Rahm Emanuel On Democrats Winning: ‘It Ain’t Gonna Happen in 2018’

“Winning’s everything,” Rahm Emanuel told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business on Monday.

“If you don’t win, you can’t make the public policy. I say that because it is hard for people in our party to accept that principle. Sometimes, you’ve just got to win, OK? Our party likes to be right, even if they lose.”

Where else have I heard that? Hmmm.

Oh, yeah, our current President, Donald J. Trump. He talked about winning so often that we grew bored of it.

And policy? Whatever divides the Republicans, Emanuel, who was once former President Obama’s chief of staff, is for it.

“Wherever there’s a disagreement among Republicans, I’m for one of those disagreements,” he said. “I’m all for it.”

Who cares about being right? Because winning.

“The president’s with Russia? I’m with John McCain and Lindsey Graham, I’m for NATO!” Emanuel said. “Why? [It’s a] wedge. Wedges have to be schisms, schisms have to be divides.”

This is from the guy who said “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.”

The logic here is Democrats want to be right too much, and therefore they don’t win. Maybe it’s because when they think they’re right, they’re really wrong, but who’s splitting hairs? Maybe they’ve been wrong for so long nobody can remember the last time they were right, but does anyone really care when they’re winning?

Emanuel also shared some awful truths for Democrats, stuff that nobody wants to hear.

“It took us a long time to get this low. It ain’t gonna happen in 2018,” he said. “Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul.”

“And if you think it’s going to be a quick turnaround, it’s not.”

The folks at liberal website The Root didn’t take too kindly to the kind of winning Emanuel suggested.

Have you seen the news coming out of Chicago lately? Is that what Emanuel considers winning?

Didn’t the Department of Justice just report that Chicago police “have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats,” and that police tactics have endangered civilians and officers, caused avoidable injuries and deaths, and helped complicate an already contentious relationship between officers and the community? Is that what Emanuel considers winning?

Haven’t school closures in the Chicago Public School system been an issue? Is that winning?

And what about his handling of the Laquan McDonald case? Was that a win, too, Mr. Mayor?

He claims that he goes in and gets done what needs to be done, but if the current state of his city is any evidence, he has a lot more work to do.

What does Emanuel think of moral victories? For the birds.

I don’t go to moral victory speeches. I can’t stand them. I’ve never lost an election. It’s about winning, because if you win, you then have the power to go do what has to get done.

If you lose, you can write the book about what happened—great, that’s really exciting!

I actually love this. Really love it. Because we’ve heard all of this before, in 2015 and 2016. Trump came along and told us we weren’t doing GOP politics right. We weren’t winning. We were low energy. We argued that principle matters, that being right matters. But it doesn’t, because this is politics, and only winning matters, right?

And now the Democrats get to hear the same message, except they’re losing, and they’re going to be losing for a long time, according to Emanuel.

Suck it up, buttercups.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

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