48 hours later, and I’m already composing an apologia for Obama. Well, let’s get into it on Rahm Emanuel:
- I live in Chicago
- I contributed money to Obama’s campaign
- Emanuel is the representative for my district
To be honest, the main reason I had for bothering to vote in the election before the bailout was to vote against Rep. Emanuel. Primarily for his efforts to oust Dean in favor of Harold Ford—in spite of the obvious “right time” for Dean’s 50-state strategy. However, after learning that he and Frank were the only ones in Congress who appeared to have any clue about what was going on, why those happenings were so dangerous, and why the national government had to step in, that choice became an ambivalent one.
Whatever your complaints against someone, you have to respect them when they know what they are doing, and what they are doing is directly related to the biggest crisis in two generations—as opposed to the rest of the House, which refused to pass an emergency bill until after they added another $300bn worth of absolutely pure bullshit.