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Failed Mayor Rahm Emanuel Yuks It Up With Failed Governor Chris Christie On ABC's Expert Panel

The ABC political show This Week on Sunday devoted a chunk of time to attacking Medicare for All, drawing fire for the segment's panel makeup and language.

Of particular gall was the fact that the panel's nominal liberal was former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a fiercely right-wing Democrat whose decades-long career in Washington, as Intercept editor Ryan Grim recently detailed in his book "We've Got People," has been devoted to stifling the party's progressive wing.

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Sunday was no different as Emanuel, now an investment banker with the firm Center View Partners, took aim at Medicare for All by framing the broadly popular policy proposal as a danger to Democratic electoral hopes in 2020.

During the discussion, Emanuel attacked progressive calls for Medicare for All. Both men claimed that voters would viscerally reject any attempt to change the nation's healthcare system, both by getting rid of private insurance and offering care to non-citizens.

Recounting how he recently "biked around Lake Michigan, nearly 1,000 miles, through Michigan and Wisconsin," Emanuel said that at diners in the two Midwestern states, one constant theme emerged.

"Nobody at a diner ran at me and said, take my healthcare away," said Emanuel.

Likely accurate.

Besides, why would someone make such a plea to a disgraced ex-mayor who has nothing to do with their health care?

Also:

The former mayor was joined during the panel discussion by former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a staunch Republican and longtime supporter of President Donald Trump. The duo were joined by Rich Lowry, editor of hard-right magazine National Review, ABC reporter Mary Bruce and Axios reporter Alexi McCammond. So, ideologically well-balanced. 🙄

Justice Democrats communications director Waleed Shahid added that the hostility around Medicare for All on network shows is becoming hard to ignore.

The right tilt of the three partisan members of the show was noted by Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel.

Emanuel has been an ABC contributor since July.

Julie Oliver, a Democrat running for Congress in Texas' 25th district, opined on Twitter that Emanuel's position at the network might have something to do with the temperature of his takes on progressive priorities.

This post work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License.

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See also:

* Splinter: Exactly Nobody Needed This.

* Tribune: Mayor Emanuel Gets Chummy With GOP Ex-Gov. Chris Christie.

* The Contrary Perspective: ABC's Obnoxious Tag Team: Christie And Emanuel.

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Posted on September 10, 2019


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