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The "Professional Left" Wants To Beat Emanuel



    The "Professional Left" Wants To Beat Emanuel
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    Emanuel met with Rep. Mike Quigley in the nation's capital on Wednesday. In response to Emanuel's potential mayor bid, Quigley said Emanuel "left the impression he's running."

    In a sign that Rahm Emanuel’s return to Chicago is going to turn the mayor’s race into a national election, a group called the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is circulating an online petition, asking its followers to “Hold Rahm Accountable.”

    “I will not support Rahm Emanuel in any future election for Congress, Mayor of Chicago, Governor, or other office,” reads the petition, which as of post time has 2,992 signatures. “He sold us out on the public option and is a weak Democrat who caves instead of fighting conservatives and corporate power. We won't forget the choices you’ve made, Rahm.”

    The petition began making the rounds in January, long before Rahm was considered a Mayoral candidate.

    The Progressive Change Campaign Committee is a Washington, D.C., PAC, which mostly focuses on electing liberal Democrats to Congress, began circulating the petition in January, long before Rahm was considered a mayoral candidate. The group strongly supported adding a public option to President Obama’s health care plan. It’s angry with Emanuel for engineering a compromise that stripped a government-run insurance plan from the bill after Sen.Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., objected.

    The petition quotes a New York Times article which describes how Emanuel convinced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to surrender on the public option:

    Rahm Emanuel, the president’s chief of staff, arrived at Reid’s office not long afterward — casually dressed, a cup of coffee in one hand — and after a brisk meeting, a decision was reached: Reid would abandon his compromise, which was intended to appease proponents of a government-run insurance plan.

    As Slate noted, in article titled “So Long, Jerk,” Emanuel was loathed by the progressive netroots, the online cabal that White House spokesman Robert Gibbs calls “the professional left.”

    Slate quotes Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos, “one of the many online salons of anti-Rahm sentiment:

    “I thought we’d get the guy who busted balls in the House,” Moulitsas says. “Instead, we got a White House more obsessed with getting [Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike] Enzi aboard the health care reform plan than on passing the best possible legislation and doing whatever it took to make it happen… His role was to win at all costs, and he was good at that job in the House. In the White House, he failed. Shit, Dems can’t even pass a middle class tax cut.”

    As hapless opponents of Tea Party candidates have discovered, the Internet has turned elections that used to be local affairs into national referenda. This is Chicago’s first real mayoral election of the Internet age, and Emanuel is the first national figure to run for the office. The PCCC has raised millions of dollars to attack politicians who don’t support the public option. Some of that money may be headed for Chicago.