Kathy Shaidle

Rahm Emanuel is "Al Capone," says Mark Levin

Posted on August 10 2009 9:54 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Leave it to Democratic Party operatives to describe citizen protesters as acting like “organized mobs.” Such an unimaginative contradiction in terms surely indicates a new level of desperation in the liberal camp.

Then again, the same smirking liberal pointmen introduced the phrase “tea-bagging” to a general population heretofore blessedly ignorant of that particular sexual fetish. (Shamefully, even Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin has used the expression in public. It’s another indication of the degree to which civil discourse has degenerated — no small thanks to Durbin’s own comparison of U.S. soldiers to “Nazis” on the Senate floor.

But back to the “mob” meme: If liberals want ordinary people thinking about “mobs,” the type that more readily springs to mind these days are those of the “Sopranos” variety.


Appearing on FOX News at part of Sean Hannity’s Friday night “Freedom Concert” special, talk radio host Mark Levin said that President Obama‘s staffers were the ones behaving like mobsters: “[Obama’s] got Al Capone there, who is Rahm Emanuel [the Chief of Staff infamous for his ruthlessly aggressive political tactrics]; he’s got Meyer Lansky, who is [Obama political consultant]  David Axelrod (…) Who is behaving like they’re a mob? It’s them.”

An apt comparison: after all, it was Emanuel who notoriously “mailed a 30-inch decomposing fish to a pollster who had annoyed him” — a sinister gesture evocative of the scene in The Godfather in which the Don’s enemy finds a severed horse’s head in his bed.

While Mark Levin hasn’t endured the sort of misinformation attacks as those directed at fellow talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, I predict that won’t last for long. Surely even the most insular Democratic pol has heard by now that Levin’s book Liberty & Tyranny has been on the New York Times bestseller lists for 17 weeks and has sold close to a million copies.

From listening to callers to Levin’s show, I can attest that Levin’s book has been a favorite among townhall protesters and “tea partiers.” In fact, it was a quotation of Abraham Lincoln’s that Levin used in Liberty & Tyranny that led to this memorable encounter between a “mobster” and a member of the liberal media elite:

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