RNC Distressed by Emanuel Pick
In his concession speech on the lawn of the Arizona Biltmore Tuesday night, Sen. John McCain graciously pledged his support to President-elect Barack Obama.
But after one solid day of relative tranquility, the Republican National Committee is back on the partisan warfare train.
Following the announcement that Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) had accepted Obama’s offer to be his chief of staff in the new administration, the RNC immediately released a memo accusing Obama of already breaking his promise to “bridge the divides.”
From The Page:
“Barack Obama’s first decision as president-elect undermines his promise to ‘heal the divides’. Rahm Emanuel is a partisan insider who played a lead role in breaking Washington. The White House needs a chief of staff — not a chief campaigner like Emanuel. Our nation will be ill-served if Obama runs the White House the way ‘Rahmbo’ ran the Democratic Congress.” – Alex Conant, RNC Spokesman
While Emanuel did gain a reputation as a partisan as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2006, when the Democrats took control of Congress, he also brings to the table six years of experience working in the Clinton White House and another six years in Congress. He is also known as a centrist who often works with Republicans.
Given the shellacking the Republicans took just 48 hours ago, which many observers attributed in no small part to a rejection of the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington, it might behoove the RNC to refrain from screeching at every appointment Obama will make in the coming weeks. There will be plenty of time for that in the next four years.