Thursday, November 06, 2008

Not everyone is happy about Rahm...

I wasn't really impressed, and it looks like I was not alone in being concerned what selecting Rahm could mean.

I already had the cynical view that Obama's promises about health care would not come to pass, selecting Rahm with his known position on that, yes I've actually read his book, signaled to me that my cynicism was well placed. Reading what Ezra penned basically putting into words my immediate reaction:
Emanuel warns Democrats away from attempting universal health insurance or comprehensive reform, and suggests they content themselves with expanding S-CHIP (he also gives a plug to his brother, Ezekiel Emanuel's, health care plan, but says his "plan is well beyond Washington's current reach."). That's not change we can believe in.

Unfortunately the Real Clear Politics link for David Corn is wrong, but for those interested in reading his thoughts? The real link to his blog. Corn shares this:
When I attended Obama's final campaign rally at Manassas, Virginia, on Monday night, I asked Obama supporters in the massive crowd what they wanted to see in an Obama presidency. There was a pattern in the replies: the older white guys all said they wanted Obama to move beyond partisan confrontations and remake the political culture of Washington. That is, they really were moved by his campaign trail vow to bring a new kind of politics to the nation's capital. So Obama ought to take steps that meet that rhetoric darn fast.

Appointing Emanuel obviously doesn't fall into such a category. And there's this: OpenSecrets reports that Emanuel was the "was the top House recipient in the 2008 election cycle of contributions from hedge funds, private equity firms and the larger securities/investment industry--not the most popular of industries in the current economy."

This also confirms my other cynicism related to Obama, that he was not really an agent of change but was just another player in the game of Washington DC, albeit a much better salesman as to making people believe him...

I don't have any emotional investment in Obama, I could see positives or negatives no matter who won the presidential election but I know people who were convinced Obama meant these promises. Some of them may be in for a few disappointments sooner than they think.

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