Carol Moseley Braun is in trouble for publicly busting out the kind of insult that Rahm Emanuel only uses in private.
During Sunday afternoon's debate at Trinity United Church of Christ -- Jeremiah Wright's old congregation -- Moseley Braun told Patricia Watkins, "the reason you didn't know where I was for the last 20 years, 'cause you were strung out on crack."
The crowd hooted. Soon after, Moseley Braun left the sanctuary, fleeing in her SUV.
Emanuel has called liberals "[bleeping] retards." He told a male staffer to "pull your [bleeping] tampons out." He once invited the entire Republican Party to "go [bleep]" itself. But he didn't utter any one these vulgarities in front of a TV camera. We only have printed accounts, which make far less of an impression than Moseley Braun screeching and pointing at Patricia Watkins. Despite his reputation for flying off the handle, Emanuel is unfailingly somber and low-key in public. Emanuel's insults are a strategy to intimidate opponents and underlings, not the result of emotional outbursts. He has the discipline Moseley Braun lacks.
Another reason Moseley Braun's outburst came off so badly was that it echoed media stereotypes of catfighting women.
Moseley Braun brought street language to the mayoral race, the kiss of death for a black candidate trying to win over white voters. But Moseley Braun unleashed her high-handed combination of entitlement and resentment at a fellow black woman who refused to step aside for the community's consensus candidate.
But Moseley Braun's outburst will really help Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel's latest radio ad features President Obama praising his performance as chief of staff. Blacks who abandon Moseley Braun will probably vote for Emanuel. All because he's smart enough to keep his mouth shut in front of a TV camera. -NBCChicago-