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Rahm Emanuel’s sweet-talking skills are not to be underestimated.

I realized this once again after seeing him speak to the 200-plus people who showed up Monday evening for the monthly meeting of the 49th Ward Democratic organization. He was there at the behest of the organization’s leader, Alderman Joe Moore.

“The alderman, when I first got elected, invited me up here and I told him then I wanted a partnership,” Emanuel explained to the audience at the Loyola Park field house. “He’s brought ideas to my transition about a whole set of issues.”

I’m still not sure what “partnership” means, but these are interesting times. All Mayor Daley ever got from Moore was a red face and a case of the heebie jeebies.