Sarah Palin Hates the Media and Lobbyists SO MUCH!

. . . er, well. . . maybe not so much. . .

The LA Times is reporting that Sarah Palin met with lobbyists for oil and natural gas companies all the time but never with environmentalists, native groups or anyone else that might have gotten in the way of making money off Alaska’s natural resources.  And oh, yeah: she used to bake cookies for journalists and call them on their birthdays.

At the risk of sounding like I support Sarah Palin, I think it only natural that a state like Alaska be a little corrupted by money.  After all, if it weren’t for all the monied interests down here in the Lower 49 greedily gobbling up their resources, Alaska would be a big, frozen welfare state.  But don’t lie about it.


The Appearance of Impropriety


By the way, check out Andrea Mitchell’s hair.  Whoo.  And it’s funny that she reported on this story and now acts like she doesn’t even remember it.  And let me direct you to my post of a few days ago.  Watching this video, keep in mind that the only thing John McCain wanted to fix was what got him into trouble, not the basic dirty dealing of the scandal.  And also keep in mind that, despite having self-flaggelated on the lobbyists and campaign money front for the public’s amusement, he’s still got active lobbyists in his campaign.


McCain Rubbing Lobbiest Buddies the Wrong Way

John McCain’s lobbyist purge has caused some hurt feelings among those people in the lobbying business, especially those who stayed with him at the NoTell Motels in February when we were all discussing a Mitt Romney candidacy. Not only are they angered by the fact that they’ve been thrown under the bus to shore up McCain’s “reformer” cred in the face of a likely Obama campaign, but apparently, they’re very insulted by the notion that they’re all bad guys.

Yeah, you read that right. I mean, I know for sure that not everybody who lobbies the government is a bad guy – I’ve done a bit of lobbying for CMCE, myself – but anyone who identifies themselves a professional lobbyist should probably be prepared for the criticism. This sentence is, for me, the take away sentence gigglefest of the whole article:

Lobbyists: This is our thanks? – Jeanne Cummings –

“The McCain folks seem confused. They’ve created an issue for Obama, and it strikes me as mindless politics to start eating your own like this. Not every lobbyist is Jack Abramoff,” said one Republican operative who requested anonymity to speak frankly.

We’re not all bad guys, but just to be safe, put this on deep background, please.

On a more serious note, you do have to wonder how a bus load of lobbyists on the McCain Straight Talk Express could not have been prepared for this eventuality. How could this not have come up in discussion, or did it get followed up by some kind of promise McCain has reneged on?