Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Ballerina Girl Rahm Emmanuel: The Anti-Howard Dean


(image via nndb)

We cannot quite figure out if the studied contrast between Howard Dean and former ballet dancer turned Democratic Party heavy Rahm Emmanuel is affected or pure happenstance. Whatever the case, Rahm Emmanuel is the icy, pragmatic foil to Howard Dean's idealistic naive, political waif.

According to TheHill:

"Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), will not repeat Howard Dean�s prediction that the Democrats are going to win back the House in the 2006 midterm elections.

"In an interview with The Hill, the second-term congressman makes it clear that he will not go as far as the Democratic National Committee chairman, who wrote in this newspaper Nov. 30 that his party would take control of both chambers next November.

�'We�re not in a game of predictions,' Emanuel says, apparently about to clash with his colleague in a nearby office. But he then threads the needle, indicating a certain disapproval without subsiding into open criticism. 'I don�t want to do that,' he goes on, 'Others can and do, and that�s their right. My job here is to affect, not predict.'

And if it wasn't enough that his notoriously brusque, on-message political persona didn't come through in those imperial thumos-infused pronouncements, this:

"Emanuel is sitting in his white-walled office at DCCC headquarters, holding a leaking ice pack on one knee to treat an injury suffered during a Thanksgiving-holiday game of touch football."

Blogger, please. You're still our ballerina girl, Rahm. No matter how many ostentatious displays of feigned athleticism and macho kinesis. To paraphrase the mellow Lionel Ritchie: "Don't you ever go away/ Ballerina Girl... "

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