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  •  Did they think that? (1+ / 0-)
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    If Foley stayed through 2008, it would "enhance his effectiveness as a lbbyist" ??

    What did those guys think they could do for a lobbyist after 2009?

    Do they really think -- did Foley really think -- that they would be in power after the next presidential election?

    •  Arrogance has a way of obscuring reality nm (1+ / 0-)
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      Government exists to do the things that the private sector can't or won't do but should. (econ -9.13/social -5.28) IMPEACH

      by viriginia liberal on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 09:33:11 AM PDT

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    •  They planned on having a 30-year (1+ / 0-)
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      legislative majority.  Ridiculous, I know, but they thought they had this thing on lockdown:

      "For a short time in Washington [after 1995], there was this perception that... the invaders would be thrown out and the Democrats would be back in control. Now people have the sense that Republicans will control either the House or Senate for some time," says former Rep. Scott Klug (R) of Wisconsin, now with a Washington law firm.

      And majority or not, they have used thuggish tactics combined with their legislative majority to completely take over K Street, and muscle industry groups to hire mostly GOP lobbyists:

      Most of the recent new hires in the lobby shops along the K Street corridor, and especially the top ones, have been Republicans, many from the Bush administration and Capitol Hill.


      So they really could make Foley's prospects on K Street dim if they so chose.  It wasn't an idle threat, and Foley knew it.

      •  Not sustainable (1+ / 0-)
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        The weird thing is that nothing they did was sustainable.  I've heard about the 30 year reign thing too, but it seems more like a hit and run operation.

        •  Seriously (1+ / 0-)
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          they built a house of cards on quicksand.  The self-delusion is striking.  But I don't know, I've said before that with the GOP, it's every person for him or herself.  Perhaps some might have had reservations about the prospects of a permanent majority, and each merely resolved to ensure that they personally would be getting something, regardless of the GOP's long-term prospects.  But this level of corruption is almost unreal.

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