Carter Eskew and Democratic K-Street Culture

This Lieberman-Lamont race is becoming exceptionally important, because it's the most high-profile of a series of clashes between two different ways of doing politics.  The bear ad, and the ad man named Carter Eskew who is the consultant behind it, unwittingly reveals a lot about what's going on in both DC and in Connecticut.

Looking into how Carter Eskew does business will illustrate the stakes of the Lamont-Lieberman fight.  Eskew isn't just your every day ad man; he's a partner at the Glover Park Group, a high profile lobbying and communications shop in DC that includes him and ex-Clintonites such as Joe Lockhart and Joel Johnson.  This firm does a fair amount of business, and it is extraordinarily well-known in this town.  And while I don't want to point fingers, there's sometimes a sort of ethical flexibility about the lobbying work they do.  For instance, I've uploaded this document, a polling memo from the Glover Park Group, on the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan that they distributed to the media.  It is a summary of public polling that starts with this passage:

After a thorough review of early public polling on the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, our analysis suggests that support for the program is solid.  Five months into the program, enrolled seniors are satisfied with the program, found enrollment to be easy and think it's saving them money.

Clients of the Glover Park Group include groups that represent the pharmaceutical companies and groups that represent insurance companies who manage the prescription drug plan.  The memo was sent to Democratic Communications directors on the Hill, as well as journalists.  That's not really the problem, though it's kind of distasteful.  The problem is that Joel Johnson, the high profile Clinton advisor turned Glover Park lobbyist, represented the memo as dispassionate advice from a Democratic Party elder.  Here's a passage from a Roll Call article on the memo:

Joel Johnson, a partner at Glover Park, said his firm came to "the conclusion that with all the issues the Democrats have to work with, it just seems clear that there are more valuable targets upon which to focus our fire: tax breaks, Iraq, energy, environment, ethics."

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"Nobody's more interested than I am in electing a Democratic Senate and Democratic House," said Johnson, a former senior policy and communications adviser to President Bill Clinton. "I hope we fight the most effective battle and are not falling into any traps."

That this election strategizing just happens to cohere nicely with the interests of corporate clients is interesting.  And that's the culture of Carter Eskew's firm.  They sell access to Democratic and media insiders, and they sell their political judgment.

Which brings me to Carter Eskew's bear ad.  The ad is a judgment failure on Eskew's part.  The ad works on one level - it would convince Joe Lieberman to vote for Joe Lieberman, for instance.  But for normal non-machine people who don't see Lowell Weicker's 1988 loss through the same earth-shattering lens, it doesn't make any sense.  

For Lieberman, however, and Carter Eskew, Weicker is the opponent.  Lieberman is a machine politician, and Carter Eskew is a DC machine lobbyist.  Their memory is long, sharp, and out of sync.  Lieberman's last real Senate race was in 1988, but that's how he won it, so that's how he'll win this one.  Now, I'm not from Connecticut, so I can't pretend to know a great deal about lingering feelings about Lowell Weicker and whether the ad stings in some non-obvious Connecticut-specific way.  My guess is that it doesn't, because people don't really care that much about someone who hasn't been in office for many years.  Political machines, though, have long memories, and are always fighting the last war.  

And that's where the lobbying complex of the corporate Democratic DC comes in.  In both lobbying and campaign ad work, a political operative is selling judgment.  The same bad judgment that led to the dishonest flackery on the prescription drug bill led to this bear ad (and the Iraq war, Alito, etc).  They are the same people.  They are similarly out of touch.

The lobbying is tied very much into the campaign work.  Some of the major campaign consulants, such as Dewey Square, use the connections they build on campaigns to create profitable lobbying practices, and this narrows what kinds of campaigns they run.

For another example, look no further than our old friend Mike McCurry, a generational and ideological colleague of Carter Eskew and the whole lobbying crew, and a John Kerry advisor in 2004.  McCurry bases his argument against net neutrality on an anti-government attitude; throughout the 1970s and 1980s, he thinks that an embrace of big government 'got our heads handed to us'.  He believes that Democrats lose when they adopt economically populist positions.  This is the attitude that permeates the political culture of Democratic leaders, because they succeeded with this attitude.  Having ascended in politics during the Reagan era, people like Chuck Schumer, Carter Eskew, Joe Lieberman, Mike McCurry, Joel Johnson, Joe Lockhart, and Bill and Hillary Clinton share a cultural and political aversion to the use of government for economically populist ends.  

This is a profitable belief.  Tony Coelho, the Democrat who created the original K-Street Project in the 1980s, helped to both hold Congress in the 1980s and to pave the way for a profitable post-political career for all sorts of Democrats.  Delay took this machine and supersized it, but the blueprint was Coelho's, and the remnants are people like Carter Eskew.  Major campaign consultants, with their roots in this Democratic K Street culture, are the human link between Democratic campaigns and pro-corporate beliefs.

So that's what we're dealing with, a group of people who believe in an outdated machine politics.  For twenty years, there was no conflict between being a Democrat and being a corporatist.  Today, there is, and in the case of Lieberman and his lobbyists/consultants, it's producing excessive greed and disloyalty.  Lieberman's refusal to rule out running as an independent, Chuck Schumer's noise that he might support an independent bid, and McCurry's work for the telecoms are all part of this.  And in Carter Eskew, you can see this at work in real time.

Now, to be clear, working in politics and then lobbying politicians is not in itself a bad thing, but you do have to be careful about the ethics involved in trading on these relationships.  In today's DC culture, this revolving door is so commonplace and so normal that K-Street Dems pretend like ethics are just not relevant anymore.  That's just a dated attitude.  So if the bear ad seems out of place, it's because Eskew believes that we are still in the 1980s in the midst of the Reagan Revolution, or the 1990s, during the Clinton era.  He is part of the machine that produced a profitable niche for all sorts of lobbyists and single issue groups, and an easy path for Democratic politicians who could play the single issue scorecard game without actually moving a progressive agenda.  It was quite the nice racket.

These K-Street Democrats have a lot of power, and they are angry at the Lamont challenge because it's a direct threat to their revenue stream.  And in Carter Eskew, you can see how tied together these machine people and lobbyists really are.  I know it's hip to say that Lamont is not a single-issue candidate, but it's true in a deeply fundamental way.  The Lamont challenge is a direct attack on how DC does business.

Tags: Carter Eskew, Joe Lieberman, Ned Lamont (all tags)

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link please?

Tony Coelho, the Democrat who created the original K-Street Project in the 1980s, helped to both hold Congress in the 1980s and to pave the way for a profitable post-political career for all sorts of Democrats.

I am willing to believe that is true, but would like to see some documentation to that effect.

by Alice Marshall 2006-06-17 07:48AM | 0 recs
Re: link please?

From Legal Affairs:

More recently, the efforts of Representative Tony Coelho in the mid-1980s to allow House Democrats to dominate Washington business lobbyists and secure a healthy share of campaign funds from them were documented in Brooks Jackson's book, Honest Graft: Inside the Business of Politics

by Matt Stoller 2006-06-17 08:02AM | 0 recs
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by Glen 2007-06-14 06:41PM | 0 recs
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Quite unknown, but it was the Democrats who set up K Street back in the '80s. One of the few surprising nuggets of information I learned in my American politics class last year.

by PsiFighter37 2006-06-17 11:41AM | 0 recs
by maladiaz 2007-02-28 03:07AM | 0 recs
Excellent piece!

One to mull over at leisure, no snap reactions possible.

Just what the doctor ordered...

by skeptic06 2006-06-17 08:18AM | 0 recs
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This anlaysis, unlike some of your other posts recently, is incredibly damning and well thought out regarding the impact of this culture on public discourse because you connect the dots on an important issue so well. Thank you for putting this out there. I wonder how many voters understand the process by which people like Joe are making their politic decisions- and I wonder if they care? In other words, could Lamont run as the outsider using this kind of cozying up to insiders who don't have the voters interest at heart as a part of his strategy? Maybe even take Joe's mistake with the bear- and create a new cartoon in which Joe is the inside corrupt official that needs replacing- flip it on him.

by bruh21 2006-06-17 08:21AM | 0 recs
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Those are important questions.  I think voters do understand how insiders make their political decisions, and that's why so many of them don't vote.  They don't see a point.  The apathy has a momentum of its own, but I think it's important we understand the rationale behind apathy.

I'm not sure if this kind of ad needs to be flipped round; my guess is that it's so insidery that any counter based on its imagery will be seen as inside baseball.  I of course don't have access to polling or focus grouping, and I'm not in CT.  That's just my gut.

by Matt Stoller 2006-06-17 08:25AM | 0 recs
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What is doubly weird about this is that Lieberman has something with real appeal to progressives, McCain Lieberman Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act, mentioned on the Inconvenient Truth site. Why doesn't he do a commercial touting that? That would have real appeal in a Democratic primary?

This is the sort of political tin ear performance that convinces me we need Lamont.

by Alice Marshall 2006-06-18 09:52AM | 0 recs
Huh?

Lieberman claims that LAMONT is not a Democrat and votes Republican 80% of the time?

Isn't that back-asswards?

by antiHyde 2006-06-17 08:24AM | 0 recs
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I can't imagine anyone under 30 understanding this ad.  And if you don't understand it, you're going to equate Leiberman with a terrible commercial.

Thanks for posting this, I never looked at this race as a battle of how politics are done, just as one liberal v. "moderate"

by John Nicosia 2006-06-17 08:31AM | 0 recs
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I don't understand your last comment at all. You have seen people here support conservative/moderate Democrats who they thought were not reflexively triangulating in the past- so why would you assume the left-right axis here?Did you think people were lying about their motivations for wanting this primary challenge? Seriously- I am kind of curious because I consider myself moderate in a lot of ways- so I always interested in the last few years when arguments always assumed to be about the left/right axis rather than other values such as character, party loyalty, perceptional battles, etc.

by bruh21 2006-06-17 09:41AM | 0 recs
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I find that liberal/moderate/conservative labels are very-much open to interpretation, and are therefore not very useful. The primary divisions that
I see in today's Democratic Party appear to be along either corporate vs populist lines or establishment vs new activist lines.
What I find very compelling about Matt's post is his connection between these divisions and the generational lag-time that seems to be associated with these divisions.
by robin oz 2006-06-17 11:39AM | 0 recs
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Lag time is exactly what I think maybe occuring here. When I think of where I stand on actual issues I find myself further to the right by a touch than maybe Stoller and others- yet I can not disagree with their analysis of what is wrong with the process right now. I would add to the idea of lag time another factor- how involved one is in reading about politics. This is only a factor in that many people will only have heard these discussion through MSM which will tell them that this is a left-right debate rather than a selling out the American people debate. Perceptionally its hard to overcome what people come to believe is true versus what actually is true. I have tried in my own friendships and after a while- people just dont want to hear it unless they are into politics because I think (and this is just my theory) a) we lack a long term memory for these things - the 24 hour news cycle has turned into the 24 hour history cycle so that people can't even remember what they believed and felt 2 months ago much less 2 years ago b) it requires too much to understand all these issues that are often extremely complex (ever try explaining to a middle class person concepts such as race to the bottom so that they can understand that having issues with trade agreements aren't necessarily a left or right debate except in the most surface level way possible)

by bruh21 2006-06-17 12:03PM | 0 recs
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I viewed this as a race between a liberal and conservative candidate.  This is a liberal state, and the people felt that Lieberman didn't vote along those values.  That's why my Politics professor John Orman initially ran in this primary too, before it emerged that Lamont was a serious candidate.  I always viewed the race in these terms, of trying to either force Joe to listen to the people more, or replace him with someone who did.

This post changed my perspective to a clash between the old consultants discussed in Crashing the Gate and new Democrats supported by the people.  That's all I meant in my short post.  

In other regions, I would certainly support moderate Democrats in other areas of the country.  Webb in Virginia and Mark Warner before him are two examples of this.  But CT should have a liberal senator to match the views of it's citizens.

by John Nicosia 2006-06-17 12:10PM | 0 recs
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I certainly understand that- but I guess my point is that, while I agree with you on my idealogical leanings (I maybe moderate, but I am a left leaning moderate), I do think its important to realize reinforce that this was always about more than Joe's idealogical bent. Most Joe supporters want to reduce the discussion to just this- I am not accusing you of being a supporter- but I think that somewhere there is this disconnect, and I want to understand its source.

by bruh21 2006-06-17 03:10PM | 0 recs
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I understand what you're saying - I only looked at one dimension of the race.  I think it's because i'm young (20), and haven't seen his voting record besides the last 2 years.  I know him only as a Republican-leaning Democrat, not as an establishment guy, an "old Democrat," so until now the race has been about replacing him with a more liberal senator.

by John Nicosia 2006-06-17 04:48PM | 0 recs
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Great piece.  It had never occurred to me that the Democratic consultants were spooning out advice to candidates and the Party based on the interests of their corporate clients.  It makes perfect sense.  And it also makes perfect sense that they steer money, contacts and credibility to putative candidates who are likely to serve the ends of the consultants' corporate clients.  All the while pretending to give objective advice.  Talk about synergy.

by kaleidescope 2006-06-17 09:01AM | 0 recs
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Short version (to make it clearer):

Eskew, McCurry etc. are Anti-Thesis political hacks (Clinton leaned against the Reagan Thesis, the Third Way) when what we're demanding from Democrats is a New Thesis -- a new explanation for our time we can take into the future. http://www.danablankenhorn.com/2006/06/a _review_of_ter.html

By your presence on this medium, you have come up with the New Thesis. It unites most everyone in the blogosphere, including many who claim to be "libertarian" conservatives:

http://www.danablankenhorn.com/2006/06/t he_open_source_1.html

by Dana Blankenhorn 2006-06-17 09:21AM | 0 recs
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If I was a Joe-Mo supporter or contributor I'd be mad about this ad for three reasons.....

First, it's just badly done. With all his hoarded millions, the best he could come up with was a REALLY cheaply made cartoon?

Second,  he associates his opponent with Lowell Weiker, a former senator and governor of CT -- someone who a lot of voters obviously like.

Third, after 18 years in the Senate, he can't even tout a record of accomplishment and must smear instead.

It'sreally is time for Joe to go.

by Sitkah 2006-06-17 09:31AM | 0 recs
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First, it's just badly done.

And that's the other part of this fight.  The machines are now weak shadows of their former selves.

by Matt Stoller 2006-06-17 09:43AM | 0 recs
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This is just a brilliant post.
The examination of Clinton-era ties to corporate lobbying  delineates our problem in reviving the culture of the Democratic Party.  It's an "aha" moment. "Now I see what's wrong!"  I have been mystified by what is going on -- why we are stuck? -- If the lobbying firm presented such a memo in support of Medicare D, who paid them for it?  The drug companies or the Bush administration?
 And if these are their clients, then their candidates will be the tie-ins.  Certainly they won't be a major threat to the financial interests.
  This whole thing makes me sick -- It is a huge moral and political betrayal by those Democrats who were most recently in power.
 But at least in defining the problem we now know what is going on, what we are up against, and that should help us in trying to breathe life back into a political party that they have destroyed --  probably without even knowing that that's what it would lead to.
It bothers me a lot when they use the tactics of the Republicans-- obfuscation, lying, smearing.
Because as they direct these tactics at other Democrats they increase the kill ratio of respect for Democratic values-- as in the stupid Lieberman commercial, and continually in the statements of Marshall Wittman (Witless) of the Republican DLC.  Who is it that keeps that attack machine going against Democrats and traditional Democratic values?  That has completely mystified me.  Is Hillary Clinton doing that? And Lieberman? Or Karl Rove?  It's his style, that's for sure. Who's paying for it?  Can we find out, specifically who is behind it?  And expose that?  I really want to make Hillary Clinton answer the question of why she supports this kind of attack on Democrats and Democratic values.
It's heart-breaking to me.  But at least we know what we are up against.
And then of course I wonder why, specifically in regard to my own primary area of concern, why the Dems don't do something real to police the voting process on the precinct level, the state level, in regard to the culling of registration rolls, the disenfranchisement of voters, the overly expensive and poorly performing voting machines, the whole ball of wax? Is it because they are busy lobbying for Republicans and Republican corporations, and really in-effect are "throwing" the election?
 Supporting Medicare D, covering up it's failures, or trying to, is a form of "throwing" the election to the Republicans, isn't it?
by syolles 2006-06-17 09:34AM | 0 recs
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Thank you for articulating my frustration with the Democratic Senators in Washington.  You provided a real time example (illustrated in "Crashing the Gate") of the problem with DC consultants and the failure of the Democratic party to articulate a clear alternative to the Republican party.  They are afraid to upset the money machine that gets them elected and so half-heartedly mouth platitudes to the progressives while not really standing up for progressive ideals. The bancruptcy bill and Alito filibuster are excellent examples.  The recent Supreme Court decision on police entry is just the first in many to come eroding the peoples rights.  
I would love to see a progressive candidate go after Joe Biden.  We need to put the fear of God or of the base into them.  The Republicans go after thier own if they buck the party and so should we.  I'm so tired of supporting the candidate only because they're better than the alternative.  But I trugde on with our party looking for better days.
by OhioDem 2006-06-17 09:43AM | 0 recs
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The "power" players in both parties are all Corp. people. The 2 parties are like a piece of flypaper in that respect touch either one and your stuck to the Corp. power. That said, there are still some real differences on the social issue side of the equation that divides them and your getting a far more toxic mix in that regard if your voting for the Repuges. Another big divider is that the leadership of the present Repug party are fascists is the old sense of that word. They unlike all democrats believe in a merging of state power, Corp power and the religious right. This was Mussolini's classic definition of fascism.  The Demos. don't believe in the merging of all three of these elements.
  Nevertheless, I agree the present K street gang are still viewing the world through a 80's/ 90's prism and things have radically changed. The public has moved to the left because Bu$hCo relentlessly pushes to the hard right and people are tired of the lying and the endless propaganda coming out of every inch of media except the Internet. America is a far different place since Dec 12,2000 and not for the better!
by Blutodog 2006-06-17 11:26AM | 0 recs
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Here's one other problem with the Carter Eskew- Glover Park Group Analysis of the Medicare Modernization Act... They're forgetting millions of beneficiaries in the polling memo they are citing ... namely the MILLIONS of persons with disabilities under age 65 who are getting Medicare benefits.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation,

"Dual eligibles account for 14% of         Medicaid enrollees and 18% of Medicare beneficiaries, including virtually all elderly and over one-third of non-elderly beneficiaries with disabilities in Medicaid."

http://www.kff.org/medicaid/upload/4091- 04%20Final(v2).pdf .

And, in fact the persons with disabilities who are dual eligibles who previously often had their prescription drug costs PAID BY MEDICAID, and often ave the most complicated medical conditions are in fact THE MOST LIKELY to be dissatisfied with the Part D benefit. So Eskew & co. are arguably cherrypicking their sample by primarily basing their polling memo on samples relying exclusively on seniors.

For more, see http://www.napas.org/issues/med/Medicare %20Part%20D%20Tool%20Kit%2012%2015.pdf

http://www.stic-cil.org/nl-30.htm

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06127/688 155-321.stm

Now I seriously doubt that as a person with a disability himself and an architect of the Americans with Disabilities Act <url>  http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/progra ms/jobtalk/tonycoelho.cfm </url>  Tony Coehlo would approve of this oversight by the Glover Park Group. But it is worth noting that GPG's advice to Democrats is ignoring the impact on dual eligible beneficiaries with disabilities, who most certainly ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE TO VOTE!!!

To get clear insights on policy issues and political strategy, the Democratic punditocracy and K-street consultocracy needs to shake their tendency to ignore the interests and  potential voting power of people with disabilities.

by dandem 2006-06-17 10:05AM | 0 recs
Weicker, etc

I'm not from Conn.  But I've talked to people who are, and the reactions are basically split into 2:

1. Who? (much larger reaction)
2. Oh yeah, the Governor before Rowland.  He was better than Rowland, anyway.  

If I were Lamont, I'd start reminding people of this ad.  Claim my nickname is now "Bear Cub" or something like that.  It is so stupid that its funny, and just shows how out-of-touch and classless Joe Lieberman is.

by bosdcla14 2006-06-17 10:20AM | 0 recs
Ditto

I feel like a dittohead here (though I suspect one whose performance on standard tests is a little north of Rush's brand). But Matt nailed it here.

Unleash your Inner FDR. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself (defined here as the DLC internalizing the 'Big Government is the problem' mantra). Bullshit. Moreover demonstrable bullshit.

Republicans used to quaver in fear of Social Security. It was deemed the Third Rail of Electoral Politics, touch it and you die. The Economic Right has worked for 25 years to try to remove the juice from that Third Rail and the DLC folk pretty much went along.

Time has come to turn that right around. We may not be able to mobilize that message for 2006, corruption and the war seem to be the motivators here. But we can nationalize Social Security Solvency in 2008. It is not broke. At all. And properly deployed that can be a powerful club to beat the brains out of the Right.

What does this have to do with Carter Eskew? Well only this: the DLC has internalized the economics of the Corportatist Right, they have succumbed to the moronic "no poor man ever gave me a job" message to agree that unlimited concessions to Capital will be the salvation of Labor.

Well if you discount the last four millenia of history you can make a good case for that based on Cato issue papers. Oddly I am not willing to discount those 4000 years and the lessons they teach.

by Bruce Webb 2006-06-17 11:31AM | 0 recs
by Joshua Sperati 2006-06-17 01:17PM | 0 recs
Wow - I've never thought about this before!

Matt:

Thanks!

With this you have explained much.  I like lots of other folks are regularly stunned that Dem's are so politically stupid time and time again. Why haven't they introduced bills going after the drug or oil companies?  With this info it starts to make sense - their consultants are telling them not to do it!  

How do corporations prevent a bunch of populist Dem's from attacking corporate interests in Washington?  Easy, buy off their consultants.

While the tie between lobbying and consulting won't explain everything it certainly does explain lots.

I have a question - how common is this situation?  Are their ties between most Dem political consultants and the lobbying industry?  Or is it something that a bit more rare?  Certainly it explains what campaign consultants do between elections.

Thanks again!

M-

by mwfolsom 2006-06-17 01:26PM | 0 recs
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How do corporations prevent a bunch of populist Dem's from attacking corporate interests in Washington?  Easy, buy off their consultants.

Oh, it's not so simple.  They aren't populist Dems.  After all, they choose which consultants to listen to.

I have a question - how common is this situation?  Are their ties between most Dem political consultants and the lobbying industry?  Or is it something that a bit more rare?  Certainly it explains what campaign consultants do between elections.

It is fairly common, though it depends on the state.  I mean, it's machine politics.  In DC, the House Dems are split for a reason, because one side buys into this and the other mostly doesn't.  

This is why I'm so angry at Obama.  I see him tying himself in with these types of people, needlessly.

by Matt Stoller 2006-06-17 01:31PM | 0 recs
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As if that was not already obvious given his involvement in the ouster of Cegelis in Illinois 06, which I will forever call the Cegelis Scandal of 2006.  Obama is fully embroiled in the machine, and he will continue to fuel that machine.  This is why we must be very involved in primaries, and this is why one should never listen to the unfounded information circulating in DC.  After all, is this not why the blogs refused to support Cegelis?  Was it not Stoller who said he and many others were told Cegelis did not have a chance?  

Although we missed the chance in Illinois 06, there is a race in Connecticut.  I just hope the Cegelis Scandal of 2006 taught EVERYONE a very important lesson about consultants and the companies they keep.

by illinois062006 2006-06-18 06:31PM | 0 recs
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Matt:

Know that this thread is getting old but I still think it is profoundly important.

Certainly I accept that there are all sorts of shades of gray here but it helps my grasp of the political ecology of DC greatly.  

In the long term its a situation that has to be acknowledged, understood widely, and dealt with ----

M-

by mwfolsom 2006-06-20 09:43AM | 0 recs
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I'm surprised to see such a long thread about Eskew without any mention of all the work he did for big tobacco in the 1990's, i.e. http://hotlineblog.nationaljournal.com/a rchives/2005/12/dems_and_tobacc.html for the number one search under "Carter Eskew Tobacco".

Nothing personal Mr. Eskew, but I'm just pointing out a very well known fact.  I'm not without sin either, see below:

In the interest of full disclosure from 1988 - 1994 I worked for Burson-Marsteller, a huge PR/lobby firm whose number one client was Phillip Morris.  I did not work on the Phillip Morris account.  I have not done any lobbying for pay since January, 2001.  I know something, first hasd, about the K Street Project -- but losing my lobbying gig, the same week as Bush v. Gore, was a good thing for my mental state (but not my material state) in the long run.

by howardpark 2006-06-17 02:18PM | 0 recs
The great battle

Lieberman-Lamont stands to be one of those epochal battles which can change the balance of forces. I knew it was coming, but thought it would be a couple years out. Lieberman is a gift from God -- his cluelessness in the face of the Republican onslaught has been much noted, but it turns out to be an across-the-board thing. The man has no idea what people are thinking, how the new technologies are being deployed against him, nothing. The last good idea he had was in 1988 when he used an ad like this to kick Lowell Weicker's ass, and by God, the earth will tremble when the mighty Joementum turns his fiery wrath on this ragtag bunch of jihadists, unleashes his bears on them.

by MikeB 2006-06-17 02:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Carter Eskew and Democratic K-Street Culture

Glover Park which employs a ton of Dems and ex-Clintonites has a HUGE client.

FOX.

Unbelieveable, but true. Its one of their biggest clients.

The problem with Dem consultants is that they are  the same as most folks. Whoever pays them gets them!

Glover Parks guy in NYC, Howard Wolfson is a former Hillary press scey!

Go Hillary! Whatever it takes to win, she will do!
Will the ends justify the means, with Hillary.

by jackms 2006-06-17 08:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Carter Eskew and Democratic K-Street Culture

I am kinda suprised that people here seen so surprised at this.  

Does anybody remember Pres. Carter saying that his biggest suprise becoming Prez was how big oil ran the white house/gov't? How much more power they had then he did.

And this isn't just Lieberman but all your favorite big time elected Dems have deep pocket relationships with K street.

by aiko 2006-06-18 02:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Carter Eskew and Democratic K-Street Culture

As will Tammy Duckworth.

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