So, as I'm sure you've heard, Rahm Emanuel has left the building. In his stead comes the quiet Pete Rouse, a ghost politician whose advice and guidance helped Obama snag the White House. He's been behind the scenes of a lot of successful political happenings, including being an aide to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. According to CNN, he is known for his "sharp political instincts, fierce loyalty and absolute discretion on sensitive matters." And apparently he's also a cat-lover. Fucking woopdy-doo.
Rahm Emanuel is of course known as the profane, filterless chief of staff that pissed a lot of people off and got a lot of shit done for the Democrats. However, the Democrats feel that Emanuel's leaving could be more sweet than bitter. With elections approaching and some tough legislation requiring Republican nods of approval coming round the bend, many feel that Rouse's quiet demeanor and "fierce loyalty" could be a better fit.
At the moment, I'm not sure. I like to judge a man on his actions, not whether or not he enjoys cuddling with felines. Although, I do, for the record.
Rouse's track record appears to be a plus for the teetering popularity of Obama and his latest actions. The fact that he is fiercely loyal to his party makes me a little nervous. Being fiercely loyal to anything other than chocolate and your boyfriend is risky business (not that getting fat and cheating don't happen, but at least it doesn't effect the entire country). His loyalty aside, Democrats really don't need another quiet wallflower in their corner. The left right dance of Republicans shooting down all ideas that don't come with a side of dead soldier and bible verse while Democrats come up with meager attempts at legislation is one I'm tired of hearing the music to. It's almost too stereotypical. Republicans are loud and obnoxious, Democrats are quiet and meek. End result? Fuck all. Welcome to American politics.
In the end, as with most things, we'll just have to wait and see what happens. To be fair, I would have been skeptical of anyone up for the job. As I've said before, any Democrat or Republican firmly wedged in the workings of their party is damaged goods to me. This country needs more thinking outside party lines, and I'm not sure Rouse the mouse is the man to do it. As sad as it makes me to say it, Obama isn't either. However, there's some part of this cynic that is still a hopeless hopeful and wishes upon a star that he can help push us in a better direction, seeing as he has quite a bit of experience being a good luck charm for those he advises. Either that or I'm just a morbid bastard who wants to watch as it all crumbles.