Positively K Street

Speaking of Rick Santorum, I’d almost forgotten that Senator Man-On-Dog used to run the K Street Project, wherein the lobbying industry became something of an arm of the Republican party.

Ed Kilgore, filling in for Steve Benen, at Washington Monthly, points to this great article about the K Street Project. It’s definitely worth a read, and as Kilgore mentions, the kind of thing that’s worth funding. I just gave $100 to the Washington Monthly as part of my year-end charitable-giving (in the note, I asked them to stop publishing Gregg Easterbrook). I may give to Mother Jones too.

32 replies
  1. 1
    smintheus says:

    The K Street Project – a classic case of IOKIYAR.

  2. 2
    burnspbesq says:

    I got a solicitation from MoveOn last week. They need $ to cover operating expenses.

  3. 3
    MikeJ says:

    Senators and birds bought or sold on commission. I want a senator that’s gonna collect and clean my bath, return my cigarette, and, and give tobacco to my animals, and give my birds a commission.

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    David in NY says:


    solicitation from MoveOn last week

    Oh, that’s what that one probably said (can’t possibly read all the stuff I get). May have to shell out some political money — finished the charitable last week.

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    Zifnab says:

    I almost don’t even mind the K-Street project. It cut Democrats off from corporate money while converting the Republicans into helpless lobbyist addicts. The political equivalent hording all the drugs and shooting up directly into your eyeball.

    Honestly, I think Rick did everyone on the left a huge favor.

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    David in NY says:

    “Positively K Street” ???

    I don’t know. Below your usual performance.

    How about: “Just a Come-on from the Whores”?

  7. 7
    Schlemizel says:

    and yet there seems to be plenty of corporate money flowing to Dems & plenty of Dems bowing and scraping for the masters.

    I don’t think it worked out as well as Republicans hoped but it sure has done wonders for the 1%

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    Satanicpanic says:

    I can’t believe our corporate masters would trust a dunce like Santorum to run their project. Further evidence they’re not as smart as they’re made out to be.

  9. 9
    Joel says:

    @David in NY: Or, “No Hesitation, No Delay, You Come On Just Like Special K”

  10. 10
    Raven says:

    I know the reason
    That you talk behind my back
    I used to be among the crowd
    You’re in with

  11. 11
    wrb says:

    Just about the whole lyric works

    When you know as well as me
    You’d rather see me sodomized
    Why don’t you just come out once
    And scream it

  12. 12

    @wrb: Please tell me that “sodomized” part came out of your memory, not off a lyric site.

    Speaking of lyric sites, we all know how much lyric sites suck due to their aggressive advertising, right? Yet there’s a wikia project, LyricWiki, that not only has a good collection of most of the songs you’re likely to want, but being a wiki allows you to correct the ridiculous errors that abound on all lyric sites.

    Yet for some reason their Google ranking sucks crack. They never come up on the first page of results. >:(

  13. 13
    David in NY says:

    @Cris (without an H): “came out of your memory”

    Come on. This is Santorum we’re talking here — sodomize just fits the theme.

  14. 14
    wrb says:

    @Cris (without an H):

    came out of my empathy for Mr. Santorum.

    Should have worked a dog into it.

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    Mike Goetz says:

    When do we start to winnow out some of these people? I’m well and truly sick of them all.

    Iowa is going to be a six-car pileup around 15%. Who’s going to get out after that?

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    cmorenc says:

    @Mike Goetz:

    When do we start to winnow out some of these people? I’m well and truly sick of them all. Iowa is going to be a six-car pileup around 15%. Who’s going to get out after that?

    Mike: it’s important for the future good of the country to grit your teeth and endure the GOP presidential candidate demolition derby; the longer it lasts, the longer more of them manage to stay in it, the less likely the last clown standing will have any reasonable chance of winning in November. If you think you’re finding it repulsive to put up with all these toxic ass-clowns now, it’s nothing compared to the intensely nauseating experience it will be if you have to put up with one of them in the White House for four years.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Mike Goetz: Iowa(3rd), NH(10th), S Carolina(21st), Florida(31st).

    By the 31st most of the clowns should be history.

  18. 18

    @MikeJ: How many will make it to March “Super Tuesday” 6?

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    Mike Goetz says:


    It’s that fucking Pawlenty. He gets out too early and looks on wistfully from the sidelines at what might have been, and now all the rest of the no-hopers are going to hang on to the grim death of all dignity to make sure they don’t miss their shot.

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    PeakVT says:

    @MikeJ: The polling can’t keep up with the fickle Republican primary voters, but right now the three left standing will be Paul (IA), Romney (NH, FL) and Gingrich (SC).

  21. 21
    Mark S. says:

    @Mike Goetz:

    Most years, they drop like flies after New Hampshire, but this year might be different. The spot for America’s Next Top Non-Romney has rotated so many times in the past couple of weeks; there’s no reason it couldn’t land on a couple more people before it’s over.

  22. 22

    Ugh, this thing is going to come down to a protracted Mitt vs. Newt contest, isn’t it? I wonder if the sinking feeling this causes is what the GOP faithful were feeling when they watched Obama and Hillary duke it out for two months.

  23. 23
    dmsilev says:

    @Mark S.: I’m pretty sure that what we’ve been watching is actually the filming for Survivor: Republican Party. It all fits: the backstabbing, the strange alliances, the contortions to meet contrived challenges, the completely indelible food, everything.

  24. 24
    MikeJ says:

    @Mark S.: There much more reason to stay in this year too. Republican primaries have always been winner take all. This year they’re proportional until April Fool’s day.

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    Zifnab says:

    @PeakVT: Gingrich isn’t going to win South Carolina. Nikki Haley backed Romney. He’s the establishment candidate and the military industry complex (which dominates the state) loves him. Romney will take SC. It’s a done deal.

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    The Other Chuck says:

    Romney will be on the top of the pile after the 31st. Super Tuesday is going to be a walk for him. The rest of the establishment will fall in line.

  27. 27
    Mnemosyne says:


    This year they’re proportional until April Fool’s day.

    Just letting it stand as-is.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:


    Nikki Haley backed Romney. He’s the establishment candidate–

    Haley isn’t actually part of the SC GOP establishment; there are lots of good ol’ boy GOPeratives in the state who have scores to settle with her. Romney got 14.7% in SC in 2008; Fred fucking Thompson got 16% and dropped out that night. And gNoot was, you may remember, the congressman for Lockheed Martin in Marietta.

    I’ll take the other side of that “done deal.”

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    grandpa john says:

    @Zifnab: Living in SC I would have to somewhat disagree, one thing you forget, Mitt is mormon and SC is in the heart of the bible belt. There will be a lot of folks that won’t vote for him for that reason, I know because I go to church with some of them.

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    Bill Arnold says:


    There much more reason to stay in this year too. Republican primaries have always been winner take all. This year theyre proportional until April Fools day.

    Anyone care to suggest odds of a brokered convention? I’m thinking maybe a 30 percent chance. Mainly because there is a large part of the Republican population that doesn’t like Romney, due to various reasons including his religion and his dearth of charisma. Is 30 percent unrealistically high?

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    who, i ask, who? sincerely thinks rick santorum would be a good idea? even evangelicals must have a word in their language that means carpetbagger.i could see the professional lobbies, and peddlers of policy in search of a problem loving him financially, and anyone with corporate speech commissions to roll, seeing an opportunity.

    this is what a focus on the family endorsement yields? they have taken santorum and used it to paint a warning of the political clout, but even they cannot be serious.

    song wise.

    accidentally kelly street

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    dww44 says:

    @Satanicpanic: Based on personal experience and long time observation, I’d say the smarts among our Corporate CEO’s is about average. Problem is too many of them think that they are way smart.

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