The Left used to delight in making GW Bush out as a dim-witted hand-puppet, manipulated from behind the scenes by the evil Darth Cheney and the sinister Karl Rove, who wielded the real power behind the throne.
So, what are we to make of this.
We learn in today’s Washington Post that Rahm Emanuel called a group of veterans’ group leaders together to discuss a budget controversy “in the Situation Room,” with “Emmanuel seated in the President’s chair.” …
[In previous administrations,] such a meeting would have been held either in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, or maybe in the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing — but never in the Situation Room. Obama seems to be holding to this principle–but not the self-aggrandizing Rahm Emanuel.
Makes sense. Obama is a Zaphod Beeblebrox sort of president… someone whose purpose isn’t to wield power, but to draw attention away from it. Posing for celebrity magazine covers and yakking it up with Jay Leno serve this purpose. Meanwhile, Rahm Emmanual, the ruthless political operative, is really the one in charge.