According to NBC News, Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job of Chief of Staff in the Obama White House. Everyone I’ve talked to or heard from, save Joe Scarborough, thinks this is a fantastic pick. Emanuel is smart, hard nosed, and knows how to get things done. While I have some disappointment in Emanuel’s abandonment of his quest to become Speaker of the House, it should be a fantastic partnership.
I heard Colin Powell’s name floated …. *not* by the campaign … as a possibility for Secretary of Education this morning. Thoughts?
Update: 10 minutes later, NBC News reports that Emanuel’s spokesperson denies that he has accepted the job. Interesting ….
Update: 11.6 12:54 NBC News “confirmed” that Emanuel has accepted the job. He apparently has been thinking this over since June. With the chaos over the last 24 hours surrounding his on-the-fence position over this appointment, he almost couldn’t have turned it down. I sympathize with his family’s position and wish them well on the transition.