Fresh Paint
Thursday, November 06, 2008
The legend of Rahm Emanuel, who has just accepted an offer to become Barack Obama's chief of staff, begins with a missing finger and a dead fish.

Washington buzz has long had it that Emanuel, 48, lost half a finger on his right hand to a bomb while serving in the Israeli army. Emanuel is also said to have mailed a smelly dead fish to a campaign pollster unlucky enough to upset him.
Many of us can't stand the man, but as a Chief of Staff, you don't necessarily want a kumbaya, happy-talk kind of guy. Save that for press secretary, if you must. This is a guy who can execute a plan, hire and fire, who knows everything about everyone. He is brutally loyal. If he were evil, he could out-Rove Rove. Perhaps he did.

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