Reid: Lobbyists are people, too

posted at 6:45 pm on January 20, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

As the Who once said, “Meet the new boss — same as the old boss.”  Old Hope and Change: Lobbyists are evil.  New Hope and Change: Lobbyists are mommies and daddies, too.  Harry Reid promises that lobbyists will find welcoming arms in the new Obama administration, and certainly from the Democratic Congress:

In his historic speech Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama said the era of “protecting narrow interests” is over – an echo of his campaign promise that lobbyists and special interests would lose their clout in his White House. But lobbyists still have defenders in Washington D.C., including one of Obama’s most powerful allies, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada).

Reid invited top lobbyists to join him and his supporters for an inaugural brunch Monday where he told ABC News that he will still do plenty of business with them.

“And there’s nothing wrong with that,” said Reid. “And Obama will be meeting with them too.” When asked to clarify his remarks, given Obama’s promises to change that part of Capitol culture, Reid responded that lobbyists are part and parcel of the job.

“People should understand that lobbyists, per se, are someone’s father, mother, son, daughter,” said Reid. “They work for a living.” The Democratic leader’s sons and a son-in-law have worked as lobbyists.

I’ve written on several occasions that the fetish against lobbyists is not just hypocritical, but essentially stupid.  The First Amendment specifically protects the right of citizens to petition Congress, and lobbyists make it possible to do that in an organized fashion.  For a party that has sold itself out to the unions to the extent that they’re willing to strip workers of the right to a secret ballot in organizing elections, such opposition to the organizing of citizen action practically screams hypocrisy.

Given all that screeching during the last two election cycles, though, the sudden discovery of the inner humanity of lobbyists seems just a wee bit self-serving.  Now that the Democrats control all of the levers of power, they want to cash in on their fortune.  What happened to cleaning up politics and changing the way business gets done in DC?

Hope and Change, baby…


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Harry Reid promises that lobbyists will find welcoming arms in the new Obama administration, and certainly from the Democratic Congress:

I thought they already lived in Harry’s house…

AUINSC on January 20, 2009 at 6:46 PM

No change here, move along folks…

kirkill on January 20, 2009 at 6:47 PM

…and now the true FEAR begins …..

Chimp 6 on January 20, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Glad to hear from the Gambino’s errand boy, I’m always interested in what the Organized Crime Community has to say.

WORST Senate Majority EVER!

NoDonkey on January 20, 2009 at 6:48 PM

One day — and it may not come in our lifetime — one day Obama will give a speech that is not called “historic.”

Jim Treacher on January 20, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Harry Reid – you better shape up. Obama is going to use you as the bad cop and you aren’t even going to know it. The new president is in full-blown campaign mode and getting in bed with you and your policies ensures that there will never be a second term for him. Pay attention to your approval ratings – they are in the toilet and will probably stay there. React accordingly or go back on your meds.

sherry on January 20, 2009 at 6:49 PM

“People should understand that lobbyists, per se, are someone’s father, mother, son, daughter,” said Reid. “They work for a living.” The Democratic leader’s sons and a son-in-law have worked as lobbyists.

Harry’s right. It’s a family business. Ask Daschle. That is what politics is. Get elected. Do the deals. Make you and your family rich. Screw the taxpayers.

Term limits, anyone?

Cody1991 on January 20, 2009 at 6:50 PM

“……….. screams hypocrisy.”

OK……………

……………

” HHHHHYYYYPPPPOOOOOCCCCCRRRRIIISSSYYYY!!!”

Seven Percent Solution on January 20, 2009 at 6:52 PM

One day — and it may not come in our lifetime — one day Obama will give a speech that is not called “historic.”

Jim Treacher on January 20, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Wow. You must have taken some serious stuff to get through the day. :))

Cody1991 on January 20, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Everything old is new again.

rplat on January 20, 2009 at 6:54 PM

He loses in two years and becomes a croupier in Vegas

flyoverland on January 20, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Now that the Democrats control all of the levers of power, they want to cash in on their fortune. What happened to cleaning up politics and changing the way business gets done in DC?

I want a complete list of the names of all the morons who ever took that b——t seriously.

gryphon202 on January 20, 2009 at 6:59 PM

said Reid. “They work for a living.”

So do whores.

Wethal on January 20, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Every Dem is a nut, but this Reid guy is in a parallel universe.

I can’t fathom how he gets elected. He must be in the mob’s pocket.

notagool on January 20, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Well Reid is a slimy SOB. I can’t wait to hear about the Dem’s Jack Abramoff in the next two years.

Anyway, history has been made today.

U.S. Stocks Slide in Dow Average’s Worst Inauguration Day Drop

Good luck Barry you’re going to need it.

Lance Murdock on January 20, 2009 at 7:06 PM

There is an opportunity here.

rob verdi on January 20, 2009 at 7:06 PM

You must have taken some serious stuff to get through the day. :))

Nothing but the Off switch on the TV.

Jim Treacher on January 20, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Lance Murdock
The Democrat Abramoff is David Rubin and CDR Financial Products. Just worse.

rob verdi on January 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Just more of that good ol’ Democratic “nuance”. You know, where you talk out of both sides of your mouth.

GarandFan on January 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Lobbyists are bad…lobbyists are bad…

awwww….Poor Lobbyists…

Oh my bad….Lobbyists are good.

funsutton on January 20, 2009 at 7:09 PM

Just more incentive to throw these jerks out in 2010.
Reid and Schumer are both up in 2010. Time to send ‘em home permanently.
Conservative Comeback in 2010!

Iblis on January 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM

President Barack Obama said the era of “protecting narrow interests” is over

Not according to the Dems’ “stimulus plan” it’s not:

Mostly, Democrats took their wish lists, called them “stimulus”, and look set to inflict them on the American people in badly done drag.

Rae on January 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Po-TUS Obama
America the best
Bush goes to jail now

Trust in Obama
All your worries gone forever
Bush goes to jail now

Barack is dreamy
Sorry Iraq we leave soon
Bush goes to jail now

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/281415.php

Mr. Joe on January 20, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Hire the handicapped; they’re fun to watch.

BobMbx on January 20, 2009 at 7:13 PM

rob verdi on January 20, 2009 at 7:08 PM

I see, well I can’t wait to see Kieth’s Special Kommet on the this evil fascist lobbyist…oh wait.

Lance Murdock on January 20, 2009 at 7:16 PM

I don’t see a future for Dirty Harry Reid.

/After all, he doesn’t answer to Obama. Right?

Key West Reader on January 20, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Wethal on January 20, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Beat me to it, and your’s is better than what I had.

+1

Hog Wild on January 20, 2009 at 7:29 PM

No surprise given the slut Mr. Reid is…

krl on January 20, 2009 at 7:30 PM

I look at the picture of Obama, Reid and Pelosi and my only thought is that we are in for the most corrupt and incompetent governance in the history of our nation.

trigon on January 20, 2009 at 7:38 PM

The First Amendment specifically protects the right of citizens to petition Congress, and lobbyists make it possible to do that in an organized fashion.

Sheesh, Ed, did Osama Obama personally oversee your conversion? This is one of the weirdest statements I’ve seen in, well, one heckuva long time.

You got that “organized fashion” bit right. If you have millions — or tens of millions — of bucks lying around with which to bribe influence the corrupted swine is D.C., then lobbyists are your boys. Or girls.

But when the average citizen attempts to exercise the same right, they’re lucky if they get a computer-generated form email.

I’d be happy to take a chance on screwing up some Constitutional right to get at least one level of corruption out of our “democratic” process, particularly if dumping lobbyists was combined with some rule requiring our lords and masters servants in Congress to talk to their constituents.

I know such stalwarts as Reid and Pelosi would hate that. They actually might have to come up with some answers, and might have to take actions that actually help people without getting a friendly little spiff for it.

MrScribbler on January 20, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Allowing unfettered access by lobbyists is foolish…it is a way to “launder” money.
Limit access, limit money, limit any post elected official access…it just breeds the same thing that uncontrolled hookers, or uncontrolled “gentlemen clubs” create…it is a nesting place for illegal activities.

right2bright on January 20, 2009 at 7:48 PM

All Reid has to do is look above his tag here and he will see the reason…now you can see why I don’t believe him!!

sharinlite on January 20, 2009 at 8:05 PM

They’re not only people, most of them are family.

MarkTheGreat on January 20, 2009 at 8:23 PM

Think about this, Obama owes somebody, well a bunch of somebodies, 700 million dollars for his campaign. Lots of those people who donated such a sum will now be demanding favors and support for special contracts and projects. Reid is all for that as long as he gets his donors their share as well.

Look at the stimupork bills. You will see these gross spending bills, with trillion dollar deficits, for the next 4 years. It´s payback time for the donors.

Reid made his fortune on corrupt land and development speculation supported by government projects. Obama made his career by kicking opponents off of the ballot and a seedy opening of his opponent´s divorce records by the press.

Nothing will change.

Multibucket on January 20, 2009 at 8:27 PM

I keep telling myself, at least the U.S. politicians are not as corrupt as they are in most other countries.

Johan Klaus on January 20, 2009 at 8:35 PM

I SWEAR we’ve somehow enetered into an unaired episode of Twilight Zone!

44Magnum on January 20, 2009 at 8:40 PM

Obama made his career by kicking opponents off of the ballot and a seedy opening of his opponent´s divorce records by the press.

Nothing will change.

Multibucket on January 20, 2009 at 8:27 PM

It should be clear to everyone that BO’s presidency is all about BO. He owes a bunch of favors, for sure, but he doesn’t give a damn about this country, the Constitution, you, me or anyone.

He’s a puppet who will go the Billy Jeff way, i.e. serve a term or two and then become a power broker for sleazy deals with shaky countries. Why do you think Hillary is SoS?

If some American citizens and military personnel end up dead, it’s no problem for BO. Same for Billy Jeff.

Cody1991 on January 20, 2009 at 8:48 PM

“People should understand that lobbyists, per se, are someone’s father, mother, son, daughter,” said Reid. “They work for a living.” The Democratic leader’s sons and a son-in-law have worked as lobbyists.</blockquote>

Which proves they aren’t human beings.

drjohn on January 20, 2009 at 9:02 PM

Given all that screeching during the last two election cycles, though, the sudden discovery of the inner humanity of lobbyists seems just a wee bit self-serving.

The hypocrisy is mind-boggling…

The gall of the left knows no bounds

RocketmanBob on January 20, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Of course lobbyists are people and the biggest lobby is the terrorist/communist/rougue state lobby known as the UN. They get all sorts of money from the US.

cobrakai99 on January 20, 2009 at 9:59 PM

The liberals and their friends in the press are so happy in their Presidential victory that they don’t even try to hide their corrupt and hypocritical policies.

Watching Reid,Nancy,and their liberal following of sheep continue to lie and spin away any credibility as their Paparazzi President is just sworn in is giving me confidence for real “Hope and Change” in 2010.
Change in democratic seats in Congress changing right back over to Republican as the democrats and their bogus agenda built on lies and propaganda starts to blow up around them.

Baxter Greene on January 20, 2009 at 10:02 PM

These two questions must be answered in the next four to six months: To what degree does the Congressional Democratic Leadership believe it owns Obama? To what degree is it right–or wrong?

njcommuter on January 20, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Reid: Lobbyists are people, too

Wackadoo, wackadoo, wackadoo.

So it wasn’t just me! I thought Kids Are People Too was just a fever dream. That I didn’t really see what I saw waiting for Bugs Bunny to come on.

Can I be relieved and disturbed at the same time?

rihar on January 21, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Harry is just trying to say something nice about his and the other senators families.

Amazed on January 21, 2009 at 8:40 AM