Jan 6, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Rahm's power tips

Rahm Emanuel

Then-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel walks behind President Obama as they prepare to leave Washington for Chicago in August 2010. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

This week is all about power. Power in the Senate. Power in the White House.

Why it matters: If there's a currency in this town, it's power, so we asked several former Washington power brokers to give us their best tips for new members of Congress — as well as a certain incoming president.

Tuesday night: Rahm Emanuel, as told to Axios.

  • "The successful presidents understand the power of public opinion to change Washington, rather than Washington’s ability to change public opinion."
  • "Whenever you are working it, you’ve got to know where people are starting from, and don’t dismiss their politics as wrong. Try and incorporate their politics in your strategy."
  • "There are different power centers, and the media is its own institutional power, whether they like it or not."
  • "You need to know if you’re moving the ball down the field or stopping the ball. The first is harder, by degrees."
  • "You have all of your administration, not just what’s at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but to wield that power is to have people know that you control it."
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