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Forget What Obama Said About Lobbyists

From an understanding Washington Post:

Democrats Benefiting From Post-Election Lobby Boom

By Matthew Mosk
Friday, November 14, 2008; Page A01

Barack Obama spent much of his presidential campaign decrying the influence of Washington lobbyists. In the 10 days since he was elected, he already has had an impact: He has touched off a mini-boom on K Street.

Top lobbying firms are gearing up to handle increased demand from corporate clients who fear that the Obama administration will expand its regulatory reach and target them for tax increases. Some firms, such as Patton Boggs, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and Alston & Bird, are also preparing for new business resulting from the ongoing effort to stabilize the economy.

And who is cashing in on this boom? Democrats who supported Obama…

The shadow transition on K Street really began two years ago, when Democrats won control of Congress…

Laura Sheehan, who recently became vice president of marketing and communications for the American Gas Association, had been policy director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and a top aide to Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.).

“After the last election, when the House flipped, I got three to four serious job inquiries on election night just because of my party background,” she said. She did not take any of those positions, but said the phenomenon has been compounded this year.

“In this climate, Democratic backgrounds are attractive to people,” Sheehan said. “This town, that’s what it runs on.” …

[A]lmost from the start of his campaign, Obama made clear that he would not be slamming the door on interactions with lobbyists. In a December 2007 speech in Iowa, he said he was “running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won’t work in my White House.” But the candidate quickly backed away from that second part. A few days later in Waterloo, Iowa, he changed the phrasing to say that lobbyists “are not going to dominate my White House.”

Steve Elmendorf, a former top adviser to former House minority leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.), said that he understands why Obama took that approach, but that he does not believe lobbyists will be turned away…

Elmendorf is one of several who foresee a boon for the industry. A new Democratic administration and an increasing Democratic tilt in Congress means more activist government, he said. “That means businesses will have the potential for more things to happen to them. If they think that’s coming, they will be hiring people to figure out how to contend with that.” …

Tony Podesta, John Podesta’s brother and a top Democratic lobbyist, said the party’s expanding ranks are not going to force him to curtail his work. “I’m not studying for the priesthood or thinking of opening a doughnut shop,” he said.

Indeed, we should start a new category of news articles.

“Forget what Obama said about [fill in the blank].”

Something tells us this is going to be a common refrain for the next eight years.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Forget What Obama Said About Lobbyists”

  1. proreason says:

    L’etat, c’est moi. Obamy, November, 2008

  2. Ravenwood says:

    Why limit it to eight years? Term limits are racist.

  3. Steve says:

    “Why limit it to eight years? Term limits are racist.”

    You’re right.

    And besides, BHO is the new FDR.

  4. Anonymoose says:

    I see the following for the four year Obamastration:

    First 100 days: Some initial rolling back of presidential orders and Bush policies to appease the liberals. Keeping a wide berth of the real hot issues like abortion, guns, and religion.

    First six months: The honeymoon ends as things don’t get better, Obama struggles to figure out what to do, and terrorist threats start to rise.

    First year: Obama is now in a position like Bill Clinton, propped up by the Democrats and MSM as people start doubting The One.

    Second year: Obama starts letting go of the Clinton Cronies and hiring his “own” people to show he really is The Master. Scandals start coming out of the closet, his presidency is no longer taken seriously, and his power player backers start distancing themselves. Congress, if not doing a flip like in 1994, at least balances out again.

    Third year: Things start to fall apart, and Obama pounces on any liberal cause and ideology to make his mark in history and show he’s still somebody. Michelle (if not already) will have gotten into at least one fight and caused two international incidents. Obama’s former buddies start talking, and suddenly the public is seeing him for what he was the whole time, a talking head with a swelled ego.

    Fourth year: The shadow of Jimmy Carter looms large as Obama faces an unpopular election and the historical footnote of “What the hell where they thinking……”

  5. wardmama4 says:

    Part of me worries that B. Hussein Obama will make Hitler look like a weekend in the park. However, the rest of me sees Annonymoose as probably dead on – with the way his ‘staff’ (whom, never forget, he controls 24/7/365) backtracks as the masses rise up with anger at his dictatorial mandates, he won’t have the Master of the Universe position locked up any time soon.

    Add to all the Obamabots disappointed that their check (for working for him stuffing the ballot boxes) aren’t in the mail, he is hemming and hawing about the next tax cut, stimulus, or heck even call it a Mother’s Day check which we all know won’t be arriving after they add another couple of trillion to the debt – remember we all have to ‘sacrifice’ for the ‘good of the collective hive select special interest groups’.

    The Dems might think as they have the WH, Senate and House locked up that they can do what they damn well please – but even among those 53% – not all of them are going to be content to wait, to sacrifice or to put up with some of B. Hussein Obama’s ‘change’ – most especially when it appears to be the same old, same old.

    Which only makes things worse and hasn’t solved a damn problem in 60 years. Talk about doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.

  6. Professor_Repulso says:

    Obama win triggers run on guns

    Buyers said to fear crackdown on their rights, civil unrest

    “‘We’ve had a lot of people concerned because our president-elect is extremely anti-gun and so is his running mate,’ said Jerry Bricco, owner of 1st Class Firearms in north suburban Zion. ‘They’re afraid of future gun bans and what you will be allowed to get.'”


  7. texaspsue says:

    “And besides, BHO is the new FDR.”

    Look how well that era turned out, not to mention the length of time American had to endure his Presidency. That’s a really depressing thought SG.

    I can’t believe BO is picking the same ole cast of characters. Yeah change…..back to the Clinton Administration.

    (I haven’t been able to view many websites, much less make any comments lately. My computer has been on the fritz and keeps crashing. I’ve been battling Trojans and adwares. :-) Has anyone else been experiencing computer problems? Just curious??)

  8. sheehanjihad says:

    Tex….find and download Spybot search and destroy….and Lavasoft’s Adaware. both are free and both are excellent in ridding your computer of obama’s…er, I mean malware and trojans. Use both because one catches anything the other misses for whatever reason. Then, stop using internet explorer if you can…firefox will eliminate almost all of the problems you are experiencing, except for an Obama administration.

  9. Professor_Repulso says:

    And then, there was Iowahawk:
    “It’s also heartening to realize that as president Mr. Obama will soon be working hand-in-hand with a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard like Senator Robert Byrd to craft the incoherent and destructive programs that will plunge the American economy into a nightmare of full-blown sustained depression. As Vice President-Elect Joe Biden has repeatedly warned, there will be difficult times ahead and the programs will not always be popular, or even sane. But as we look out over the wreckage of bankrupt coal companies, nationalized banks, and hyperinflation, we can always look back with sustained pride on the great National Reconciliation of 2008. Call me an optimist, but I like to think when America’s breadlines erupt into riots it will be because of our shared starvation, not the differences in our color.”


  10. sheehanjihad says:

    Thank a lib!

  11. 1sttofight says:

    Do you know anything about the Linux OS?

  12. paulswigert says:

    Everyone needs to be aware of the fact that BHO with the help of congress can eliminate term limits for the President and become our new Emperor. I hope not, but what makes anybody think he is going to “RULE” from the center.

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