Rahm Has Ways of Making You Stick to the Talking Points


Rahm Emmannuel tells the HuffPost that he’s sorting out whatever House Democrats may have had some trepidation about backing Obama. I like this part where he brainwashes David Boren best:

The famously acid-tongued Chicagoan may be right, Democrats like Ellsworth and Boren may not pose a problem. But the Republican National Committee is sure trying to make them one. GOP officials have blasted out press releases highlighting Boren’s claim that Obama has the “most liberal” voting record in the Senate. “You go ask Boren,” Emanuel says, “he’ll tell you his view is that that was taken out of context, that he is going to support the nominee.”

(He was right: “My comments were taken out of context and as I have said from day one I will vote for the Democratic nominee in November,” Boren told The Huffington Post.)

Out of context is rapidly becoming my least-favorite politician tick. It’s possible, of course, to genuinely take something out of context in an abusive way. But increasingly “context” seems to mean “you took the statement I actually made at face value without adding in a lot of caveats and so forth that I did not, in fact, say.”