I hope this is a joke. I mean, it’s sorta funny in the way that people who work in politics night and day, know Rahm Emanuel, and want to have a laugh at his expense might enjoy it.
But then again, it includes some of the biggest names in the Democratic power structure – Carville, Pelosi, Hoyer, Durbin, etc. It is professionally done and is high quality production. The video isn’t attributed to any organization, campaign committee, or creative group. And it was posted to YouTube on an account that was created yesterday.
I guess what I’m really wondering is what makes this an appropriate subject for humor, particularly given Rahm is someone with historic ties to the Clintons and with geographic ties to Obama. He’s someone party elites listen to and at least in the world of Democratic insiders, he’s an incredibly influential person. Lastly, for whatever it’s worth, conservative columnist William Safire floated Rahm as a possible pick for Clinton last October. Safire did that on Meet the Press and it wasn’t done under the auspices of political comedy.
I should have looked around a bit more before posting. Lynn Sweet:
Emanuel launched his vice presidential bid –by now you surmise this is a joke, I hope–during a speech at the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner on Wednesday night where he shared the keynoting honors with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
And just to run up the score, Emanuel produced a campaign video for this veep drive featuring his family, staffers, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and buddy James Carville.
OK so he made it himself. It’s only funny for insiders and it still strikes me as a bit creepy.