The Enforcer: Rahmbo Emanuel
In The Prince, Machiavelli discusses how a ruler must be feared rather than loved. That whatever course of action a ruler takes, as long as it is for the benefit of the state, the actions taken to get there are irrelevant. In today’s world we refer to this ideas as “the ends justify the means.” To some this may seem like a barbaric means to accomplish one’s goals, and these people may very well be right. Regardless, in today’s world nobody represents this idea better than former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Throughout much of his political career, Rahm Emanuel has been known by his colleagues as the enforcer. It is probably for this reason, that President Obama wasted no time in choosing Emanuel to be his Chief of Staff shortly after winning the Presidency. During his almost two years in the Obama Administration, Emanuel led the way on a number of the President’s top priorities. During the health care debates, Rahm Emanuel would make frequent trips to Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress and “convince” them to support President Obama’s agenda. On other issues, Rahm Emanuel was working behind closed doors, utilizing the tools at his disposal to achieve the President’s goals. To those who opposed him, Rahm Emanuel was a dirty politician who was willing to cut any deal to pass legislation he supported. To his allies, he was a leader who fought for what he believed in, and made it happen. Now, although Rahm Emanuel is not a ruler, he still exhibited the characteristics of a Machiavellian ruler. He acted with a sense of purpose (possibly ruthlessness) in order to accomplish his goals. But, he did so in a way not to achieve personal glory, but because he was doing what he believed was best for the country. But, with Emanuel’s departing to run for Mayor of Chicago, President Obama is left with the soft-spoken Deputy Chief of Staff Pete Rouse. Although, Rouse will only fill in temporarily until a permanent replacement is found, it will be interesting to see how Rouse’s ability to push the President’s agenda compares to that of Rahm Emanuel. For I know one thing is certain: Rahm Emanuel will be sorely missed in the White House. And, despite your political leanings or feeling about Rahm Emanuel, you must agree on one thing: The Enforcer always got the job done.