Rahm Emanuel: First Jewish Speaker of the House?

Politico examines the ambitions of Democratic powerbroker Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who is considered a possible Senate successor to Barack Obama in the event that the Illinois Democrat is elected president in November.

But Emanuel insists that he’s not interested in Obama’s Senate seat , which, Politico notes, begs the question, “What does Rahm really want, and what is his timetable for getting there?”

Politico reports that “before he was even elected to his first term as the congressman from the North Side of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel was telling friends that he had one goal in life: to become the first Jewish speaker of the House.”

Insiders apparently think that Emanuel’s dream is a real possibility. Politico’s John Bresnahan writes:

Incidentally, there would be a certain irony if Emanuel winds up getting Obama’s Senate seat: Emanuel was one of the few Illinois pols who didn’t jump on the Obama bandwagon during the primaries. He found himself in the sticky situation of choosing between the Clintons — who had given him his big break with a prominent White House post — and his home-state senator. His response? He hid under his desk.

Back in February, I came across this great video on Emanuel’s vice-presidential prospects.

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