Emanuel and 3 Pals Never Miss Their Morning Calls

Emanuel, Carville, Begala, Stephanopoulos talk every day
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Jan 27, 2009 10:26 AM CST

(Newser) – Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel may have his hands full these days, but not too full to touch base every single morning with three longtime pals: James Carville, George Stephanopoulos, and Paul Begala, reports Politico. The four Dems never skip the chance to trade information and gossip, often in shorthand, often as early as 6am. “I refer to it as the 17-year-long conference call,” says Emanuel. “You can tap into it anytime you want.”

“They talk like they are girls,” says Carville’s wife, Mary Matalin. “The conversations start in the middle and they end in the middle.” All four are veterans of Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, and have been in and out of power since. They’ve become so reliant on each other for advice and information that if Emanuel is tied up he will call just to shout: “I can’t talk right now!”