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Yid Vid: Rahm for Veep

By Daniel Treiman

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Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Chicago is used to being a Democratic power-broker. But this campaign season, the man who led the Democratic effort to take back the House of Representatives has found himself sitting uncomfortably on the sidelines. On the one hand, he was a key aide to President Clinton, a post that launched his political career — and thus owes the Clintons big time. On the other hand, it would be profoundly awkward for him to go against local hero (and friend) Barack Obama.

When asked about the race, Emanuel has taken to telling reporters that he’s hiding under his desk.

Well, not anymore. The famously potty-mouthed partisan pugilist — who is often called a “pitbull” — has launched a bid for the vice-presidential nomination. But only in jest.

The following video offers some, er, testimonials from Emanuel’s political and personal associates. My favorite: “Rahm Emanuel for vice president?” Illinois Senator Dick Durbin asks. “What’s his slogan? ‘A lot of audacity, but not much hope’?” (The guy in the shiny purple yarmulke is pretty funny, too.)

Hat tip: Politico



Comments
dave Mon. Mar 3, 2008

Rahm can only become Sen. Clinton's running mate. He and Sen. Obama are both residents of Illinois, and the Constitution does not allow the President AND the Vicepresident to be residents of the same state. This is what forced Cheney to re-register as a resident of Wyoming (where he was born) prior to becoming George W. Bush's running mate. They both were Texas residents at the time. If Rahm were to establish residency in another state, he couldn't also continue representing the Illinois 5th congressional district.

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