Top Leaderboard, Site wide
August 22, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Newsletter

sign up to get updates






American Catch


Truthdig Bazaar
Bob Dylan in America

Bob Dylan in America

By Sean Wilentz
$16.92

more items

 
Report

Two Jerks

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Jan 5, 2012
AP photos by Chis Carlson and Charlie Riedel

Although Mitt Romney, right, came out a few votes ahead, he and Rick Santorum practically tied in the Iowa caucuses.

By Bill Boyarsky

Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

The sanctimonious Romney earned a shot at the “worst” title through the efforts of his secretive super PAC, Restore Our Future, which blasted Newt Gingrich out of the caucus race with a wave of negative commercials of which Romney claimed no prior knowledge. No knowledge of a huge operation headed by former campaign aides and organized by a lawyer whose firm represents Bain Capital, the investment firm formerly headed by Romney? Hard to believe.

But I’d give the title to Santorum, an extreme right-wing conservative with a long record of close association with Washington lobbyists.

He is the media’s latest darling because of his finish and a postelection speech bragging about his late grandfather, a coal miner: “He ended up continuing to work in those mines until he was 72 years old, digging coal. I’ll never forget the first time I saw someone who had died. It was my grandfather. And I knelt next to his coffin. And all I could do—eye level—was look at his hands. They were enormous hands. And all I could think was those hands dug freedom for me.”

The political media, tending to be suckers for sentiment, loved the last six words. Some of the journalists and pundits felt the speech rocketed Santorum to potential presidential class.

Advertisement

Square, Site wide
It could be helpful in promoting the image Santorum is taking from Iowa into New Hampshire, site of the next contest, and then South Carolina and Florida. It is the image of a blue-collar Pennsylvania guy, a deeply religious Roman Catholic and, according to him, the only candidate who understands working people. The religious side helped him in Iowa. The picture he draws of his working-class roots will be emphasized in New Hampshire, where most people work in occupations such as manufacturing, transportation, education, information and health.

But Santorum’s image is far different from the reality.

Actually, the candidate was a favorite of high-priced and well-connected K Street lobbyists when he served in the Senate from 1995 until his defeat in 2006.

As reported by Nicholas Confessore in the Washington Monthly issue of July/August 2003, each Tuesday Santorum convened a group of lobbyists, all of them Republicans, to discuss putting Republicans into lobbying jobs that previously had been filled by members of both parties. This was the infamous K Street Project, named for the section of Washington that is home to the big lobbyists.

Confessore wrote, “The chief purpose of these gatherings is to discuss jobs—specifically, the top one or two positions at the biggest and most important industry trade associations and corporate offices. Santorum’s responsibility is to make sure each one is filled by a loyal Republican—a senator’s chief of staff, for instance, or a top White House aide, or another lobbyist whose reliability has been demonstrated. … The underlying theme was [to] place Republicans in key positions on K Street.

“ ‘Everybody taking part was a Republican and understood that that was the purpose of what we were doing,’ says Rod Chandler, a retired congressman and lobbyist who has participated in the Santorum meetings. ‘It’s been a very successful effort.’ ”

Juan Williams, then with National Public Radio, reported that Newt Gingrich launched the project when he became House speaker after the 1994 midterm elections. Williams said Gingrich sought to “harness the influence and money of K Street lobbyists to benefit the GOP leadership. He deputized then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay to make sure Republicans in the House were getting the winners’ share of campaign dollars from K Street and being well-represented on the staffs of major lobbying firms and trade associations. DeLay was joined by conservative movement activist Grover Norquist, former majority leader Dick Armey, … Santorum, the chair of the Senate Republican Conference, as well as others.” On a 2006 broadcast Williams said one supporter was Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who later served three years in prison after pleading guilty to corruption, fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion.

“He [Abramoff] played by the GOP leadership’s rules. He contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican members of Congress. He hired staff people from DeLay’s office and family,” Williams said.

After leaving the Senate, Santorum continued his association with lobbying organizations. NBC’s Domenico Montanaro reported last Nov. 16, for example, that Santorum earned $65,000 for legislative consulting from the American Continental Group, a governmental affairs and consulting firm, also known as lobbyists. These past and present associates could finance a campaign that would contrast sharply with the poor-mouth image of Santorum in the Iowa caucuses, riding around in a supporter’s truck.

There’s more to criticize in the Santorum record. He opposes gay marriage, saying marriage is a privilege, not a right. He opposes gays and lesbians being in the military. He equates gay sex with incest. He believes that states have the right to outlaw contraception. He has singled out blacks when talking of recipients of government aid. All this would please the conservatives whose support he is seeking.

What won’t please them is his association with his lobbyist pals and employers or the K Street Project. Nor will they like it if the Romney ad team links the project with Abramoff. That’s not the blue-collar image Santorum will try to portray in New Hampshire and then in the big contests in South Carolina and Florida.

But it’s probably the image that will be shown in the ads financed and produced by Mitt Romney’s deadly PAC, Restore Our Future. In the next few weeks, Restore Our Future will care more about destroying Rick Santorum’s future than “restoring” ours. Santorum, calling on old K Street friends for money, probably will reply in kind.

Mitt and Rick. They deserve each other.


New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Lafayette's avatar

By Lafayette, January 10, 2012 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

NEITHER EQUALLY NOR UNFAIRLY

EB: THEN things will get interesting.

Things ARE interesting.

The Ridiculous Right is showing its finest colours of Wealth and Class Hatred. That’s all they’ve got going for themselves, having lost leave of any sense of egalitarian fairness.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his soul”. 

America is a collective of individuals and families, not lone-riders seeking individual wealth for the pure pleasure of distinguishing oneself from the masses. The utility of an economy is to maximize the well-being of all of its members and not just a select few. Why?

Because we all contribute to a nation’s wealth not only by means of our labor necessary to produce goods/services but also our propensity to consume those goods/services.

So why should not Fairness be our primary objective in the sharing of the wealth created? Which sharing should be, of course, neither equally nor unfairly.

How many millionaires do you know made their riches on a deserted island?

Report this

By Inherit The Wind, January 8, 2012 at 6:31 am Link to this comment

As each “flavor of the week” rises and falls against Romney, Santorum may be the best friend he has.  How hard is it to run against a guy who has come out against legalized birth control FOR MARRIED COUPLES, wants ALL sex acts that aren’t coitus out-lawed, wants to bomb Iran, and openly calls the President “elitist” for wanting ALL Americans to have a college education?

As Tim Pawlenty said last night, Romney looked like the big leaguer against the little leaguers.

Now I think Romney is a tool, born-to-privilege guy who doesn’t know what it means to work for a paycheck just to pay the rent, or stand on an unemployment line, but there’s NOBODY in the GOP camp with one-tenth his brains who has a chance. Yeah, there’s Jon Huntsman who, as a brain, and as an experienced diplomat out-classes the whole field, easily, but Republican neanderthals detest him for exactly those reasons.  He’s smart, experienced, and proven capable.  No f’in’ WAY the GOP will nominate someone like THAT!

Report this

By John Poole, January 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

To Ted Whitney: Possible BUT! Obama will not be easily beaten. He gets to cook
the numbers up to November regarding jobs created and employment stats.
Maybe we’re in for a highly contested election. Obama won’t roll over like Gore.
I’ve decoupled from empire so it’s a moot contest for this non participant.

Report this
Egomet Bonmot's avatar

By Egomet Bonmot, January 7, 2012 at 12:25 am Link to this comment

The chattering class seems to miss a couple of crucial new points about this election:

1. As Romney and Santorum continue to tear each other down, Paul coasts along in his bubble of avuncular weirdness—no one outside his legions of followers takes him seriously.

2. Meanwhile the primaries and caucuses go ahead and, crucially, Paul’s astounding national ground game already has a number of caucus states sewn up—for instance Montana and Idaho, the latter of which has more delegates than Iowa, New Hampshire or Nevada.

3. Following Romney’s rout in the southern Super Tuesday states (you can take cracker religious bigotry to the bank), he’ll limp ahead to Tampa leading in the delegate count but damaged.  Paul, conversely, will show up with a second-place shitload of delegates, vocal audiences, some newly-bias-free media coverage and convention clout.  “What does Ron want?”  Fireworks done, he’ll concede the nomination.

3. Alas, polling will continue after the republican nomination.  When every American survey puts Romney at double digits behind Obama, and the Republican machine begins to implode, the popular support that fueled Paul’s rise will morph into demands for a third-party draft.  Embarrassingly, Paul will poll higher in a head-to-head race with Obama among assorted repubs, dems and independents than Romney.  THEN things will get interesting.

All that said, I’m voting Obama.

Report this

By Ted Whitney, January 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Republican votes will be split 3 ways between traditional conservatives, christian-
right-fascists, and libertarians.  No one had a majority (not even Romney!). 
Brokered convention drafts a “dark horse” candidate: Jeb Bush, the anointed
“savior” of the party.  Obama defeated.  Welcome to another Bush regime.  We live
on a sinking ship.

Report this

By purplewolf, January 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment

a lot fails to make sense in Ricks comments. The 1st deceased person he ever saw was his grandfather who was at least 72 or older. Hard to believe.Didn’t know that coal miners lasted that long as i had always believed that the black Lung disease got them before old age or coal mining accidents.

His grandfathers “those hands dug freedom for me”, and I will take those freedoms away from the rest of the people in the country is I am president. Yep, bet grand pappy would be real proud of you for that, not.

K Street-you mean the same K Street that subsides poor congress critters like John Ensign with affordable apartments because it cost them less than 1K per month to rent and we all know,congress critters are so poor they have to take bribes, who was religiously advised to dump his mistress,which he said he would, but didn’t? The same K Street that also advised the Governor Sanford of South Carolina ? The same K Street that has encouraged and funded the slaughter of gays in foreign countries? K Street of the weird religious cults practiced in the basement?

Give Santorum about a week to 10 days and he to shall be shot down by the very people who sing his praise right now. And for a good definition of his last name which Rick said for the public not to Google, did he think that was going to stop us, the Urban Dictionary has the best descriptive definitions for the word Santorum. Now cum, cum, Rick,are you trolling as it seems like you are with that request of what not to do.

Report this

By Inherit The Wind, January 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

Lee:

Christie, obviously moves like a hippo on land…but verbally he’s sharp and tart-tongued, and takes no prisoners.  Palin may be light on her pretty feet, but VERBALLY moves not like a hippo on land, but a drugged, confused hippo on land.

I think that unless Mitt is caught with a live boy or dead girl the nomination is his, and the election will go to Obama.  So, speculation about Mitt’s VP is reasonable.  I actually HOPE he picks Christie.
Christie will be out of NJ stumping for Romney so he won’t be doing any damage here.  If Romney should win, Christie’s gone permanently!  if he loses, well, we were rid of Christie for 9 months….

Report this
Arabian Sinbad's avatar

By Arabian Sinbad, January 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

Make that SEVEN JERKS!

6 REPUBLICAN JERKS + 1 DEMOCRATIC JERK = 7 JERKS

All vying to take Americans for the same usual ride!

Report this
Leefeller's avatar

By Leefeller, January 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

ITW;

Reality break for you and Tequila break for me!

Since the nation has been forced to endure and watch the Republicans idea of circle jerks and now that we may still be getting nowhere, ITW’s comment about Crusty becoming Mittens Vice President option and that Crusty is much quicker on his excessively large feats than Palin ever could be, is somewhat of an amusing concept to potentially envision and never hopefully behold, for now all we need to do is wait for dancing up up the stairs!

What a nightnag the Repulcians are!

Report this

By diman, January 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment

The title says it, thus no comments.

Report this

By 3am mystic, January 6, 2012 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Santorum praised his supporters whom he described as having a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other.

Just once I would like to hear one of them praise the meek and the peacemakers.  But they would probably be booed.

Report this

By felicity, January 6, 2012 at 1:04 pm Link to this comment

As it presently stands, we the people (if Republican)
are left to choose a theocracy ala-Santorum or fascism
ala Romney.  The Supremes, whose majority is comprised
of either those who choose a theocracy or those who
prefer a fascist state, has stuck Republicans with
these two enemies-of-democracy. The death-knell
signaling the end of our republic has been sounded.

Report this
oddsox's avatar

By oddsox, January 6, 2012 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

Arouete: “One thing is clear: a lot of moderate Republicans will be voting for Obama.”

fewer than voted for him in 2008.


SumWoman:
“People get the government they deserve.”
or as Adlai Stevenson put it:
“Your public servants serve you right.”

Layfayette re: Reich’s prediction of a Obama-Hillary ticket. 
Obama knows better than to place Hillary a heartbeat away from the Presidency when it’s HIS heartbeat. 
I enjoy reading and listening to Reich on economics, but when he let’s his partisan slip show, it’s not pretty.


Inherit the Wind re:  your comments regarding Romney’s choice for VP. 
(Are we getting ahead of ourselves? Probably not.)
Agree that Christie would be a geographic tactical blunder.  Santorum is a poor pick for the same reason. 
Huntsman is also a Morman, an all-LDS ticket would be suicide. 
Perry?  No way.
Bachmann too polarizing and blundering, though much brighter than Sarah Palin.
Rubio says he’s out.
Jindal might work, though.  The MSM will cast a harsh light on whomever is the VP pick, that’s a universal given. 
Who else is out there?

McFreeze re: hiring a lawyer. 
Go for it.  There are plenty of young, hungry, newly-minted attorneys out there.  I’m certain that some (perhaps many) have OWS sympathies.
One is a friend of mine who will visit later this month.  Can’t wait to talk with him about legal options for anti-trust action against the big banks.
I’ll try to stay with his legalese and accurately share his condenced opinions if I can.

Report this
oddsox's avatar

By oddsox, January 6, 2012 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

we need to eliminate PACs, as well as political contributions by corporations and unions.

But that won’t happen in time for November’s election. 

So Santorum now has his 15-minutes to enjoy while guys like Boyarsky (and Romney’s PACs?) gather stones to throw at him.
(sidebar: the only one who hasn’t had his turn yet is Huntsman.  Will New Hampshire make him flavor of the month for February?)

The end result, barring a still-possible Ron Paul Miracle, will be that Romney prevails and get’s the Republican nomination. 
(Newt can’t beat him.  Newt can’t stop him.)

http://open.salon.com/blog/oddsox/2011/12/31/12_predictions_for_2012

Report this

By heterochromatic, January 6, 2012 at 10:18 am Link to this comment

rmfreeze, of course, it’s not simple and it’s screwed-
up, but I’m merely trying to point out that the lack of
a simple and worthwhile solution., such as outlawing
lobbying,

Report this

By John Poole, January 6, 2012 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

To Lafayette: I too was guilty of assuming there was an actual American
“exceptionalism” but in a very different way than those who used such an elevated
self appraisal to exploit the less fortunate.  I would never fly an inverted stars and
stripes forever flag like Hank Deerfield did at the end of the film IN THE VALLEY OF
ELAH as a plea for someone to come and rescue America. It will be a long nasty
decline like Rome’s and we won’t and can’t rescue ourselves. Millions will look to
the sky for a sign of being “rescued”. Such is the monstrosity of having childish
religious views which doom this nation.

Report this
mrfreeze's avatar

By mrfreeze, January 6, 2012 at 8:27 am Link to this comment

heterochromatic -  “if OWS sends a delegation to DC and HIRES A LAWYER (?) who writes letters to…......”

If it were as simple as you describe….just go hire a lawyer…...(without the millions of $‘s of “free speech” behind him/her), your point would be well-taken. You know as well as I do that it doesn’t work that way. I recently hired an attorney to handle the probate for a relative…..thousands of dollars later, it was completed…..When it comes to big governmental stuff, I’m sure hiring a lawyer is only the 1st problem Americans (real people) have to approach their government.

Report this
Arabian Sinbad's avatar

By Arabian Sinbad, January 6, 2012 at 7:08 am Link to this comment

Watch this four-minute video and wonder about the Zionist savages whom American political jerks, including Obama, call their eternal allies!

Video link: http://youtu.be/QorJMPtz1Fw

Report this
Arabian Sinbad's avatar

By Arabian Sinbad, January 6, 2012 at 6:24 am Link to this comment

@Lafayette, January 5 at 10:45 pm

Thank you for your attempt to address my question! I surely learned something from your perspective.

As to your own question: “Why should America be different? Tell me it isn’t so ...!”

With due respect I think this question of yours is irrelevant since it compares apples with oranges. The Arab despotic political systems are what they have been for long years, hence the latest revolutions of the last year to change these systems.

But America, on the other hand, advertises itself, with a high degree of self-righteous bragging, as the ultimate bastion of democracy and enlightenment, whereas I believe that lobbying and lobbyists is a system contrary to the principles of democracy.

Report this

By Inherit The Wind, January 6, 2012 at 5:36 am Link to this comment

Santorum’s flame-out is just around the corner.  Already his active participation in the K-Street Project is coming back to bite him in the ass.  The TeaParty HATES the K-Street Project wing of the GOP and that’s now toxic.

So trying to paint himself as a TeaParty candidate will work even less effectively for Santorum than it will for Romney.

At this point, unless he TOTALLY screws up, Obama is a shoe-in.  More importantly, he needs to recover the House, which is likely, and keep the Senate, which will be harder.

If Romney’s really a dope (and he is) he’ll name Chris Christie of NJ as his VP.  This would be a terrible pick for him but a great one for Obama.  Christie probably cannot even deliver NJ, but may help deliver Pa.  It would be good for Christie, win or lose, because he’ll go out and stump and I suspect he’ll be far more formidable than Palin, being smarter, more articulate, and much, MUCH faster on his feet.  He’ll do better in debate against Biden.

But….he’s another NorthEastern Republican like Romney, with suspect “conservative” credentials, and not really liked outside his own party.  Dems in NJ don’t like or really respect him..no “grudging respect” here because he’s shown himself to be mean and incompetent, too many times.

Guessing at his other choices, I’d guess Romney might go for Marco Rubio of Florida, or Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.  From HIS perspective, they’d be better choices, though I don’t think Jindal will do well when the national spotlight hits him.

Report this
PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, January 6, 2012 at 4:43 am Link to this comment

Romney and Santorum, dumb and dumber.

Both religionists, war mongers and shills of Israel and the MIC and banking sectors which control this nations government.

These guys can’t kiss the ring fast enough.

In comparison to Ron Paul these candidates discussion of the issues are laughable.

Report this
Lafayette's avatar

By Lafayette, January 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm Link to this comment

A PROGRESSIVE MESSIAH

AS: ... the evil nature of lobbyists and lobbying,which I happened to believe is one of most grave defects of the American system, then why there is no popular movement working to abolish and outlaw this evil institution?!

The system is not meant to work that way. It just always has, since the 18th century, when Americans understood that LaLaLand on the Potomac could be a cash-cow for their own vested-interests.

America has always been fixated on commerce and industry because, quite obviously, these two endeavors generate its great wealth.

Why? Because a fundamental sense of egalitarian spirit is lacking. We were fixated upon Communism after WW2 and all cheered its demise, as if a great burden had been taken off our shoulders. Only to be replaced by al-Qaeda, our new bogeyman under the bed.

You may recall Orwell’s book “1984”, where the menace always lurked beyond the fictitious country’s borders. This fear has prompted wars since time immemorial and its currents run deep and strong.

We, the sheeple, might wake up one day. But not without an education in the egalitarian principles of Social Justice and Collective Fairness. For the latter to happen economically, rates of taxation must be put back to where they were before we voted Reckless Ronnie into the Oval Office who brought them tumbling down to the near insignificance they are today. (Clever plan, that one - and it worked.)

For those tax revenues to be put to work bettering the lives of All Americans and not just a select minority.

For Social Justice to capture our minds and hearts, particularly at the grassroots where it would count most, we need a Progressive Messiah. And that person is no where on our horizon.

MY POINT

As an Arabian Sinbad yourself, if you do indeed come from that peninsula, you should understand well how the concentration of financial power in the hands of a clan and what Salafist fundamentalism can do to ossify the development of a country towards democracy?

Why should America be different? Tell me it isn’t so ...

Report this
Lafayette's avatar

By Lafayette, January 5, 2012 at 11:23 pm Link to this comment

THE GRUESOME TWOSOME

Robert Reich (once Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor) predicts that Obama and Hilary will face off against Mitt and his Florida political dwarf.

As with McCain last time around, Santorum will be Romney’s Palin ... and downfall.

Which simply shows how berserk American politics can get on the Right. An Evangelical anti-gay, anti-abortionist, figurehead for the moneyed-class and a Venture Capitalist who gutted American companies in order to make megabucks.

Stop the world - I wanna get off.

POST SCRIPTUM

Mind you, some Americans are so dense as to vote for this Gruesome Twosome. I would not given them up for the walking dead just yet ...

Report this

By heterochromatic, January 5, 2012 at 11:15 pm Link to this comment

freeze~~~~ I posted a link, take a look at the definition of lobbyist .......


if OWS sends a delegation to DC and hires a lawyer who writes letters to the Dept
of Justice complaining that OWS has been treated unfairly and that NYC
regulations and actions are depriving OWS members of constitutionally-protected
rights, do you wish that activity to be illegal?

Report this
mrfreeze's avatar

By mrfreeze, January 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment

heterochromatic - “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Hmmmm….what exactly does a lobbyist (cash in hand) have to do with “grievances?” Since you seem to believe you have a handle on the legal concept here…..what exactly are they? Hmmmmmm….and what’s “equal protection under the law” if those with money (individuals, corps, etc.) are UNABLE to petition the Government with the same rigor as those with money?

I’m no legal scholar, but in the simple world of Mr Freeze, ALL lobbyists would find my cold hard foot up their collective ass.

Report this

By heterochromatic, January 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment

re lobbying .........  I think that this might explain why lobbying is not going to
be outlawed….....


  ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of
the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the
Government for a redress of grievances.”

that last part is kinda in the way of your approach.

correcting abuses, rather than some sweeping foolish ban, os more of what
Americans desire. We’re not all that desirous of outlawing political speech and
advocacy, because despite the perils, the danger from discarding our rights is
far worse.


anyone interested enough to do the reading might want to read a bit of the
LOBBYING DISCLOSURE ACT OF 1995


http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Lobbying/Lobby_Disclosure_Act/compilation
.pdf

Report this

By Fearless, January 5, 2012 at 8:48 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

One deeply closeted homosexual + one manikin with robotic capabilities = Two Jerks

Report this
Arabian Sinbad's avatar

By Arabian Sinbad, January 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

By gerard, January 5 at 1:59 pm

“Suggestion:  Find your local “Occupiers” and see what they are doing and help them do it.  If you find nothing going on that way, contact Public Citizen.org.”
======================================================
Thank you very much, gerard, for responding to my request. Rather than cursing darkness, we- concerned citizens, need to collectively work together to light candles that would conquer darkness!

Report this

By gerard, January 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

Arabian Sinbad:  Regarding your request: “I would like to read opinions about how to proceed with a corrective movement towards achieving this goal.”

Suggestion:  Find your local “Occupiers” and see what they are doing and help them do it.  If you find nothing going on that way, contact Public Citizen.org.

Report this
DonSchneider's avatar

By DonSchneider, January 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment

Ah ! So now we determine office worthiness by how many shills can be arranged
around a makeshift podium ! For sumwoman this is sufficient truthiness to propel
her “Pauli girl” to the nomination. I remember the article being about TWO JERKS ,
but I seem to remember seven jerks all at once in just a few days past !  How many
JERKS does it take to get this republican monkey off ?

Report this

By gerard, January 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment

Arabian Sinbad:  Try Googling “lobbying of Congress, criticisms of ... etc.” or something like that.  You should be able to find a summary easily.

Report this

By Arouete, January 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

A superb article. Thanks. And what perfect testimony do a carnival, circus dog and pony show that have become American politics. No one can dare question the insidious nature of the corporate owned media when every prime time channel and news outlet treats this stuff with serious discussion rather then the vapid travesty it is. I.Q, below a moronic 85 required. Not even a Reagan Republican can get excited about this shambles. All the tub-thumping billion dollar brouhaha gets one guy an 8 vote lead and one more does no better than he did 4 years ago.

I guess people are not REALLY as stupid as the 1% presume. One thing is clear: a lot of moderate Republicans will be voting for Obama.

Report this

By SumWoman, January 5, 2012 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

Leefeller: Your comment leaves no doubt about the veracity of the following statement. People get the government they deserve.

government sucks because you suck! by the punkpatriot
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dFGDs8zNGA

Report this
Leefeller's avatar

By Leefeller, January 5, 2012 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

SumWoman It is said Ron Paul had standing room only at his caucus meetings because they were meeting in an elevator, which apparently never made it to the top!

Report this

By SumWoman, January 5, 2012 at 9:33 am Link to this comment

so let me get this straight…

Ron Paul attracted 5 times more Iowans to his rallies than the other candidates combined…(standing room only)
Santorum couldn’t manage more than a few dozen at a time
Mitt got about 200 at any event, tops

On Caucus night, the thousands of Ron Paul supporters in Iowa who came out to the rallies, worked the phoned, gave cash support, made speeches, installed the signs, etc., for some odd reason decided to forgo the ONE MOST ESSENTIAL act required of any voter - that would be VOTING!
Do you really think that’s what happened?

Ambivalence is to corruption what MircleGro is to a plant.

I’d be happy if Americans could muster up even two ounces of outrage,
instead of repeating the same doleful mantra,
“all we need is a third party…all we need is a third party…all we need is a third party!”

Report this

By SarcastiCanuck, January 5, 2012 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

“Those hands dug freedom for me”...What a pile of bullshit.What did Soviet miners hands dig?Totalitarianism?...Soon as I here the words,‘freedom,gods will,exceptionalism,family values,decency,etc…,my phony antena goes up.These people are the worst liars of all.They use virtues that they seldom have to sell thier sorry asses to the voters.

Report this

By John Poole, January 5, 2012 at 9:20 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Santorum might get his tribe’s nod to run against whoever heads the democratic
tribe in 2012.  Americans consider the Middle East as hopelessly tribal and never
once see our two party adversarial system even more nefarious and harmful than
any Sunni, Shia conflict.

Report this

By bpawk, January 5, 2012 at 9:12 am Link to this comment

I don’t like the ad hominem attacks - stick to the facts. You say “Mitt and Rick. They deserve each other.” Well, I could say the same thing about Obama and Mitt - they deserve each other. They are very much the same politician where they say one thing and do another - they would work well together. Whether you like it or not, you set out a case for the importance of establishing another party - a real working/liberal (not elite) party (not unlike the NDP in Canada). You need to get Ralph Nader or someone to run on the Green ticket - it will take a long time to get all the signatures needed for the ballots not to mention the Dems will be bullying the third party candidate out of the debates like they did with Nader where they threatened to arrest him. But it can be done, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Don’t waste anymore time people.

Report this

By Dr Bones, January 5, 2012 at 8:59 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

Was Newt swift-boated or was it simply that people didn’t like his flawed past? I’m not against PACs telling the truth, it is when they lie, slander, that concerns me.

Report this
Arabian Sinbad's avatar

By Arabian Sinbad, January 5, 2012 at 8:56 am Link to this comment

Since this article emphasizes the evil nature of lobbyists and lobbying,which I happened to believe is one of most grave defects of the American system, then why there is no popular movement working to abolish and outlaw this evil institution?!

I would like to read opinions about how to proceed with a corrective movement towards achieving this goal.

Report this

By balkas, January 5, 2012 at 6:38 am Link to this comment

i evaluate the piece too anecdotal. so, i read very little of it. i also reject
propagation of the personality cult.
what i need to know, is what the onepercent say. knowing what the real
rulers of america say/think/doe is by far more important to me than
what any individual says or ‘promises’ to do! tnx

Report this
 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.

Like Truthdig on Facebook