Rahm Emanuel Inadvertently Slams Obama While Criticizing GOP

‘Bill Clinton set a new direction for the Democratic Party. As you know, I have a fondness for, I think, that kind of more pragmatic, progressive philosophy’

Rahm Emanuel Takes a Swipe at Obama While Bashing the GOP on CNN (Mediaite)

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN host Jake Tapper, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff and mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, had some advice for the Republican Party. Ever a Bill Clinton loyalist, Emanuel said that the GOP can learn from the 42nd President’s successful rebranding of the Democratic Party after being shut out of the White House for more than a decade. Maybe Emanuel knew his advice to the GOP also contained within it a subtle dig at his former boss, President Obama. Clinton’s “new direction” was one that both Obama and his party’s voters soundly rejected.

Taking an extemporaneous stroll through history with Tapper, Emanuel mused that the financial collapse of 2008 and the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) bailouts resulted in a populist backlash – primarily on the right, but also on the left – which “made our politics a lot worse.”

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