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The Unveiling

There I was, in post-campaign bliss, when–like a blast from the recent past–comes the oppo research from the RNC (reprinted here) on Rahm Emanuel. Yes, I think he is a hard-nosed, Clintonian operative. And I think anyone hoping for a higher tone is going to be badly disappointed. But Lisa Schiffren makes a great point: maybe this is how Obama pushes back against his own party and resists the pull to the Left (i.e., by hiring a take-no-prisoners enforcer).

It is quite remarkable that, even now, we are still reading the tea leaves and guessing which Obama will be taking office. The high-minded one? The Chicago pol? The ultra-liberal? The moderate? We’ll all stay tuned as, bit by bit, everyone learns who it was we just elected.

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