From Political Wire:
The New York Times runs a must-read profile of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
“Mr. Emanuel is arguably the second most powerful man in the country and, just a few days into his tenure, already one of the highest-profile chiefs of staff in recent memory… In recent months, he has played a critical role in the selection and courtship of nearly every cabinet member and key White House staff member.”
“He has exerted influence on countless decisions; in meetings, administration officials say, Mr. Obama often allows him to speak first and last.”
Rahm is a take-no-prisoners type of leader. He will effectively enforce policy. He is also one of the most effective operatives within the Hill establishment. With the combination of his knowledge of the House and Biden’s of the Senate President Obama has a powerful legislative team.