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Cold water on the left less than 24 hours later. From the Nation, on Obama’s likely pick of Rahm Emanuel (brother of the man who inspired Jeremy Piven’s character on Entourage, thank you) as White House chief of staff: Emanuel … Read More

By / November 5, 2008

Cold water on the left less than 24 hours later. From the Nation, on Obama’s likely pick of Rahm Emanuel (brother of the man who inspired Jeremy Piven’s character on Entourage, thank you) as White House chief of staff:

Emanuel is a militant advocate for free-trade policies; he was a point man in the White House in the fight to pass the North American Free Trade Agreement and similar deals that have been passionately opposed by the very labor, environmental and farm groups that were essential players in electing Obama. When he ran for Congress in 2002, major unions supported his Democratic primary opponent, former Illinois State Representative Nancy Kaszak.

Picking Emanuel would reassure Wall Street, but it won’t give much comfort to Main Street.

It will also cause some head-scratching among Democrats who thought they were making a break not just with the Bush administration but with the compromises of the Clinton era.

Emanuel, a fearsome fund raiser, is closely aligned with the corporate-sponsored Democratic Leadership Council, the most "insider" of Washington-insider groups.

Emanuel also supported the Iraq war.

Gird your loins, Kos.

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