Rahm Emanuel and Legal Reform Issues

By November 10, 2008Briefly Legal

We have a post over at Point of Law.com on the voting on legal-reform issues by Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Obama’s designee as White House chief of staff. He’s voted for some tort reform measures, opposed others.

UPDATE (11:04 a.m.): It’s all in the eye of the Eric be-Holder. Writing at “Green Change,” Stephen Zunes, a professor of politics and chair of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of San Francisco, attacks Emanuel for all sorts of sins, describing him as “one of the most conservative Democratic members of Congress.” If he were a Republican, Zunes would have hauled out the dreaded “neo-con” slur.

It is unclear how serious of a blow Obama’s selection of Emanuel is to those who hoped that Obama might actually steer the country in a more progressive direction. It’s easy to see it as nothing less than a slap in the face of the progressive anti-war elements of the party to whom Obama owes his election, particularly following his selection of Sen. Joe Biden as vice president.

Better get working on your “progressive” candidate for 2012, professor.

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