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.
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Howzabout this subtitle? Why yes... it was in ALL CAPS!!!
HE'S THE NEW KINGMAKER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THE MAN WHO HANDPICKED CANDIDATES, TWISTED ARMS, CRUSHED DISSENT, AND DELIVERED THE NATION FROM ONE-PARTY RULE. SO WHAT DOES THE CLINTON VET AND FORMER BALLET DANCER PLAN TO DO WITH ALL THAT POWER?
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.