Why liberals will be glad to see Rahm Emanuel go. – By David Weigel – Slate Magazine
Emanuel’s arrival at the White House was, for progressives, an original sin. It was compounded by the way he made sure that Dean would stay outside of the White House. “There was never any intention to hire Dean,” says one Democrat who talked to Berman, “and in fact there was a great deal of satisfaction in dissing him.” That, according to the professional left, just proved what they thought about Emanuel. He thought the left was so overzealous and useless that he relished in ignoring it. Proving the left wrong was synonymous with having the right policy.
Both the GOP and the Dems are afraid of their bases. How they react to those fears is what distinguishes the policy arms of the parties.