Obama opposes lobbyists? That’s just … cornpone!

posted at 12:45 pm on June 23, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

In his missive to supporters explaining why he was foregoing public financing for the general election, Barack Obama accused the Republicans of being “fueled” by lobbyists and special interests.  “Fueled” is an interesting choice of words, because as the New York Times reports, Obama’s up to his ears in the ethanol industry and has surrounded himself with lobbyists from it.  At a time when energy policy is more critical than ever, Obama has hitched his wagon to big corporate lobbyists from Archer Daniels Midland, among other agricultural players:

Nowadays, when Mr. Obama travels in farm country, he is sometimes accompanied by his friend Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader from South Dakota. Mr. Daschle now serves on the boards of three ethanol companies and works at a Washington law firm where, according to his online job description, “he spends a substantial amount of time providing strategic and policy advice to clients in renewable energy.”

Mr. Obama’s lead advisor on energy and environmental issues, Jason Grumet, came to the campaign from the National Commission on Energy Policy, a bipartisan initiative associated with Mr. Daschle and Bob Dole, the Kansas Republican who is also a former Senate majority leader and a big ethanol backer who had close ties to the agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland.

Not long after arriving in the Senate, Mr. Obama himself briefly provoked a controversy by flying at subsidized rates on corporate airplanes, including twice on jets owned by Archer Daniels Midland, which is the nation’s largest ethanol producer and is based in his home state.

Oh yes, those evil lobbyists against whom Obama has railed for months!  Well, except those who pamper and support Obama; those are the good-guy lobbyists.  Daschle tries to tap-dance his way through an explanation of how he doesn’t qualify as a lobbyist, despite his presence on the boards of three different ethanol companies and his work coordinating efforts between various activist groups on ethanol.

John McCain opposes ethanol subsidies, especially corn-based ethanol, and for good reason; it’s not terribly effective.  It only has two-thirds of the energy potential of gasoline, and cannot be transported as easily.  It has to be trucked everywehere instead of delivered through pipelines, which means it takes even more energy to deliver it to market for less potential energy release later.  Not only that, but ethanol subsidies have diverted corn from food supplies, forcing higher prices worldwide and causing more instance of starvation.

McCain wants to drop subsidies for corn ethanol and drop tariffs on cane-sugar ethanol.  While that still has the drawbacks of using up food supplies for transportation fuels, cane-sugar ethanol has four times more energy efficiency than corn ethanol.  If alternate-fuels backers want to be taken seriously, the cheaper and more efficient version of ethanol looks like a much better solution — and the tariffs on it and subsidies for corn two large impediments to it.  Obama keeps talking about innovation, but he supports blocking cane-sugar ethanol with tariffs and propping up corn ethanol with subsidies.

Of course, now we can understand why, given the lobbyists that permeate his campaign.  It’s an example of the hypocrisy of Obama’s rhetoric of homespun, populist reform.  It sounds great, but when one takes a look at Obama’s actions instead of his words, it turns out to be nothing but cornpone.


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That’s not a John Deere tractor in the background? Bad move!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 23, 2008 at 12:49 PM

“Hates lobbyists.” Loves contribution bundlers.

RBMN on June 23, 2008 at 12:58 PM

By LARRY ROHTER

should read

By LARRY ROHTER, racist, because I dared to challenge the Messiah.

Matticus Finch on June 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM

It’s okay for Obama to be surrounded by lobbyists. He is the truth and the light and impervious to outside influences. In fact, these lobbyists are made pure and ethical by their very association with the Hyde Park messiah.

Sugar Land on June 23, 2008 at 1:07 PM

(n) 1. A euphemism for another common farm product.

Thanks Ed, you knew we’d all be asking ‘Corn what’? I sure did! haha

Tony737 on June 23, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Talk about being too big for his britches. The MSM is perfectly willing to help him into office, if he would just tow the proper line. There seems to be a crack, that I suspect will grow…

Your Jewish Master on June 23, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Mr. Daschle now serves on the boards of three ethanol companies

So he’s one of the jerks who want to take food and burn it.

RushBaby on June 23, 2008 at 1:08 PM

That’s not a John Deere tractor in the background? Bad move!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 23, 2008 at 12:49 PM

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I think it is a Massey-Ferguson

Think_b4_speaking on June 23, 2008 at 1:11 PM

I’m waiting for B.O. to launch his next great initiative to breaking our dependency on evil oil, which he will introduce with a film of Fred Flintstone jumping into his foot powered car!

YABBA-DABBA-DOO!

pilamaye on June 23, 2008 at 1:11 PM

EM’s in the tank for BO. But that tank is an M1 Abraham baby!

ronsfi on June 23, 2008 at 1:12 PM

I thought AP reserved “cornpone” for all things Fred!

omnipotent on June 23, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Don’t you all know

it’s a new kind of politics

Obama lies about everything..all the time

And gets away with it!!

Like I said

A new kind of politics

galtg on June 23, 2008 at 1:16 PM

That’s not a John Deere tractor in the background? Bad move!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 23, 2008 at 12:49 PM

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I think it is a Massey-Ferguson

Think_b4_speaking on June 23, 2008 at 1:11 PM

I was thinking Farmall.

forest on June 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

As a huge fan of cornbread, all I can say is:

“Ed, how could you?”

: )

hillbillyjim on June 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

General Jubilation T. Cornpone, USA (Ret) will be Obama’s nomination to head the Joint Chiefs!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 23, 2008 at 1:22 PM

Cornpone is a form of cornbread. Common in the south. Don’t remember hearing it used a a euphonism for something else from a farm (scatilogical reference?)

Not surprising Obamessiah loves corn ethanol. It’s a heavily subsidized, pointless, inefficient and outright destructive program being pushed by the government, with lots of parasites hanging on and making big money. In other words, a perfect liberal government program.

iurockhead on June 23, 2008 at 1:26 PM

“I can no sooner disown my lobbyist cronies than my racist white grandmother.”

Chuck Schick on June 23, 2008 at 1:27 PM

(n) 1. A euphemism for another common farm product.

Would that farm product go by the initials B.S.? Very appropriate.

steveegg on June 23, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Yes I know! General Jublitation T. Cornpone was a Confederate General. But since the CSA is no longer PC, “old-toot-your-own-horn-pone” changed sides!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 23, 2008 at 1:28 PM

hillbillyjim on June 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

iurockhead on June 23, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Ed’s a northerner from the land of 10,000 lakes, 50,000 walleye and 1,000,000,000 mosquitoes, so give him a break :-)

Can’t say I’m a big fan of cornbread, but if somebody gave it to me, I’d eat it.

steveegg on June 23, 2008 at 1:29 PM

That’s not a John Deere tractor in the background? Bad move!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 23, 2008 at 12:49 PM

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I think it is a Massey-Ferguson

Think_b4_speaking on June 23, 2008 at 1:11 PM
I was thinking Farmall.

forest on June 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Allis Chalmers, maybe?

backwoods conservative on June 23, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I apologize to all lovers of cornbread. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on June 23, 2008 at 1:36 PM

And 1,000,000,000 mosquitoes was just my driveway last night ….

Ed Morrissey on June 23, 2008 at 1:37 PM

These are not the lobbyists you’re looking for.

Seixon on June 23, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Ed Morrissey on June 23, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Ed I have seen your misquitos.. they are small! But keep-em!

At least Alaskan Misquito’s (our un offcial state bird) you can hear from a mile away and RUN!

upinak on June 23, 2008 at 1:49 PM

I apologize to all lovers of cornbread. ;-)

Ed Morrissey on June 23, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Awww, ’twerent nuthin’ no-how.

The corn-ethanol subsidies are a huge folly and couldn’t have been timed any worse for the American consumer, already reeling from higher prices on food (and most consumer goods) due to fuel costs, not to mention the cost of fuel itself.

Not only does this impact fuel prices and the price of corn-based products, but affects the price of beef, poultry, and innumerable ripple-effect items.

When will someone in D.C. have the Malkins to stand against the tide of all of the PC environmental “cornpone” and fight this wrong-headed approach and expose it for the foolishness that it is?

(Not holding breath.)

hillbillyjim on June 23, 2008 at 1:54 PM

When will someone in D.C. have the Malkins to stand against the tide of all of the PC environmental “cornpone” and fight this wrong-headed approach and expose it for the foolishness that it is?

To answer my own question, probably never, as long as sanctimonious two-faced liars like Algore and Daschle are getting fat off of the global-warming fairy-tale.

hillbillyjim on June 23, 2008 at 2:03 PM

The Messiah speaks of the “old okie-doke”, and avoids any unfavorable reference to corn.
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Go ye and do likewise.

Right_of_Attila on June 23, 2008 at 2:07 PM

I was thinking Farmall.

forest on June 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM

You are correct, sir or ma’m. That is an International Harvester Model M. It was the main competitor to the John Deere 2 cylinder “johnnypopper” Model A back in the ’50s. I have my dad’s old superM, rewired for 12 volt, power steering, shiny new paint and brand new tires. Starts at the touch of the starter and purrs. The SuperM(bored out cylinders) would pull a three 16″ bottom plow. John Deere went to the 6 cylinder diesel in the ’60s and cleaned up market share.

a capella on June 23, 2008 at 2:44 PM

The corn-ethanol subsidies are a huge folly and couldn’t have been timed any worse for the American consumer, already reeling from higher prices on food (and most consumer goods) due to fuel costs, not to mention the cost of fuel itself.

The farm lobby knows how to protect itself from competition from foreign producers. Record corn prices do just that.

Wait, let me correct myself. Record corn prices AND leading contenders for the office of the President of the United States do just that.

gabriel sutherland on June 23, 2008 at 2:51 PM

“When will someone in D.C. have the Malkins to stand against the tide of all of the PC environmental “cornpone” and fight this wrong-headed approach and expose it for the foolishness that it is?”

That individual is John McCain.

Y’know, the guy routinely crucified in these forums for being insufficiently “conservative”.

But “conservatives” are looking for another messiah and unlike the left, they will not tolerate any straying from the reservation.

NoDonkey on June 23, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Every day some new disturbing fact about O! comes out. You think it can’t get any worse, and yet hardly a day goes by w/o some new, revolting factoid surfacing like a bubble of swamp gas from the primordial swamp.

JimK on June 23, 2008 at 3:28 PM

As Don Imus would say: “well there you go..now we know”

wepeople on June 23, 2008 at 4:08 PM

He`s such a damn fraud, I can`t BELIEVE he`s going to be our president!

ThePrez on June 23, 2008 at 4:09 PM

That’s not a John Deere tractor in the background? Bad move!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on June 23, 2008 at 12:49 PM

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I think it is a Massey-Ferguson

Think_b4_speaking on June 23, 2008 at 1:11 PM
I was thinking Farmall.

forest on June 23, 2008 at 1:17 PM
Allis Chalmers, maybe?

backwoods conservative on June 23, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Farmall is correct. Massey Ferguson has a wider front tire spread, and Allis Chalmers is orange, not red.

ss396 on June 23, 2008 at 9:39 PM

a capella on June 23, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Me-thinks it to be a Farmall “H”, not an “M”, too small. Learned to drive an “H” with no brakes when I was 7. Child labor was the key to success on our farm.

Spent a lot of hours on both, eating dust, and dreaming about school girls to pass the time.

cntrlfrk on June 24, 2008 at 12:27 PM