Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Nader on Obama: Lobbying we can believe in

From Ralph Nader (via Third Party Watch):

But Obama is now head of the Democratic Party, and the Democrats convention in Denver is inviting corporate donors to become ’sponsors’ of the convention, promising executives a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to rub shoulders with Democratic senators, members of Congress, and governors. According to The New York Times of June 7, donors who give $1 million or more are given access to all hospitality suites and private events, providing what one public interest group called, ’special access to federal elected officials [and] national party leaders.’

Perhaps fearing that some corporate officials might be as dense as the proverbial piano player at the whorehouse who claimed not to know what was going on upstairs, a brochure from the host committee proclaims that ‘this is a rare opportunity to play a leadership role in a substantive discussion on timely issues affecting your industry with . . . elected officials and members of the media.’

This is, of course, only news if (A) you've been running as the candidate for change who does not take PAC money; and (B) is facing a significant defection among staunch Clinton loyalists.

Just remember, all of you out there already selecting Michelle's inauguration dress, that there are 4 1/2 months to go until the general election. 4 1/2 months ago, Senator Hillary Clinton was still the Democratic front-runner and people were still wondering exactly how John McCain came back from the dead to bypass all the other GOPers.

And because the MSM really liked what the Barack-Hillary slugfest did for its ratings, even though the current narrative supports Senator Obama, they'll be more than willing to drop it for really good, juicy stuff.

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