It looks like Rahm Emanuel is being offered the position of Chief of Staff for Barack Obama. I’m torn between two reactions:
1. Rahm Emanuel has a record, as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, of engaging in top-down machiavellian politics to thwart local candidates by introducing his “recruits”, and pumping in DCCC national support to those politicians, who have tended to be less progressive than the Democrats Emanuel has defeated. The choice of Emanuel by Obama signals that President Obama intends to disregard progressive interests in order to maintain his hold on power.
2. Perhaps the Chief of Staff, as an organizational leader, can be machiavellian without negatively affecting progressive policies.