Rahm!!If you’re a former ballet dancer with a hot temper and nine and a half fingers, you’re probably glad to see that this Rahm Emanuel fellow came along. If he can make it, so can you! Emanuel also has two brothers, Zeke and Ari, with whom you might have more in common than you might think. Take Wonkette’s Official Emanuel Brother Diagnostic Personality Test and find out!

1. Pretend you were one of three brothers born to a psychiatric social worker and a pediatrician. You’d be the:
A. Eldest [Wikipedia]
B. Middle child [Wikipedia]
C. Youngest, by 16 months to the day [Wikipedia]

This one is Ari2. It’s time to attend a small elite in-the-middle-of-nowhere four-year liberal arts college. You choose:
A. Amherst; in western Massachusetts, the only person around to give an inferiority crisis to is yourself [New York Times]
B. Sarah Lawrence; grades are for the weak and the academically-inclined [New York Times]
C. Macalester; it’s neither Sarah Lawrence nor Amherst [New York Times]

3. Pet peeve:
A. Doctor-assisted suicide [New York Times]
B. Tony Blair’s incompetence [Telegraph]
C. The belief that IQ and income are proportional [New York Times]

4. Unlikely ally:
A. the Wyden-Bennett health care bill [HuffPost]
B. G.W.F. Hegel [New Yorker]
C. Arianna Huffington [HuffPost]

5. Medical triumph:
A. Hippocrates Magazine Ethicist of the Year Award [NIH]
B. Survived a terrible case of a gangrenous finger [Esquire]
C. Dyslexic, hyperactive; you were accidentally hit by a car driven by your own client [New York Times]

6. Unlikely antagonist:
A. Andrew Sullivan [Andrew Sullivan]
B. Andrew Sullivan [Andrew Sullivan]
C. Mel Gibson [Defamer]

This is Zeke, a fancy cancer doctor or some such7. You’re invisible on GChat, but you still choose to IM:
A. Stuart Butler, to say something pithy [Campaign Stop]
B. George Stephanopoulos [New York Times]
C. Chris Albrecht, domestic abuser with a heart [Deadline Hollywood Daily]

8. Achilles heel:
A. Dearth of information about yourself on the Internet, rendering it difficult to compile a quiz based on your life [Google]
B. Interior decoration [New Yorker]
C. Season 4 of Entourage [The Big Picture]

9. To unwind, you:
A. Speak at the Aspen Institute [CSR Wire]
B. Call your rabbi [New Yorker]
C. Play racquetball [New York Times]

10. Ultimate goal:
A. Universal health care [PBS]
B. To be president of synagogue, America [New Yorker]
C. Getting front-paged on the Huffington Post [HuffPost]

Mostly As: Congratulations, you’re Zeke. You’re probably going to cure cancer one day. You’re a lot smarter than everyone else, ever, and you illustrate this by wearing a pair of intimidatingly thin-rimmed glasses.

Mostly Bs: You’re Rahm. You’re sassy and petulant and disrespectful—but are grounded by your commitment to Judaism — and now you’re working for the Obama White House. You’re Aaron’s Sorkin’s wet dream. Congratulations?

Mostly Cs: You’re Ari “Gold” Emanuel and you work in Hollywood, with movie stars. You may not be as smart as your older brothers, but you’re arguably better looking and certainly richer. For now, anyway.

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  1. I want to know more about how the Rahmanator was a ballet dancer. Seriously and for reals? Please someone tell me there are pics of him in a dance belt and tights, with a gorgeous protruding man mound….

  2. There are factual errors. For example:

    3. Pet peeve:
    A. Doctor-assisted suicide [Zeke]
    B. Tony Blair’s incompetence [Rahm]
    C. The belief that IQ and income are proportional [not Ari!]

    You’re looking at the NYT article from the 90’s, you’ll see that it says that Ari asserts that IQ and income are correlated.

    Zeke is annoyed by this and suggests that they are correlated inversely–he earns the least of them as a philosopher and a doctor, yet is the smartest, and so is annoyed by this. Less skimming, more reading sentences, Juli!

  3. [re=172427]ManchuCandidate[/re]: No shit. She also should get an honorary sainthood for putting up with the three motherfuckers (and her crazy-assed husband) for so long.

  4. Wow I’m a lot like Rahm Emanuel. Can this town handle TWO Angry Jewish Hippie Liberals??? Actually there’s about 20,000 of us in this town, Rahm just has the coolest job and, for now, name recognition.

  5. [re=172455]Texan Bulldoggette[/re]: Wait…that blog post directs here. That mean’s Our Wonkette is going to get an influx of mouth-breathers. Ready the truck nutz!

    Good work, Jules. Now that WALNUTS! is down for a nap and Our Wonkette is down to 5 posts a day, it’s good to know you’re working hard to feed the dragon. By which I mean, we the horrible commenters of Wonkette.

  6. So how many beds were in the house when they grew up? Or is this supposed to be one of those classic American tales about growing up in a one-room house with 1 bed and no electricity and an outhouse blah blah blah.

  7. Did Rahm toss the One Ring of Power into Mt. Doom to keep the Dark Lord (Cheney) from getting it? Did the miserable degraded halfling W bite off the finger at the very end before falling into the pit of fire (and emerging revitalized and 50 years younger, ready to eat a brace of coneys, as he calls small children)? Does Obama get crowned soon and herald in the Age of Men …

    Inquiring minds (with too much time on their hands) want to know!

  8. Kudos to Brown Menace for keeping the discussion accurate. I think we are dealing with your classic overachieving family in the case of the Emmanuels. I find it especially amusing that Ari is “Ari” on Entourage. Again we have this weird situation of Art imitating Reality vs Art as Reality. In other words, take out your camcorders and create art/history. (I’m half joking, of course; Art’s function is to interpret and edit history, including all the Art you and I do in our heads everyday.) History (including current events of course) provides the stuff for artists (in any media) to work with and so in our social networked environment – surrounded by all kinds of media – we are creating our own deconstructed environments more or less continuously. The interesting thing is that we are doing this anonymously through these spontaneous online communities. And in these communities dialogues form that “lurkers” participate passively in. It’s pretty powerful.

    Anyway back to the point: Rahm will be interesting as will this (upcoming) Administration.

  9. Cute–except Sarah Lawrence does have grades, and IS for the academically inclined, and is 30 minutes outside NYC which hardly qualifies as “the middle of nowhere.”

  10. [re=172518]Catatonic[/re]: Wow. Smart, illuminating discussion of art, reality and the internet community. Excuse me, but am I in the wrong wonkette?

  11. 11. Marx Brother with whom you share the most personality traits:

    A. Groucho
    B. Chico
    C. Zeppo

    “Harpo”® is a registered trademark of Harpo, Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. [re=172518]Catatonic[/re]: You do realize that you are posting this comment on a website that is known for buttsecks discussions and calls Joe Lieberman a virgin every chance they get, right?

    Keep the media and philosophy diatribe for discussion time at your Intro to Media course at Georgetown. Here on the internet we don’t take ourselves that seriously.

  13. [re=172483]sadderbutnowiser[/re]: That’s a much better story than the way it really happened. He sliced it off on a meat slicer at Arbys on prom night when he was a teen. Then, went swimming in Lake Michigan, developed an infection that nearly killed him, etc. I imagine that half finger has been shown to just about every member of the House as Rahm’s droll way of saying “g’bye”.

  14. [re=172498]S.Luggo[/re]: Sorry. Saint Zeke:
    There is no NIH Reputation Problem Bad Enough to Make Me Sell My Stock [- Zeke]
    Some Scientists Say New Ethics Rules May Damage NIH

    An NIH scientist who is a leader of the opposition to the new rules, Ezekiel [Zeke] Emanuel, says he was forced to sell stock valued at $140,000 last month, noting that he can’t own, for example, General Electric Co. shares because it has a medical-imaging division [devices are regulated by the FDA]. The tight rules apply “to my secretary, to the cleaning lady, to the electrician,” Dr. Emanuel says [raising his brother Rahm’s truncated finger]. “Rather than prevent conflict of interest, the rules take a meat cleaver” to outside activities and stock ownership, he adds. (Dr. Emanuel is the brother of Rahm Emanuel, a Democratic congressman from Illinois and former Clinton White House official.)
    Ethicist. Okay.
    Some might say that all the brothers are right bastards, but this is what makes the US of A. JMO.

  15. [re=172603]smellyal8r[/re]: I am so sorry to be a factasshole, but he did not slice any part of his finger off. He cut it working at Arby’s and then developed the infection you describe.

  16. [re=172456]GDTRFB[/re]: I’m not Jewish. Do I still have to take the quiz? Anyway, I’m probably more like Ari, only not so better looking, or knowing movie stars, or in Hollywood, or rich… kinda more like a mayonnaise salesman.

  17. Rahm’s sheared digit is the subconscious source of his anger in later life, an anger subsequently meted upon others because of their projected inability to grasp.
    Elementary. Yet, so sad.
    — S. Freud

  18. Macalaster is located in St. Paul. The Twin cities while they aren’t New York are fairly big. Not quite middle of nowhere. I went on a college visit and every singe other kid on the tour was a upper middle class white girl. It told me 2 things, 1) I was going to have to look off campus if I ever wanted to get laid in college 2) They have to bribe minorities to get the diversity they love to brad about. Ewwww.

  19. [re=172518]Catatonic[/re]: That was pretty good, you should stick around. And don’t worry, the funny will will wear off on you eventually. You’ll be a star.

  20. Okay can somebody please explain what is going on with me? I have been in estrous since this pick was announced. Rahm has completely overtaken my sexual fantasies. Help.

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