The Financial Times described Rahm Emanuel's management style as 'capricious', meaning arbitrary, subject to whim or prejudice. That's the FT. I have always thought that he was pugnacious and overly aggressive.
I also thought he has ill-served the President.
The Chief of Staff never should have allowed the terms of the health care debate be determined by Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. The President's agenda should be the President's agenda. Word is he is going to leave to run for Mayor of Chicago. I have been expecting his departure, along with his obsession of managing the very short term news cycle, for some time.
The most talked about candidates are very different.
Apparently the leading contenders are Peter Rouse, former Senator Obama's chief of staff; Tom Donlon, deputy head of the National Security Council, and described by the FT as "the most powerful man in the White House whose name isn't widely known"; and Ron Klein, Joe Biden's chief of staff, a position he held for Al Gore as well.