Monday, May 08, 2006

Rahm: No Regrets on IL-6 Primary

From the Jonathan Singer's MyDD interview with Rahm Emanuel:
Singer: For all of your fundraising successes, your recruitment successes, the biggest complaint out of the progressive blogosphere relating to your tenure as DCCC chair has been your willingness to jump into internal primary battles, most notably supporting Tammy Duckworth over a grassroots' favorite, Christine Cegelis. How would you respond to this criticism?

Emanuel: I think there are places where primaries are good. Illinois, in the 6th, they had a primary. But my view was, I also have a charge, as you know Jonathan, to make every seat competitive -- or as many seats as I can competitive. And I know what my Republican counterpart said when Tammy won, which is this is going to be a very competitive seat now.

And so sometimes with being a leader at the DCCC comes criticism. That's part of the job. That's fine.

The voters in the end of the day in the 6th district made a decision. They made a decision to have Tammy be the nominee. In my view, it's now a discussion about Tammy's set of ideas about what it takes to move this country forward and the extreme ideas and policies that Senator Roskam has been voting on, like against stem cell research. He's for banning books and movies like "It's a Wonderful Life," like "Romeo and Juliet" from schools. He opposed the assault weapons ban. This is a debate about Tammy Duckworth versus Peter Roskam. This is not about what happened in the past.

Singer: Maybe just on a larger scale, not just in that race, do you have any concern that... There has been a lot of rhetoric coming out of the progressive blogosphere. Do you have any concern that might turn into, say, progressive voters staying at home on election day?

Emanuel: If the progressive blogs saying... Look, let's go back. What happened in 2004, John Kerry got 47 percent. Right?

Singer: In that district.

Emanuel: And Cegelis got what? Do you remember?

Singer: 44 percent.

Emanuel: So she ran below John Kerry in that district. Correct?

Singer: That's correct, I think.

Emanuel: So okay. I'm into a general election against Peter Roskam. And that's a suburban district. It's a district that's going to be won with independents, because there's not enough Democrats to win it. Okay?

"I know what my Republican counterpart said when Tammy won, which is this is going to be a very competitive seat now."

I knew he wasn't taking his cues from the Democratic grassroots, but his apparent satisfaction with attaboys from across the aisle surprises even me. I guess you take your affirmation where you can get it.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yup, that's right. Now that Tammy has won the seat will be competitive. An ultra right-wing Republican with extreme views and voting record and ties to DeLay and GOP corruption will now be able to compete for the seat.

Had it been Cegelis, someone who actually stood for something, Roskam woudn't have stood a chance.

I am a Tech Teacher said...

Not only is the seat competitive, but with Roskam getting endorsements from the Teamsters and the Operating Engineers, Duckworth is going to need the support of ALL the grassroots activists in the IL-06. She won't win with the campaign relies solely on the "work" of the township organizations!

Educational professional said...

Ah, competetive? Tammy will be soundly beaten. Remember, it's not national democratic leaders and the press corp voting for this congressional seat; it's the citizens of the 6th congressional district.

Anonymous said...

I hope that the educational professional who posted last isn't an English Teacher. Check out the spelling.

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