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No Lobbyists need apply! Uh, nevermind ...
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, November 06, 2008

Politico is reporting that the "change" that Washington purportedly needs and was promised by Obama, i.e. lobbyists would not be welcome in his administration, is apparently not quite as stringent as one might have thought:
Despite campaign trail promises that special interests wouldn’t be a part of his administration, President-elect Barack Obama’s has sent signals to the lobbyists that they can get jobs with him.

The Obama policy, which appears to be evolving, would prevent lobbyists from taking administration jobs in the same areas they had advocated for in their private practices.

And, once leaving the administration, they would face a longer “cooling off” periods during which they could not lobby their former administrative colleagues.

But the overall message to the lobbying community appears to run counter to the Democratic senator’s campaign promise to keep special interest advocates at arms length.
So the influence peddlers wouldn't be able to work in a part of the administration where they peddled their influence in the last two years, but they're still welcome to apply in other areas.

Yeah, no residual inter-DC network to tap into if you do that, huh? No back-scratching possible in that scenario is there?

And it's a wonderful "outsider" approach to solving the problems of "special interest" Washington, isn't it?

"Just words!"
 
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Don’t worry, none of Obama’s supporters are going to notice this.
 
Written By: Samra
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You’re right there, Samra...

If the appointment of partisan hack Clinton admin retreads like Emannuel dind’t clue them that real change was off the table, you’re right... nothing would.
 
Written By: Bithead
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Don’t worry, none of Obama’s supporters are going to notice this.
Yeah, right Cpt Sarcastic?
 
Written By: capt joe
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Tsk tsk....so racist for pointing that out
 
Written By: shark
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You kids have no room to whine after your guys thoroughly fscked up the country.
 
Written By: TomD
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Which "guys" were those?

Still don’t know where you are, do you?
 
Written By: McQ
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You kids have no room to whine after your guys thoroughly fscked up the country.
Very interesting tactic. I wonder if this is an official talking point, or if it is springing up on its own? Also, I wonder what legs it will have. Will Obama supporters still be saying this around year three, admist whatever boondoggle Obama finds himself in?
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
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You kids have no room to whine after your guys thoroughly fscked up the country.


Ok, I can appreciate that you want your chance to fcuk it up as well or more, but can we have someone who doesn’t look at the presidency as an opportunity for loot and plunder?


 
Written By: capt joe
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Yep, it is that old mantra of change and hope.

We hope that four years goes quick, so we can change from Obama. Heck, Howdy Doody would be an improvement over him.
 
Written By: James Marsden
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Howdy Doody would be an improvement over him.
He’s got smaller ears than Obama, at any rate.
 
Written By: Ronnie Gipper
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"influence peddlers wouldn’t be able to work in a part of the administration where they peddled their influence in the last two years..."

Come on, people. Let’s get real! There will be absolutely no need for lobbyists, et al, when you are going to have a rubber-stamping, toady Congress to approve your whimsies. All that horse dung about McCain having been in office when deregulation on Wall Street was approved was used much more effectively on him than the utter silence the liberal media granted Biden’s and Obama’s ties to it. They were there with him, but I’m fairly sure Obama voted "present".
Yes, I voted Republican because Ross Perot was not on the ticket.
 
Written By: Mike Smith
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I’m going to wait and see who is actually hired, thanks. The "liberal media" is going to leak like a sieve over the next couple of weeks, nay months, with rumors planted by various kinds of self-interested and outright hostile parties, attempting to set expectations by fake "speaking for the Obama camp".
 
Written By: glasnost
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I’m going to wait and see who is actually hired, thanks.
Of course you are. So am I.

But the bottom line the door is open - contrary to the promise - isn’t it?
 
Written By: McQ
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He’s got smaller ears than Obama, at any rate.
And he can speak without a teleprompter. Also, he will have Rahm’s hand up his a$$ to do the talking for the nation.
 
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