Obama on Corruption.
I don't want to insinuate that Barack Obama reads Hog, but you have to say that his comments today on Meet the Press sounded an awful lot like the advice I offered last week. Listen:
The specific problem of inviting lobbyists in who have bundled huge sums of money to write legislation, having the oil and gas company companies come in to write energy legislation, having drug companies come in and write the Medicare prescription drug bill—which we now see is not working for our seniors—those are very particular problems of this administration and this Congress. And I think Jack Abramoff and the [K Street]* Project, that whole thing is a very particular Republican sin.Of course, when I say I don't want to insinuate that he reads the Hog, what I mean to say is that, strong evidence to the contrary, I do want to make the insinuation. Hey, you never know.
MR. RUSSERT: No sin for the Democrats?
SEN. OBAMA: Well, with respect to how Tom DeLay consolidated power in the House of Representatives, invited lobbyists like Abramoff in to help write legislation, leveraging those lobbyists and telling them that they can only hire Republicans, manipulating the rules of the House and the Senate in order to move forward legislation that was helpful to special interests.
*In the rush transcript, this was rendered as "Case Freak" Project. Hmmm.