I read this after reading John Jeremiah Sullivan's essay on Rafinesque and Aubodon in Pulphead, which comes after the one on his Tea Party march ("American Grotesque") with his gazillionaire lobbyist cousin. He ends the essay with these words which I'd like to share because a) I can and b) it echoes Rahm's sentiments:
"I have to get back," [his cousin] said. "This is headed for a showdown on the floor next month. Now's when we go to work. Lots of breakfasts, lots of office sweep-throughs. A senator was predicting 'holy war.'
"The circumstaces and fortunes of men and families" said [Benjamin] Franklin, "are continually changing."
I hoped for my cousin to fail, and wished him luck.
(Sullivan p. 183, Pulphead)