Thursday, September 18, 2008

Palin: "Lobby Is My Hobby and I'm Givin' It up!"

Sarah Palin can't talk right now -
she's got a foot in her mouth.

Sarah Palin's relationship with lobbyists died today. In her effort to look like a "Maverick for Change" she practically called lobbyists the scum of the earth. Good thing her campaign manager, Rick Davis, didn't hear her - or pretended not to hear. When questioned by Sean Hannity (speaking of scum) about “relationships between political donations from Fannie and Freddie Mac and the bankruptcy.” Palin switched gears and laid some of the blame on the Jack Abramoffs of Washington:
PALIN: I think that’s significant, but even more significant is the role that the lobbyists play in an issue like this also. And in that cronyism — it’s symptomatic of the greater problem that we see right now in Washington and that is just that acceptance of the status quo.

(From The Politico, July 20)

Davis headed the Homeownership Alliance, a lobbying association that included Fannie, Freddie, nonprofit groups, real estate agents, homebuilders and consumer advocates. … [The group] worked to oppose congressional efforts to tighten controls on Fannie and Freddie.

Will she be able to talk to Rick Davis about her views? Sure. Like most lobbyists (or former lobbyists), Davis is a master at spin control. How he's going to do it, I'm not sure, but if he ever wants to see Washington on either side of the fence, he'll make her remark look profound, but inoffensive.

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