January 18th, 2010
02:48 PM ET
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Progressive group steps up offensive against Emanuel

A progressive group is stepping up its offensive against White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
A progressive group is stepping up its offensive against White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Washington (CNN) – A liberal group is stepping up its offensive against White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, urging its members to sign a pledge claiming they will not to support the former Illinois congressman if he ever runs for public office again.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a television ad in December questioning Emanuel's handling of the health care issue.

On Monday, the PCCC initiated a pledge campaign in response to a January 12 New York Times article that detailed how Emanuel met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and helped broker the decision to abandon a public option in order to garner the support of Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman. The Connecticut senator had just gone on a Sunday morning talk show to announce he would not vote for the Democrat's health care bill, and thus, could not be counted as Reid's 60th vote. The PCCC said Emanuel "undermine[d] progressives behind the scenes."

"There's nobody in Washington, D.C. who caves at the slightest hint of a fight with corporate interests more than Rahm Emanuel," PCCC co-founder Adam Green said in a statement. "We're making clear to Rahm that when he undermines progressives and the overwhelming will of the American people on issues like the public option, he will pay a political price back home."

The pledge Web site says the PCCC's goal is 1000 signatures; as of Monday afternoon, about 950 PCCC members had signed the pledge, and the group planned an online ad campaign in Illinois to boost awareness of the campaign.


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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Mitch

    The left claims that the American people "overwhelmingly" support this health care debacle? Where the heck do those morons get their facts? Just the opposite is true...we, the real people, hate both the policy and the corrupt Obama-Pelosi-Reid process to jam it through.

    Go Scott Brown Go! More to follow.

    January 18, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  2. Bpin

    Dissention in the ranks? BHO better hurry and get some of his....oh well.....not his, but the bills he says he will put up with passed so he can say he has passed something quick. After all, there is about to be a new "mass" appeal facing him and he cannot even get his own mob coordinated.

    January 18, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. cyfi

    These heavy handed tactics are turning people off. These extremist have gone after anyone who dares to challenge what they are saying. Scientist at the EPA have had their jobs eliminated, employees have been transferred to lower jobs.

    Instead of blaming the messenger, maybe these fanatics should be asking why people aren't supporting them?

    The liberals have put their wish list ahead of the needs of the people. We don't need health reform today, we need jobs created. They could of done the health reform next year. However, any bill that doesn't treat all Americans the same is flawed and any bill that doesn't include TORT Reform is a joke.

    January 18, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    Heck, let me sign that too even though I have different reasons for supporting the measure!!

    January 18, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. dora

    I don't know about anyone else out there, but I didn't vote to elect Rahm Emanuel, so I getting mighty sick and tire of him and his DLC cronies calling all the shots.

    January 18, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Aric G.

    When are these "progressive" extremists going to wake up? They support the back-door construction of the greatest U.S. private sector take-over of all time. If they so strongly support the "transformation” of our great nation to the point our founding constitution is unrecognizable, why don't they pack their bags and move to Venezuela or Cuba? I hear they’ve got it pretty good…why wouldn’t we head that direction, too?

    January 18, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Marion/Birmingham,Al

    Don't you just love it when a political party start eating their own?

    January 18, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. dennispaul

    As Expected.....the Dems continue to feed on themselves.

    January 18, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Debbie

    Division between Democrates will be the down fall of any health care at all. Had they come together and not played into the GOP game of divide and conquer they would have had some health care.

    The GOP is not an inclusive group and never have been. They make claims but history shows different. The one thing they always do is vote in a block.

    People have short memories. The GOP was the majority not too long ago and set into motion the economic downfall we have now. The votes they made then in the legislature is what gave banks, insurance companies, and mortgage companies free reign.

    It's the Dems own fault.

    January 18, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. File under "Sarcasm"

    Quick, there must be a scapegoat to explain all the problems passing healthcare. Ain't Democrat politics exciting!

    January 18, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Greg Pottstown PA

    I agree with the liberals, If Rahm had pushed universal health care the senate may have never gotten a bill together at all. So I agree with them. Rahm should have pushed for universal coverage and the rest of America would not need to hold their breath over the mass senate race.

    January 18, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If this group doesn't like what Emanuel is doing, aren't they doing the exact opposite but in the same manner? Go away people and find some common sense because obviously that's what's missing.

    January 18, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. File under "Sarcasm"

    The liberal left is just as crazy as the conservative right as far as political purity is concerned. They both expect their politicians to be kamakaze pilots representing the extreme positions rather than compromise an inch.

    January 18, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Patriot

    So this is how the socialist's felt after the last presidential election. What a glorious day...Liberal agenda, RIP!

    January 18, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Objective Thinking

    Emmanuel is Obama's Chief of Staff, so if Emmanuel brokered this deal, then surely it's because Obama told him to. Do you really think Emmanuel would make this decision on his own?

    Why aren't they stepping up an offensive against Obama? I honestly think a lot of liberals go out of their way not to blame Obama. They'll blame anyone around him (Wright, Blagojevich, etc) just to avoid blaming him.

    January 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    The way the "progressives" are collapsing under the weight of their own dishonesty and lies, this really isn't much of a threat for Emmanuel. What is funny is how this group calls itself "progressive" when it is obvious by what it is doing to Emmanuel that it so "repressive"

    January 18, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. buckeye

    That's not enough. Rahm Emmanuel should be removed from his appointed office immediately. He has inflicted tremendous damage upon our society, which, of course, may not matter to him since he is really an Israeli.

    January 18, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. New Yorker

    "overwhelming will of the American people on issues like the public option"
    Are you kidding? The Democrats are tumbling down because the American people don't even want the health reform they are trying to shove down our throats even though it DOESN'T have the public option. You liberals just don't get it. WE DON'T WANT SOCIALISM – PERIOD

    January 18, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    I don't know if RE is advising the President or not, but whoever is, is reading the mood of this country wrong, and it's going to cost the party before they can move this country forward, which is sad. Isn't there someone in the White House in charge of reading progressive blogs or watching progressive pundits, at the very least, to determine the general mood? There should be. And treating progressives, who came out in numbers and chipped in whatever they could afford during the campaign, with disdain is never a very good idea, politically.

    January 18, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. joe blow

    so much for the pugnacious fighter guy with hill experience and a temper who was going to fight for our rights - instead, we get the same old same old with all these people more concerned with the second term rather than accomplishing those things promised during last year's election. democrats are wimps. when are you going to fight against the right that plagues this country and its progress?

    January 18, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Not that I have any sympathy for the idiot socialists–uh, excuse me, "progressives"–but any reason at all to take down Israel's man in the White House, Rahm Emanuel, is a good one.

    January 18, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. wait a minute

    Deal-making for special interest is probably due to our lack of national solidarity, otherwise we would have feelings for our fellow citizens and agree that we have the moral responsibility to provide basic medical care for every American.

    If subsidies for the working poor that is not qualified for Medicaid are too much to ask for, how about giving them an interest-free loan till they can make more money and pay back the public loan in their tax return filing?

    Without a strong Public Option, we will not be able to cut down health care costs. Insurance mandates will only enrich private insurers.

    No Public Option = No Mandate
    No higher premium for older people

    The senate and house bills allow three or two times higher premiums for older people. No other industrial countries allow such a thing.

    The most we can charge is an age surcharge that is exactly the same as your age. For example, a one-year old pays $1 per year; a 50 year old pays $50 a year; and $100 for a 100-year old.
    But we should keep premiums the same for everyone.
    Hopefully we will grow old some day with a more effective and efficient health care system.

    January 18, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. unemployed by Obama

    this guy is just another obama crook

    January 18, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This is short sighted; never vote or support someone again? That shows that they think someone can never change. I don't like to believe that at all. I would HOPE that people could change over time. Remember that Emanuel has to serve the president and help get that agenda through Congress.

    January 18, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  25. REG in AZ

    If we are once again swayed by the aggressive and deceptive appeals to our biases, prejudices and self-focused concerns, in the near future we are very likely to be here again, only then the circumstances will be even more dire as the costs of the new self-serving irresponsibility will then be added on top of the current drastic problems. To now repeat our blind acceptance of the deceptive rhetoric offered to rationalize as 'conservative' their bold total concentration on benefiting Special Interests and a select few while giving the majority only apathy, the costs and an abundance of subterfuge can only result in more significant loss for the vast majority. Failing to be objective and responsibly rational in recognizing the control and manipulation executed over their 'puppet' representatives by the influential, powerful and wealthy few is simply to be self-flagellant. Should we allow ourselves to be influenced by their appeals to our self-interests regarding concern over the costs to straighten things out now and support them in further neglecting reform, we will have only ourselves to fault. We need our representatives to be honestly responsible to us and not just loyal to Special Interests and a select few who overtly and covertly strongly support and control them. We really need to be diligent in holding them responsible to do so and stubbornly firm in rejecting them when they seek to do otherwise. Otherwise don't blame them.

    January 18, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
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