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May 25, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

LOBBYING REFORM....Last week I linked to a couple of reports suggesting that lobbying reform was having trouble getting traction among congressional Democrats. Turns out it was much ado about nothing. The bundling provision, which was the most important part of the package, passed yesterday by a vote of 382-37. It's not perfect, but it's not bad, either. Good work, Democrats.

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So, it passed by a very large margin. Were Pelosi and Hoyer still on vacation in their scared rabbit holes?

Posted by: thethirdPaul on May 25, 2007 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

From the reporting on the bill, it was really a lot closer than that behind the scenes, which is where people tried to kill or water down the meaningful provisions. The margin was so wide on the actual vote because few people are willing to oppose a bill like that in broad daylight. That's all.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist (formerly RT) on May 25, 2007 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

Is it surprising so many Republicans voted for it?

Posted by: Boronx on May 25, 2007 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Great. Next step strict enforcement. (yea, I know, it still has to become law blah, blah, blah)

Yawn

"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Posted by: daCascadian on May 25, 2007 at 6:30 PM | PERMALINK

Representative John Boehner is probably privately crying now--as cozy as he has been
with the K Street lobbyists.
I guarantee ethics reform was the last thing Republicans wanted to pass.

Posted by: consider wisely on May 26, 2007 at 12:54 AM | PERMALINK

I noted last week that the reports quoted were unsubstantiated, primarily sourced from from a single anonymous vested-interest source & were, as such, neither particularly credible or reliable. Since the story seemed to confirm the current meme about "spineless, unprincipled Democrats", it was nonetheless given a credence it never deserved.

Whether or not a "news" story confirms or appeals to our prejudices, it should be judged by the same objective standards & with the same scepticism as reports that challenge our beliefs. In this post-Judy Miller/ Chalabi/Curveball world, journalism based on anonymous, unsubstantiated vested-interest sources should be treated by news consumers as inherently dubious, even those stories we're predisposed to believe.

Shorter DJO: Told ya so nyeah, nyeah :)

Posted by: DanJoaquinOz on May 26, 2007 at 1:31 AM | PERMALINK

Six whole comments on this thread. A pretty accurate indication of the public's interest in this topic. And an explanation for why nothing ever really gets done.

Posted by: Pat on May 26, 2007 at 10:06 AM | PERMALINK

I think the paucity of comments is more likely due to skepticism.

Frankly, I think that if it passed this overwhelmingly it's probably got no teeth at all.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on May 26, 2007 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

consider wisely,
By party, the vote was Ds: 202-21 Rs:180-16
Most Republicans (who aren't politicians or using lobbyists) are somewhat outraged that this kind of bill was needed at all. Which probably has something to do with why they aren't in power at the moment. Just to go out on a limb, my guess is that most Democrats (who aren't politicians or using lobbyists) also don't like the idea of government-by-lobbyist.
Pat,
Holiday weekend just means no one much cares today through Monday. Tuesday, expect people to start caring again.

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