Rahm Emmanuel

I've heard two superficially plausible and, I think, completely contradictory narratives of what the Rahm Emmanuel appointment means.  One:  that Barack Obama is taking his administration in a more pragmatic, less ideological direction.  Two:  that Barack Obama is looking for a hatchet man to beat the snot out of the Republicans.  Which is true?  I'm not enough of an insider to even hazard a guess.  But it's interesting how the same piece of information can plausibly tell two utterly different stories.

Presented by

Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Business

Just In