Bernie’s words carry weight: Hillary rushes to distance herself from Rahm Emanuel

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Relationships can be fleeting in politics, particularly Clinton politics – and when Bernie Sanders went on the offensive against Hillary Clinton for proudly boasting of Rahm Emanuel’s support, at least publicly, the Clinton-Emanuel relationship quickly became a political casualty.

It’s no secret that seriously unpopular Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.  It’s also no secret that Emanuel worked as an adviser in the Clinton Administration.  He held fundraisers for Clinton for her upcoming presidential run.  In 2014, during her book tour, Clinton sat down with Emanuel and had what was referred to as a “love-fest.”  As Bernie Sanders noted, Clinton still proudly lists Emanuel as one of her mayoral endorsers.  And as Bloomberg reported, in December 2015, Clinton was still praising Emanuel, despite his handling of the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.  She said she still had confidence in him, and added,

He loves Chicago and I’m confident that he’s going to do everything he can to get to the bottom of these issues and take whatever measures are necessary to remedy them.

Enter Bernie Sanders, who has minced no words in tying Clinton to politically toxic Emanuel, and emphasizing Emanuel’s endorsement of Clinton:

Well, let me be clear as I can be: Based on his disastrous record as mayor of the city of Chicago, I do not want Mayor Emanuel’s endorsement if I win the Democratic nomination.

Bernie’s words evidently hold a particular sting for Clinton.  Apparently now, to Hillary Clinton, Emanuel was nothing more than the bleak morning after of a Jose Cuervo night.  This past weekend, Clinton hit Chicago to campaign – scrambling, as she is, to maintain a toehold in the Illinois primary, where she once had a commanding lead – and instead of stopping in to see her old pal, Emanuel, she kept on moving.  With Bernie taking sharp aim at Emanuel on his “disastrous record” as mayor of Chicago, and taking every opportunity to link Clinton and Emanuel, Clinton has taken the very Clinton’esque, and politically expedient, route and has decided that Rahm, at least for now, is best viewed from her rear view mirror.

But don’t be fooled by Hillary Clinton’s newly distanced relationship with Rahm Emanuel.  Husband Bill Clinton did meet with with Emanuel when he hit Chicago last week.  And Emanuel isn’t completely shut out of the Hillary Clinton inner circle – he regularly speaks to White House veteran John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman.

Clinton may be publicly ducking the embrace of her former pal for a minute, for clear political reasons, but he shouldn’t sweat it – after all, if she wins the nomination, and no longer has Bernie Sanders’ standards to pretend to live up to, she’ll love him again.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shares a laugh with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during her visit to Chicago, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, to promote her new book. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shares a laugh with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during her visit to Chicago, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, to promote her new book. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)