So lefties are bitching and moaning about Barack Obama's choice of Rahm Emanuel as his Chief Of Staff, suggesting that he's screwing his base, and that it's "not a good sign for progressives."
Rahm Emanuel gets shit done, period. He is a badass. The Dems wanted to control congress and Emanuel made it happen. Yes, it's true that he got some very conservative politicians to run as Democrats, but so what? They won districts Dems hadn't won in years, districts real lefties never could've won. It worked. Dems now control Congress.
Now it's up to us to keep the party in check and make sure they do the right thing (or the left thing, as the case may be, ha ha). But really. Come on. We wouldn't even be talking about this if Emanuel wouldn't have cleaned the fuck up in 2006. Obama would be trying to figure out how to force policy through a Republican congress.
I can't stand how lefty idealists lose their shit the moment someone makes a pragmatic decision. 1. What do you want to accomplish? 2. How are you going to accomplish it? Idealists never seem to consider question #2. Do they really want to accomplish anything? Or do they want to sit in their saintly pulpit and sneer down at the people who get their hands dirty? Fuck that. Get to work, motherfuckers. Get shit done!
Obama is a pragmatic guy. He wants to accomplish big things. Those of us on the left will not agree with every aspect of the compromises he makes to get things done. Tough shit. None of us are the President-Elect of the United States of America.
PS - Emanuel is my rep and I've probably sent him 20-30 emails over the past four years yelling at him for annoying, conservative, corporate votes he's cast. Whatever, though, Democrats won double-digit seats in the house in two consecutive elections for the first time in, like, forever. He made it happen. It was all leading up to this. Now it's time to take the country in a new direction. Let's hug it out, bitches.