When the Chicago Political Machine, led by Rahm Emanuel, moved into the White House, did they think their legendary arm twisting, intimidation, and overall general thugery would simply be business as usual? The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform led by Darrell Issa (R-CA) says ‘No way!’ Read more below, see photos, and a video.

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Darrell Issa, Rahm Emanuel

When Barack Obama became president, he brought with him a number of friends from Chicago including Rahm Emanuel as his Chief of Staff. ‘Rahm-bo’ is well-known in and out of political circles as a foul mouthed, arm-twisting, asshat who is reportedly not above using brass knuckles to intimidate persuade those who may be slow to agree. It seems he may have been ‘persuading’ some congress members and Governors who have been critical of The One and his failed stimulus. Now, a scathing letter sent from Darrell Issa to Rahm Emanual states his ‘Chicago Political Machine’ scare tactics, intended to intimidate, may work in Chicago but not on the U.S. Congress.

With a lifetime of getting paid for doing what he does best, Rahm Emanuel may be a wee bit surprised at the reaction he got from Darrell Issa, the ranking GOP’er on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa’s letter to Emanuel addressed “White House retaliation” and some not-so-veiled threatening letters suggesting serious cuts to the state budgets of Senator John Kyl (R-AZ) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, (R-VA) reportedly because they dared to publically and cogently criticize The One’s economic stimulus package on weekend tv news programs.

Here’s a brief excerpt from Darrell Issa’s letter to Rahm Emanuel:

“The fact that the letters were coordinated by you to maximize the level of intimidation is supported by the timing, structure, and content of each letter. Not only were the four letters all sent the day following Senator Kyl’s remarks, but they were also remarkably similar in tone and sentence structure,”

…You’ve unfortunately reacted by once again resorting to the playbook of the Chicago political machine.”

You can find the full text of the letter from Darrell Issa to Rahm Emanuel here. Go read it for yourself – it’s just great.

Obama, Emanuel and the rest of the Chicago Political Machine that has moved into the White House are quite used to being the bullies on the block and I wouldn’t expect that to change much in the next 3+ years. But we are starting to see Obama’s facade beginning to crack. Yet this latest stunt proves that his administration is willing, and intends to, continue to play hard ball bigtime. They have a good gig and they don’t want to lose it! Thankfully, we are also starting to see some serious pushback from the young turks in the GOP like Darrell Issa. Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Political Machine isn’t going anywhere for a while, but it’s still awesome to see Republicans begin to successfully stand up to it.

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