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Here’s Bill Ayres denouncing “guilt by association” – of him “the militant faction of the peace movement”

Note how, while saying “palling around with terrorists was “racist”, all the facts about Obama starting his political career in his living room are confirmed. Now it can be told – and a new book is peddled.

On the other hand, we find out that people interviewing for Washington jobs have to disclose everything

such as

“Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the president-elect.” The answer could duplicate the response to Question 8: “Briefly describe the most controversial matters you have been involved with during the course of your career.”

I suppose non-Messiah people have to go by different rules. Where Mesiah doesn’t even need to show a birth certificate, they have to expose their personal diaries

They amount to loyalty oaths and further make highly improbable those Hillary rumors

Back in July , as Obama was uninviting Max Cleland from one of his events for being a lobbyist, one of his associates was already writing K street:

“Should ‘CHANGE’ occur in November as polls indicate, we should see a lot of people from Illinois moving to Washington, D.C., and taking key spots in an Obama administration. Now is the time to anticipate these changes.”

“We will be in Washington, D.C., August 4, 5, and 6, and we’re interested in scheduling a meeting…

That, and Reid’s courting K street was pretty much the extent of the coverage of this.

To be sure, there was first some tweaking back in 2007 (from “no job” to “won’t run and drown)

“They are not going to run my White House,” Obama said in New Hampton. “And they won’t drown out the voices of the American people.”

then some”softening”

President-elect Barack Obama, who vowed during his campaign that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House,” said through a spokesman yesterday that he would allow lobbyists on his transition team as long as they work on issues unrelated to their earlier jobs.

Today’s Washington Post article is as ambiguous as it can muster using the “cold paragraph, warm paragraph” technique I have learned to wade through. The first paragraph has it both:

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.

A mini-boom, they say! How sweet of them to put a smiley face on corruption! And with all that talk of Wall Street and Main Street collapsing isn’t it reassuring to know that some streets are booming?

The article goes to great length to make us believe things are different, even as it quotes lobbyists who say the opposite, and occasionally allowing revelations such as

And who is cashing in on this boom? Democrats who supported Obama, such as Jaime R. Harrison.

and then more revelations

“Barack Obama campaigned on change. Well, change is good for the lobbying business,” said Ed Rogers, who was an aide to President Ronald Reagan and whose firm has represented such clients as Citigroup, Pfizer and Raytheon. “People will need the expertise and guidance more in the next year than they have in the last five.”

And while I don’t see ol’Dan Shamon who was setting up meetings back in July  mentioned by name, the article ends with a whopper of a scoop:

But 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.

I bet he doesn’t. And this finally sheds light on this prior paragraph

“I built a lot of strong relationships with members, as well as their staff, and some of my very best friends worked on the campaign,” Harrison said. He will start with the Podesta Group next week.

So much for the grand promises of ethics. Can Max Cleland come in now?

let’s hear that original promise again – the one that his media plastered everywhere, beating his opponents with it:

During his campaign, Obama declared: “I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race. I don’t take a dime of their money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.”

“His White House”

It seems that Obama’s campaign and its media are playing nasty games again.

I don’t know if it’s because of this poll or just the natural petty vindictiveness we got accustomed to, but once again expectations are fed

Two Obama advisers have told NBC News that Sen. Hillary Clinton is under consideration to be secretary of state. She was seen taking a flight to Chicago today, though an aide claimed it was for “personal business.”

The Washington Post hears the same chatter and notes the pick “would go a long way toward healing any remaining divisions within the Democratic Party after the divisive primaries.

So, I can only expect another 3 PM event where Kerry, Richardson or other loyal Penis American will be announced as a surprise while the heaters get to chuckle again at Hillary’s expense (you have to admit, all Palin all the time gets boring – some diversity is needed in the misogyny diet.

I for one never wished, hoped or believed the hype about the VP consideration. I feel the same now.

And it just occurred to me: it may be a loyalty test as well: be pleased, you’re out kinda deal. So, applicants, fire at will!

And if I am proven right, there will be no doubt left about Ji.jr’s character – or lack of it

Also, people celebrating should remember this context

Not Your Sweetie

November 2008