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The GOP meetings with lobbyists will be televised

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Do you want to watch Republicans discuss their agenda behind closed doors with what Dems inisist is a secretive cabal of powerful lobbyists? Well, you are going to get to do just that: Republicans have agreed to open up an upcoming meeting with lobbyists to the public, via live streaming!

As you may have heard, Republicans took a hammering from Dems and liberal bloggers earlier this week when the news broke that House Republicans had invited lobbyists from large trade groups to discuss new GOP ideas as part of the GOP's America Speaking Out series.

The invite from House Republicans described the affair as an effort "to produce a new policy agenda with a small group of trade association leaders," including reps from the Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Dems blased the news as proof the GOP lets corporate lobbyists write its agenda. The DNC mocked it as "Lobbyists Speaking Out."

Now Republicans have responded: They are going to live stream the whole affair to prove to you that there's nothing amiss. Brendan Buck, a spokesman for America Speaking Out, says this will show it's nothing more than a discussion about job creation.

"If the DNC wants to listen in about how their policies are hurting private sector job growth, we're happy to oblige," Buck emails. "We hate to burst the hyperbolic intrigue, but all we're offering is a serious discussion about creating jobs."

Obviously this doesn't preclude other private discussions between lawmakers and lobbyists from taking place, and the lobbyists will be a tad more guarded than they otherwise might be, but this actually could be kind of interesting. I'm curious to see what GOP leaders and these big Beltway lobbyist types will come up with in the way of policy suggestions. Admit it: You are, too!

By Greg Sargent  |  July 9, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
Categories:  Financial reform , House Dems , House GOPers  
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Err.. we already know what those "policy suggestions" will be. Tax breaks for their industries and creative forms of corporate welfare of course.

Posted by: sambam | July 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh, those Rethuglican hypocrites! They told that if I voted for Barry McStrawmanSlayer, meetings between politicians and lobbyists would be televised on CSPAN! And they were right!

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Next thing you know lobbyists will be meeting with Whitehouse officials at coffee shops near work to avoid signing the Whitehouse visitors logs.


Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 9, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse


This is just Republicans meeting with "The Base." Or, as we like to call them, the "Haves" and the "Have Mores."

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 9, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

You nailed it Ethan2010. And to think, they're going to do it on TeeVee! Who do they think they are? StrawmanSlayer officials? I hope they do it from a coffee shop!

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

what troll said:

"Here at the Caribou on Pennsylvania Avenue, and a few other nearby coffee shops, White House officials have met hundreds of times over the last 18 months with prominent K Street lobbyists — members of the same industry that President Obama has derided for what he calls its “outsized influence” in the capital."

Posted by: sbj3 | July 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The possibility that any real wheeling and dealing will occur in front of any cameras to be recorded for posterity is approximately zero point zero zero

Posted by: palnicki | July 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

When President Strawmanslayer promised to have healthcare negotiations on CSPAN (and then did not, but you knew that)did anyone expect it to be anything other than kabuki?

Did he?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 9, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

When are they scheduling their REAL meeting and not the dog and pony show on TV?

Posted by: merlallen1 | July 9, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

O/T - but oh my - this is one nasty race:

"Thursday and Friday morning President Barack Obama took time away from his busy schedule of playing golf and suing the state of Arizona to fly to Las Vegas and host a swanky fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Obama spoke to a packed house of lobbyists and special-interest groups. During the speech, approximately 2,000,000 gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of workers continued to be displaced."

Posted by: sbj3 | July 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Businessman: Well, you know, those Democrats are really hurting the economy.
Republican politician: Yep, hurting it real bad.
Other Businessman: Sure, it's those damn Democrats.
Other Republican: Yep, damn Democrats.
Businessman: Hey, anybody catch Strasburg pitchin' the other night?
Republican: Man, what an arm...

Posted by: converse | July 9, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

So, were now against changing the culture in Washington, by doing things like televising meetings with lobbyists?

Jeebus people. I can't keep up unless I get the memos!

So, business as usual right? And our reason for supporting Barry McStrawmanSlayer is what now?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 9, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse


* Coming health care changes you may not know about *

Several little-known provisions of the new health care overhaul law take effect in coming months that could have a lasting impact on the nation's health care system.

They include eliminating co-payments for certain preventive services such as mammograms, giving the government more power to review health insurers' premium increases and allowing states to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults without children.

The article goes on to describe in detail the changes that are coming, including WHAT the change is, WHEN it takes place, and the current STATUS of the change.

Very much worth a read.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 9, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"During the speech, approximately 2,000,000 gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of workers continued to be displaced."

Sure thing. Because if he wasn't in NV, he could've donned his wetsuit and got the hole plugged up.

Seriously, sbj. I'd always figured you were smarter than that. Why would you bother to quote her website? Do you think she's that intelligent? Did you think that was such an incredibly insightful or unique attack on Obama?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | July 9, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone possibly think that this televised "policy session" will be anything more than a theater-piece to get hours of people slamming Pres. Obama's economic policies? It seems like this will be about as "real" as the WWE.

And even still, I'm curious how even THAT would be seen as a good idea. I'd think that Democrats could easily turn this against them, and point out that it's a room full of GOPers and Wall-Street bankers crying about how Pres. Obama is being mean to them.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 9, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes BBQ,

Better to hold it at the Caribou so it'll be bipartisan. Barry McStrawmanSlayer can finally fufill at least one campaign promise.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 9, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Last time I checked the rich still have their tax cuts and the economy is not doing that well.

In fact, the United States enjoys the lowest taxes in the industrialized world other than New Zealand.

We have the lowest tax rates in over 50 years.

Tax cuts for the last ten years have not produced jobs, in fact the opposite can be said.

We did have higher taxes during the Clinton years and as I recall businesses made out pretty well.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 9, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

"When President Strawmanslayer promised to have healthcare negotiations on CSPAN (and then did not, but you knew that)did anyone expect it to be anything other than kabuki?

Did he?

Posted by: TrollMcWingn"
Many of them were, did you miss them?

Posted by: JRM2 | July 9, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, this should be interesting and muted. If these phony Republicans were interested in creating jobs then, WHY NOT VOTE FOR THE JOBS BILL? They're so full of crap you can smell it. And, why is the GOP turning to lobbyists? It's their job as Senators and Congress people to facilite job creation. As I keep posting, anyone who votes Republican is either an idiot or a moron!

Posted by: roxsteady | July 9, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

So they want us to believe this meeting is their only contact with lobbyist??? What's the point?

Posted by: soapm | July 9, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The GOP mistakenly thinks the rest of us are as stupid and the brain dead morons who vote for them. Get ready for a November surprise. All of these stupid beltway predictions will explode in their faces. I read comment after comment in the Wall Street Journal from REPUBLICANS who are clearly unemployed and were upset that they blocked the latest attempt to extend unemployment benefits. Each stated that they had voted Republican for 25, 35 years but, that come November they were going to help the Dems crush them. I can't wait for Charlie Cook's head to explode!

Posted by: roxsteady | July 9, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

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