Debating Rahm

Bloggers question whether Emanuel is good for the White House

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has been, at times, a controversial figure as part of President Obama's team--he's drawn a healthy degree of fire from liberals throughout the health reform process--and now that The Washington Post's Dana Milbank and Jason Horowitz have both published inspections of Emanuel's role in the Obama White House, commentators are debating whether or not the president needs his charismatic chief of staff.

The Atlantic Wire's Max Fisher reports that some influential commentators on the left--including the Post's Ezra Klein and the Center for American Progress's Matthew Yglesias--are saying Emanuel is bad for the White House, with the Post's Jonathan Capehart suggesting Obama should ask his chief of staff why he wants to stay in the job if his advice isn't being taken.