Obama’s Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was pushing a new Administration line this week-end on Face The Nation.  Speaking of Rush Limbaugh, he said he is: “the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party.” Got that? Rush Limbaugh, a radio talk show host is being presented as the intellect of America’s opposition party. The point of this positioning is to minimize the force of any ideas coming from Limbaugh and therefore from The Right. In addition, because Rush Limbaugh came out and said he wanted President Obama to fail, he can be easily presented as the antagonistic republican who loathes his country so much so that he does not even wish its president well. This is briliant from the Democrats given that beyond saying “NO” to everything the White House proposes and beyond pushing their usual “Tax cuts and Small Government” line, the GOP has nothing to offer after 8 years of Bush/Cheney.

 Now some have dismissed Rush, but it seems everytime a Republican does, he ends up coming back to apologize for the offence. This week-end, Michael Steele the new RNC chairman had to come back on his words after he called Rush “simply an entertainer”, then Minority Whip Eric Cantor , then Bobby Jindal joined the fray hailing Limbaugh as a “great leader for conservatives.”  This, on the heels of his dismal rebuttal to Obama’s Almost-State of the Union address last week.

Just in case you thought the loss last November did not rattle republicans, chew on this: Sarah Palin is still polling higher than most other conservatives leaders.

If only the mid-term elections could be helf today, the Democrats might be well on their way to getting that filibuster-proof Senate.

Obama and Biden were with the governors today insisting on the need to maintain the lines of communication open between the federal executive and the states. Who can blame them? The problems facing the country are “ginormous” and nobody has a perfectly luminous crystal ball. So Obama & Biden will surely take the help wherever they can get it.

More on that here:

http://thepage.time.com/2008/12/02/pawlenty-we-appreciated-meeting-with-obama/

“Rhambo” Emmanuel was also talking today, briefing the press on the activities of his new boss. This is early days, but I know between now and Easter, somebody in the press is gonna be told what Rahm really thinks about them. Ok, I have totally bought into the luminiscence of that crystal ball. But it would certainly give us a small side show for a few days, something we may need from this otherwise very disciplined Obama Team.

Oh two more items:

1-James Steinberg will be named as Deputy Secretary of State under Hillary Clinton at State. Thank God! I was afraid that smug and sometimes arrogant Richard Holbrooke was gonna be back at State. But either way, more Clintonites coming back to their old jobs or something close to that.

2-Bill Richardsom will be officially unveiled tomorrow (Wednesday) as Commerce Secretary. Poor guy! Leaving the sunshine of New Mexico for the Commerce Department after putting his neck on the line for Obama after the jeremiah Wright nonsense.

Oh well, either way it’s back to the future in Obamaland!