The word is out that Rahm Emanuel wants to leave the White House and run for the position being vacated by Mayor Richard Daley in Chicago.
He brought "the Chicago Way" to the White House and he's leaving to help bring the nanny state to the heartland.
On the surface, Rahm Emanuel is leaving to fulfill a personal ambition — to be mayor of Chicago. In reality, he's jumping a sinking ship, and the credentials he brings to a mayoral race in the Windy City may also be his political albatross. He heads for the self-described "city that works" leaving behind a country that doesn't.
Emanuel is famous for saying what has become the mantra of the Obama administration: "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste..."
"He and his boss would not let the economic crisis generated by government meddling in the housing market through the Community Reinvestment Act and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac go to waste. After our ship of state began taking water, Rahm helped Obama drill a hole in the other end of the boat to let the water out." (IBD)
Rahm's accomplishments in the White House include steering passage of the failed trillion-dollar stimulus package that has saved or created no jobs and a health care overhaul that will raise medical costs while leading to de facto health care rationing. He leaves an administration responsible for an economy foundering in unsustainable debt and an unemployment rate near double digits.
Maybe he can do better in Chicago? More to steal? Chicago, like most U.S. cities and states, is suffering from budget shortfalls made worse by an economic crisis Emanuel helped engineer. It is a one-party state that has succumbed to decades of urban liberalism. He should feel right at home.
Heard playing on Rahm's car stereo (above)