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January 26, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

RICK AND GROVER....Rick Santorum is getting a little touchy about the K Street Project, isn't he? Apparently he blew up at a reporter who asked about it yesterday:

"I had absolutely nothing to do never met, never talked, never coordinated, never did anything with Grover Norquist and the quote K Street Project," Mr. Santorum said.

Really? All the way back in June 2002 Jim VandeHei reported that Norquist was busily assembling the data for the K Street Project and that Santorum was an eager accomplice:

Copies of the bulky dossier, being compiled by conservative activist Grover Norquist and other prominent Republican lobbyists....dubbed the "K Street Project"...has been expedited and expanded now that Republicans control the White House and federal agencies.

....Senate Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum (Pa.) last month hosted a private meeting in the Capitol, during which Norquist asked a group of about two dozen lobbyists and staffers to help complete the project, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

And here's what the Philadelphia Inquirer reported a couple of months later about Santorum's biweekly breakfast meetings with the K Street elite:

Grover Norquist, a conservative activist, has appeared before the group and sought help with an effort to push lobbying firms and trade associations to hire more Republicans.

The so-called K-Street Project got the attention of the Senate Ethics Committee, which is concerned that the project could be used to deny access to Democrats.

"He [Santorum] has gotten me in to talk to all those guys," Norquist said.

It's funny that Santorum has suddenly forgotten all about his pal Norquist, isn't it? I think I detect a whiff of panic in the air.

Democrats would be wise to keep banging on this. After all, "K Street Project" has sort of a sinister ring to it, doesn't it? I can see the grainy black-and-white ads in my mind's eye already....

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****Democrats would be wise to keep banging on this.****


there words are easy to find....


"We don't want non-ideological people on K Street, we want conservative activist Republicans on K Street." - Grover Norquist June-2005


"The K Street project is purely to make sure we have qualified applicants for positions that are in town. From my perspective, it's a good government thing." - GOP Sen. Rick Santorum NOV-2005

"Well, I don't know what you mean by Senate liaison to the, quote, 'K Street Project.' I'm not aware of any Senate liaison job that I do for the K Street Project." - - GOP Sen. Rick Santorum JAN-2006


Posted by: thisspaceavailable on January 26, 2006 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Let's hope the Democratic leadership actually DOES try to get some mileage out of this.

Unfortunately, if history is any guide, what they will do is make some bland noises, issue yet another "Me Too!" proclamation, and then slink back into the shadows because Republicans made harsh sounds in their direction.

Posted by: Derelict on January 26, 2006 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

Grover Norquist, a conservative activist, has appeared before the group and sought help with an effort to push lobbying firms and trade associations to hire more Republicans.

The so-called K-Street Project got the attention of the Senate Ethics Committee, which is concerned that the project could be used to deny access to Democrats.

Sorry I don't see what's wrong with the K-Street Project. Republicans are more competent than Democrats at understanding what's good for business and the economy so of course it's better to hire a Republican than a Democrat. This was simply a attempt to get private businesses to hire more competent people to work at their jobs and therefore make government work better for the people. Who could be against that?

Posted by: Al on January 26, 2006 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

You can almost hear all these Republican lawmakers praying for natural disaster. Anything to move the spotlight off them...

Posted by: rusrus on January 26, 2006 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK

The voters in Pennsylvania will return Santorum to office for another six years regardless of how corrupt the man is, because they love to fuck dogs.

Posted by: Hostile on January 26, 2006 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK


say....


which gop administration conducted ethics refresher courses again?


Posted by: thisspaceavailable on January 26, 2006 at 2:34 PM | PERMALINK

Republicans are more competent than Democrats at understanding what's good for business and the economy...

Just look at where we are now? Good one, Al!

Posted by: rusrus on January 26, 2006 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

But it is soooo scaaaaary to actually stand up to the Big Bad GOP!

Posted by: Gore/Obama '08 on January 26, 2006 at 2:35 PM | PERMALINK

I call this implausible deniability.

Posted by: John Isbell on January 26, 2006 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Al, you are so fact-a-licious! Yes, the vast majority of Americans are just dying to overturn Roe! Just like by far the vast majority of Bush's tax cuts went to the people at the bottom.

God, it must be so nice to have no brain.

Posted by: Gore/Obama '08 on January 26, 2006 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

***Sorry I don't see what's wrong with the K-Street Project. ****


why did they stop, then?

Republican lawmakers yesterday (1/25/05) ended their long practice of routinely summoning lobbyists to the Capitol to try to persuade them to hire their aides and colleagues, in the wake of the Jack Abramoff political corruption scandal.

GOP lawmakers for years have regularly presented lists of job openings on K Street to lobbyists to encourage them to hire Republicans over Democrats. The program is a remnant of the K Street Project once championed by Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) as a way to coerce trade associations and companies to hire Republicans as their top lobbyists and to warn firms that hired Democrats that they would not be welcome.

[...]

While lobbyists and others could still obtain the information elsewhere, the change removes the formal involvement of lawmakers from the process and any implied encouragement by them to transform K Street into a Republican bastion.

In addition, the decision could provide a public relations benefit to Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.),

the conference head and the person who has long chaired the lobbyist meetings.


He is facing a tough reelection fight this year that has been made even tougher by Democratic accusations that he is too close to lobbyists and the GOP's K Street jobs operation.


Posted by: thisspaceavailable on January 26, 2006 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

It's really pretty simple:

1. Jack Abramoff looks like a gangster. Who needs pictures of Abramoff with Bush when you have this:

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/01/06/wbABRAMOFF_narrowweb__300x354,0.jpg

2. Jack Abramoff was president of College Republicans, member of Bush's 2001 Transition Team, and a major fundraiser ("pioneer") for Bush-Cheney 2004.

3. Jack Abramoff is--beyond any reasonable doubt--a GOP gangster.

4. Jack Abramoff is prison bound--nine+ years with time off for good behavior--sent there by a Republican Justice Department which would have liked to look the other way but couldn't stand the stench of multiple felonies.

5. K Street was Abramoff first, last and sideways--a GOP racketeering enterprise that involved NO Democrats.

Santorum has to lie. Even if he loses the election--which he will--he doesn't want to go to jail.

Posted by: Steve High on January 26, 2006 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

Another nail in his coffin for the next election.

Why lie when the truth is easy to find?
And does he really think his opposition won't use his lies to cream him?

What a moron.

Posted by: lilybart on January 26, 2006 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK


lilybart....exactly....


gop wins are a sign that the gop has total contempt for their voters...

don't respect them enough to come with even a good lie...

if dead enders had any self esteem.....they could see that....

Posted by: thisspaceavailable on January 26, 2006 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

Hey Al -

If the K Street Project is such a good idea, then why is Santorum trying to distance himself from it now?

Why doesn't he make the same argument you do? Isn't it "just good government?"

Shouldn't he be shouting it from the rooftops?

Posted by: Tom De Late on January 26, 2006 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

Democrats are welcome to bang away, so long as they don't just throw out a few "bad apples" while worshipping the poisoned tree.

Posted by: Jon Karak on January 26, 2006 at 2:46 PM | PERMALINK

OT: choicepoint gets $10M fine from FTC

good. too bad it wasn't $100M

Posted by: cleek on January 26, 2006 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

Why not do something meaningful and send Bob Casey $25.00?

Posted by: ELR on January 26, 2006 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

I think Harry Ried just apologized for Santorum's comments.

Posted by: brewmn on January 26, 2006 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

Why not do something meaningful and send Bob Casey $25.00?


Or do something rrreally meaningful and send that 25 dolares to Chuck Pennacchio.

Pennacchio ees a progressive Dem who, unlike the wankerrr Casey, has NOT endorsed Judge Alito to be justice een the corte supremo.

so.

Posted by: El Gato Negro! on January 26, 2006 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

Looks like Santorum has Norquist's santorum all over his back. No wonder he's pissed.
.

Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on January 26, 2006 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

I think Harry Ried just apologized for Santorum's comments.

... right before calling it for Schmidt.
.

Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on January 26, 2006 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

Doing a Lexis/Nexis search on Sanatorum and Norquist, I found an editorial from 1999 that mentioned them working together:

INTELLIGENCER JOURNAL (LANCASTER, PA.)
August 27, 1999, Friday
SECTION: EDITORIAL, Pg. A-8, IN OUR VIEW
LENGTH: 322 words
HEADLINE: Incumbent's edge;
The election is a year away but the 'issue ads' have already begun to air


Here's the relevant bit:
"This time, it is the conservatives who have taken the offensive by unleashing a series of issue ads featuring Pennsylvania junior senator Rick Santorum. The ads are being funded by a conservative tax group that supports Santorum's policies.

This year's ads are sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform, a Virginia-based conservative tax group. Grover Norquist, who runs the group, has said he intends to air about $4.5 million in issue ads through Labor Day. The commercials are running in states where Republican incumbents are believed to be vulnerable. "

Posted by: Me on January 26, 2006 at 3:55 PM | PERMALINK

It depends on what the definition of the letter "K" is.

-

Posted by: Volvo Liberal on January 26, 2006 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Always remember the man's correct title is "George W. Bush Pioneer Jack Abramoff"

Posted by: on January 26, 2006 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

Wow. The Al troll is even more Republican than Santorum. Scary.

Posted by: commie atheist on January 26, 2006 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

re santorum: How come so many Bible thumpers end up being such prolific liars?

Guess "immorality" isn't limited to the unwashed heathens after all, is it?

Posted by: Bob on January 26, 2006 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

It's not a lie if you believe it

Posted by: cq on January 26, 2006 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Here in PA, Santorum was running ads a couple of months ago depicting him as the savior of Social Security. No shit. The man has NO shame. Certainly not a member of the reality-based community.

Posted by: Noam Sane on January 26, 2006 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

caption for that Abramoff photo:

Woke up this mornin' / And I bought myself administration

Posted by: Bob on January 26, 2006 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

doh!

Woke up this mornin' / And I bought myself an administration

- aw, not that the meter's right anyway

Posted by: Bob on January 26, 2006 at 4:22 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Santorum: I did not have relations with that lobbyist, Grover Norquist.

Posted by: Joel Rubinstein on January 26, 2006 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

Well yeah, except if you try explaining what the K Street Project is to actual voters, they're going to get all fuzzy-headed on you and start tuning out. I'd keep it simple, and just harp on corruption in general. Roaches of all kinds don't like the light, whether they're in Sugar Land or K Street.

Posted by: Alexander Wolfe on January 26, 2006 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

What's Santorum so upset about? After all, it's not like someone asked him about his fondness for man-on-dog sex....

Posted by: Stefan on January 26, 2006 at 6:15 PM | PERMALINK

It will be nice to have an anti-abortion Democratic Senator from Pennsylvania.

And Lynn Swann as Republican Governor of the same state.

Kinda topsy-turvy in the Keystone State, I'd say.

Posted by: Birkel on January 26, 2006 at 6:27 PM | PERMALINK

Who cares when the alternative is Casey who supports Alito?

Posted by: janinsanfran on January 26, 2006 at 7:02 PM | PERMALINK

I care, Jan, and so should you. Because there's something called a "majority" in Congress and whether you think the D shares your brand of politics, he will still count toward 51. Let's lay aside the Ralph Nader bullshit about everyone being the same, kay? We certainly know better than that now, don't we?

Posted by: Pat on January 26, 2006 at 7:31 PM | PERMALINK

"Sorry I don't see what's wrong with the K-Street Project."

This is one of those first sentences that makes you look down, see Al's name there, and go on to the next post.

This country is going down the tubes. We desperately need science, technology, industry, manufacturing, medicine, and education, and we are steadily farming that stuff out and replacing it with an economy built on trade deficits, put options, asset bubbles, and paid trolls.

Posted by: MillionthMonkey on January 26, 2006 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

and paid trolls.

Posted by: MillionthMonkey on January 26, 2006 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

And when you want to outsource that, I'm here and volunteering for experience. How do you get paid?

Posted by: McA on January 27, 2006 at 1:50 AM | PERMALINK

At times the actions of the Rethugs remind me of roaches when the light goes on - Run!

Come to think on it the are like roaches -- gross looking, hard to kill, useless, and full of germs.

And what a bitch karma can be that Delay's sleeze will destroy Rethugs like him just like he used to destroy real roaches.

Posted by: CJ in Wisconsin on January 27, 2006 at 2:48 AM | PERMALINK

Unfortunately, if history is any guide, what they will do is make some bland noises, issue yet another "Me Too!" proclamation, and then slink back into the shadows because Republicans made harsh sounds in their direction.

Posted by: danny on January 27, 2006 at 11:12 AM | PERMALINK

With cockroaches (and Republicans), it's not what they eat or carry off - it's what they fall into and **** up.

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