The short answer is -- that's what he does. Emanuel is a Chicago politician to the core and they carry water for the next up the ladder. Forget who you are and what your real feelings may be, the important thing is who is in charge, who is the capo-di-tutti-capi. In the world of Rahm Emanuel, that is Obama right now -- even if the president is destroying the US economy, what's left of our international relations and the state of Israel, if he can, subconsciously or consciously, into the bargain.
I say subconsciously or consciously because Emanuel is a slave to the confused mind of Barack Obama, trapped, as Obama is, between the shopworn leftwing ideologies of his youth (from Ayers to Khalidi) that still flutter around in his brain and the brutal real world realities that are closing on the president as unemployment increases, the dollar sinks and bankruptcy looms. There is no way to reconcile these things. The welfare state -- the linchpin of liberalism -- is dead. The situation is untenable inside and outside Obama's mind. And we are all living the nightmare results.
Nevertheless, Emanuel, ever the loyal subaltern, helps his overlord circle the wagons, even if somewhere deep in his unconscious, he can imagine Obama at the infamous Rashid Khalidi farewell party, nodding and smiling at the worst anti-Semitic excrescences. Emanuel probably tells himself that Obama does not really believe all that -- he just had to be there. And possibly he doesn't. Some of the time anyway.... But some of the time he does. Because Obama is a confused man.
So when we are reading Emanuel's piece, we are doing more than running our eyes rapidly down another dull oped. We are taking a time trip back into the 1930s when Jews made all kinds of rationalizations for all kinds of behavior. We all know the results of that.
Now that the situation for Israel is grave again, the Emanuels of the world are not to be excused. Their ritual cries of "working from within" ring hollow in the extreme, all the more so as the likes of Alan Dershowitz and Ed Koch are finally edging away from Obama. It's time for a change -- and a real one for a change.
Returning to the "perhaps, maybe, perhaps" of my opening, whenever I post on here that Jewish voters are finally starting to move away from the Democratic Party, I get a chorus of "It'll never happen... they all come back for the election... self-destructive... etc., etc." Well, as I said, "perhaps, maybe, perhaps." But I would remind the naysayers of one thing -- their reaction is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nothing happens unless you do it. Or as the zen monks would say, "You can't get there by trying. But you won't get there if you don't try."