Last evening, the Firedoglake hosted another installment of their Sunday Book Salons, where John Anderson took questions online about his new book Follow the Money: How George W. Bush and the Texas Republicans Hog-Tied America, released earlier this fall. In the book Anderson gives an overview of the connections between elite Houston law firms, Karl Rove, Grover Norquist, Tom DeLay and his K Street Project to Jack Abramoff. I haven't read the book yet, but last night's discussions makes me want to.
As an Austin American-Statesman review states, Anderson used previously reported or exposed facts to retell this story. By following Deep Throat's advice, Anderson shows the overarching network that put George W. Bush in the White House, DeLay out of a job, Abramoff in prison, and the GOP in the minority.Continue reading
I haven't heard it mentioned much lately, but the online face of the K Street Project -- the Republican effort to make sure Washington's influence industry hired Republicans going through the revolving door -- is still active. Much as I find the project to be distasteful (although truth be told, I never thought that Republican heavies preventing Democrats from landing plum lobbying jobs rose to the level of a national crisis), I hope the Web site sticks around after the November elections. Where else can you find a compendium of job listings quite like this one?Continue reading
Franklin Foer over at The Plank pronounces that the K Street Project is headed the way of Tom DeLay. That is, down the elevator shaft. Foer provides an anecdote from his office building:
TNR shares its building with a lobbying outfit that was a prime cog in K Street Project machine. (Yes, our office space is that sweet.) This firm contains several of DeLay's ex- staffers. But apparently, their juice has dried up. Riding down in the elevator, I heard the firm's head kvetching about how DeLay's downfall had been bad for business. "We're hurting," he moaned. "The whole industry is hurting." Hopefully, the hurt has just begun.Continue reading