Rahm Emanuel Likely to Leave the White House this Week
From the Wall Street Journal:
It looks like White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuelwill announce this week that he’s indeed headed to Chicago to enter the mayoral contest. Emanuel’s announcement has been expected ever since MayorRichard M. Daley announced on Sept. 7 that six terms as mayor was enough. So what does this mean for Emanuel and for the White House?Over at Politics Daily, Lynn Sweet offers some background:
When Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley made his surprise announcement on Sept. 7 that he would not seek a seventh term, Emanuel immediately began mapping out a run while trying to stay out of the White House spotlight until he was ready to depart the West Wing. In the meantime, the White House started to plan for an Emanuel replacement. The betting now is on Rouse to serve in an interim role. Rouse is the opposite of the colorful, often profane Emanuel. Rouse is rarely quoted and almost never seen: he is not used as a public spokesman for the administration. But Rouse’s role in the Obama sprint from the Senate to the White House has been central. Obama hired Rouse to be his Senate chief of staff in 2004, eager to have him lead his team because he was chief of staff to former Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) for 19 years–and served a year in 1984-1985 as a chief of staff when Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) was a House member. Rouse was a member of the Senate Obama inner circle plotting a presidential run, writing out a step-by-step timetable–known as “The Plan” early on to map out Obama’s assumed ascent.