Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rahm Emanuel Must Resign

It has become apparent that Rahm Emanuel must resign from Obama's staff and as a US house of Representative. Emanuel was in serious discussions with Rod Blagojevich regarding the filling of Obama's vacated senate seat. While Emanuel claims he did nothing wrong it is apparent that Emanuel knew that Blagojevich was attempting to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder and Emanuel continued discussions rather than turn in Blagojevich for his corruption.

Emanuel is a partisan hack that was providing names to Blagojevich that were acceptable to Obama. Also Emanuel was in discussion regarding his own house seat. This is not the actions of a post partisan and transparent government. If Obama wants to save his presidency he needs to accept Emanuel's volunteer resignation or force his resignation involuntarily if needed. This is the only way for Obama to save his Presidency before it even begins.

Obama campaigned on bringing transparency back to the government. Yet when Blagojevich was attempting to sell Obama's Senate seat Obama remained quiet. There is no way Obama's Chief of Staff was involved in discussion with Blagojevich and Obama did not know about them. Obama should have turned Blagojevich in immediately to federal prosecutors for corruption. Instead Emanuel and Obama both decided to remain quiet.

On Thursday Obama promised an investigation into his staff concerning contact with Blagojevich. Yet Obama refuses to even let out who is in charge of the investigation. This is not what it means to be transparent. It is now Sunday and there is still no word from Obama or his transition team as to their findings. There is only one way for Obama to avoid jumping the shark; he must let Emanuel go.

The longer this process takes the higher the odds that Obama will jump the shark even before being sworn in to office. Anything short of Emanuel's resignation and Obama will have a difficult time regaining the public's trust. Obama is losing much of the trust from the American public. The longer this fiasco continues the less people will trust Obama. Obama needs to come clean and rid his staff of Emanuel.

Obama is in danger of having his Presidency fail. Allowing this scandal to fester and clouded will doom Obama. A president who loses the confidence of the American public can not lead. This scandal represents everything Americans despise about politics. Obama has thus far been in denial. Obama has been weak and ineffective. The scandal keeps brewing and Obama remains on the sidelines. Obama is at a crossroads. Obama must now lead and demand Emanuel resign as Chief of Staff and resign from the House of Representatives. Emanuel must go.


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Anonymous said...

I agree with your blog posting 100% Similar to your post, there is now an online effort demanding Emmanuel resign for his unethical conduct and lies about his involvement in the Blagojevich corruption scandal over Obama's Senate seat.

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