How do certain people rise to positions of power in direct contradiction to their appearance? I mean there are various folks in this world who look like they were sent from central casting to play "Petty Clerk" or "Nazi Officer" or (in the case of Charles Schumer) "Brain-Devouring Alien From Planet Zoltar".
Rahm Emanuel isn't an elected official, so it's not like he had to charm the voters, yet elected officials with supposedly higher-than-room-temperature IQs and expensive diplomas apparently look at this guy and trust him. How you can trust anyone who is obviously perfectly formed by nature to fit the ecological niche of "Man on your TV at three AM promising to get you the best settlement for your back injury" is beyond me. Seriously, Rahm's got a mug that only the guy selling ad space on the back cover of the phone book could love and yet he's had the ear of not one, but two Presidents, neither of which had slipped and fallen in a grocery store recently.