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”