the first place. Then he blew another 3'5+ million on Duckwortj in the general.

          One tenth of that money  spent on Kissel and a couple other races would have strengthened the Congress.

      •  Cegelis got 44% in 2004 (0+ / 0-)

        but Kerry got 47%, for what it's worth.

        Actually, I'm pretty sure that the recruiting of Duckworth had less to do with "fear" of Cegelis, and more to do with wanting a candidate who could raise money (really the only thing that Rahm cares about in recruitment, it seems).

        I don't like the way the situation was handled, but I asked this back when the primary happened...

        ...if Cegelis couldn't overcome Duckworth's money, how could she overcome Roskam's money? He had a lot more than Duckworth.

        Joe Lieberman likes to be called an "Independent Democrat". I like being called a "sexual dynamo".

        by Arjun Jaikumar on Wed Jan 03, 2007 at 08:53:01 PM PST

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    •  Ridiculous spin (4+ / 0-)
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      Duckworth won the primary thanks to $1 million of DCCC money from Rahmbo.  The DCCC didn't get that money from Duckworth supporters, it came from donations received by House members all over the country and paid into the DCCC as dues.  The voters who made the original donations (and in some cases even the Congressmembers who paid in the DCCC dues) never heard of Duckworth.  And voters were not allowed to make similar donations on their own initiative to Cegelis.  Even if you or I had the megabucks to blow, there is a $1000 donation limit for us regular peons.  We would have gone to jail for writing a $1 million check the way Rahmbo did.  

      Unless your idea of "winning the primary" is "convincing Rahmbo to appoint you as the winner", it was not a level playing field, appointing winners is not how things are done in a democracy, and the non-levelling was done by Rahmbo.  He is the one who intervened and tilted the primary, so the eventual loss is in his lap.  As has been said to Bush about Iraq: you break it, you own it.

  •  I am a progressive (3+ / 0-)
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    I want progressive candidates.  I don't hate the DLC - I reserve that for the wingnuts.  The PR struggle over who won and what that means will continue keeping the spinmeisters happy and employed for some time to come.  The day will come when the Emmanuelistas are eclipsed by the Deaniacs.  Soon, I hope.  But we're always gonna hear this crap until the netroots renders the "old media" as irrevelent as it already is out of touch.

  •  David Sirota dismantled this piece in an earlier (0+ / 0-)


    It's really egregious.  The quote from Carville is priceless, however.

  •  The Discovery Times documentary (3+ / 0-)
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    gmb, LeftyLimblog, Superpole

    Hopefully, anyone who sees this article will also see the Discovery Times documentary on the vets who ran for Congress last year. Emanuel's quick little visit to assess the Massa campaign is classic and oh-so-revealing. And can best be summed up by Max Cleland's comment after Emanuel left:  "Fuck him, just fuck him."

    "The revolution is just a t-shirt away" -- Billy Bragg

    by kainah on Tue Jan 02, 2007 at 04:55:56 PM PST

  •  It's Amazing That (0+ / 0-)

    some "progressive" democrats who continually clamor and foam at the mouth about how they are soooooooooo much different than the rethugs in the end act like and care about: the same things as the rethugs.

    so where's the difference? there isn't any-- and that's why fifty percent of the voters just fucking stay home on election day.

    it's NOT just about winning elections.

  •  Bottomline... (4+ / 0-)
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    Bottomline is... Ms. "Rahmbo" is a Beltway, establishment, DLCer who is opposed to decentralized, active participation by the grassroots and netroots.  He was a bozo to interfere with Democratic primaries because those candidates who could win on their own were more likely to have the backing of the locals, whether financially or active volunteers.  Duckworth was carried on the back of Rahm and his beltway buds.  If she had won the primary on her own, I'd say, more power to ya, girl.  But she didn't.  Let the primary candidates duke it out on their own and may the better organizer, campaigner and motivator/inspirer win.  Rahm, unfortunately, is just one of those establishment types from the old Democratic Party.  He was lucky to be in his position this past cycle as he rode the wave of the anti-Iraq War sentiment as well as taking advantage of the groundwork of Dean's 50-State Strategy.  Hate to tell you, Rahm, we would have won the last election whether you were the DCCC Chair or not.

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