MARGARET TALEV reports:
President-elect Barack Obama has asked Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., a member of the House of Representatives leadership team and a former Clinton White House adviser, to be his White House chief of staff, aides on Capitol Hill and other Democratic insiders said Wednesday, as Obama quickly began the transition into office.
A respected political tactician with a reputation for ruthlessness, Emanuel could offer Obama, a relative Washington newcomer, an insider’s knowledge of the levers of power. As a highly partisan and often abrasive figure, however, Emanuel also could detract symbolically from Obama’s promise to move beyond partisanship and unite Democrats and Republicans.
Fox News reports:
Emanuel belongs to an orthodox Jewish congregation in Chicago and worked as a volunteer in Israel during the first Gulf War. His father was a pediatrician who grew up in Israel and worked for the Israeli underground before independence.
Of course both puppet candidates were pro-Israel, otherwise they wouldn’t have made it as far as they did.