September 8th, 2010
01:41 PM ET
8 years ago

Who might replace Rahm Emanuel?

Washington (CNN) - The smart money in Washington and Chicago, Illinois, says it's all but a certainty that within weeks Rahm Emanuel will throw his hat into the ring to replace retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. So the parlor game over who will replace Emanuel as White House chief of staff has already kicked into high gear.

I've been hitting the phones and working the BlackBerry since Daley announced his plans to step down, and a clear consensus has emerged among top strategists within the Democratic party: Two White House aides - Tom Donilon and Ron Klain - are the clear front-runners to take over Emanuel's office just steps from the Oval Office.

But also pay close attention to a name you have not heard much about yet, but that could end up being the surprise pick: Phil Schiliro. Schiliro doesn't grab a lot of headlines but has a huge fan in the president himself and could wind up shocking the political world by snagging the top job.

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  1. Snow

    I did not think they could find someone as crooked as daley but I guess emanuel would fit the bill.

    September 8, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Michael from Ventura

    This is a GOOD thing for SO MANY REASONS!

    September 8, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. jeff jackson, alabama

    Rahm is a shoe in to be mayor of Chicago.
    He is the mobster style prototype that has
    run that city since the 1920's.

    September 8, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  4. BlueDem1

    Obama needs to do whatever he can to persuade Rahm to stay on as his chief of staff. Rahm is a sharp politician who's pragmatically progressive and his knowledge and ability will very much be needed over the next two years, especially if the White House will be dealing with an less-than-friendly Congress starting next January.

    September 8, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "The smart money in Washington"

    Doesn't exist.

    Duh...and that applies regardless of which party (or independent)whack job you're talking about.

    You set yourself up for that one, Ed "The Hack" Henry. Why don't you just go back to smirking whenever you get to deliver bad news about Obama or the Dems. Smirker.

    September 8, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Rob Johnson

    Emanuel has been a catastrophic failure as White House Chief of Staff, and the country as a whole will be better off with him out of national politics.

    Rahm's abrasive personality and thuggish tactics have been one of Obama's greatest liabilities since he took office. Between him and Nancy Pelosi, I'm sure Obama has a new understanding of the old saying "With friends like these, who needs enemies?"

    I can't say the same for Chicago, but after years of the Daley machine, it's hard to see how local politics there could get much worse.

    September 8, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Naqib

    I fully support Emanuel...

    Chicago and Illinois deserve him

    September 8, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  8. Carl Soderstrom

    What about Bill Clinton for Chief of Staff.........

    September 8, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Whatever

    I'm just being silly but appoint Boehner!! LOL now that would send a quake through D.C. He would decline it because he couldn't do the job bring everyone together to pass an agenda. It would be great to see the talking heads go WILD!! Oh I forgot the #1 quality is getting things passed. He would be disqualified. He only knows the word NO. LOL

    September 8, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Eric

    "Who might replace Rahm Emanuel?"

    Have you considered The Grinch?

    September 8, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. jim

    The Obama administration has been looking for a way to get rid of him and this is their golden opportunity.However, whoever replaces him will not do the job any better because Obama captain's the ship.And as now the ship is sinking and the lifeboats are in the water.

    September 8, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Keith in Austin

    How about someone that shows a little honesty and ethical backbone!

    September 8, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |