While Republican Senator Lindsey Graham praised the pick, other conservatives have suggested that the Emanuel doesn’t exactly signal an end to partisan politics.
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So yes, while Emanuel is known for being a tough guy, I think we need to look at the praise from Graham more closely because his dealing with Rahm were during the campaign. In other words, the way Rahm acts under the guidance of Obama seems to be very different from the way he acts as a Washington operator.
And, ironically, having one of the more partisan operators by his side could actually help bring about less partisanship because Rham is A) not in the legislature anymore and B) will know what everybody wants so Obama can come to the table prepapred to find common ground.