While Mr. Obama campaigned on a promise of bipartisan conciliation, his choice for his White House chief of staff, Representative Rahm Emanuel, indicated on Sunday that no such deal linking auto-industry aid and a stimulus package with trade pacts was in the cards. “You don’t link those essential needs to some other trade deal,” Mr. Emanuel said on ABC’s “This Week.” Democrats close to both Mr. Obama’s transition team and to Congressional leaders seemed willing to call Mr. Bush’s bluff, calculating that he would not want to gamble that G.M. — an iconic, century-old American corporation with business tentacles in every state — would fail on his watch and add to the negative notes of his legacy.Hmm..... who is both close to Mr. Obama's transition team and to Congressional leaders? Who'd take a hard-line stance and threaten to call the president's bluff? Who'd use the Times to undermine the sitting president and make Obama look ready to support the auto industry if it weren't for stupid Bush and his stupid free-trade agreement? Maybe, just maybe, Congressional Democratic leader and Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel! You know, the same Rahm Emanuel who is known for just calling up Times reporters to shoot the breeze! Like when, as Ben Smith reported, he called up Times congressional reporter Carl Hulse for a nice little chat. The Bush people fired back:
Bush advisers view the leaks as an effort to undermine the president's remaining days in office. "Senator Obama may not be familiar with a long-standing tradition of presidents holding their private conversations, private," a senior adviser explained to the DRUDGE REPORT.As for who this is, who went crying to Drudge, we don't know and don't care. Lame duck! Losers! Just go away and let Obama buy Detroit a million fuel-efficient puppies!