The New York Times must still be mad that it didn’t get an interview with The One. It’s going after him today for his hypocrisy on lobbyists.
Obama made a big show of banning lobbyists from working on issues in office that they dealt with out of office. Except he didn’t.
The new president’s actions provided a burst of executive sunshine that Washington badly needs. Unfortunately, Mr. Obama already wants to make an exception for William Lynn, a former lobbyist for the defense contractor Raytheon, to become deputy secretary of defense. Mr. Lynn, a respected Pentagon official in the Clinton administration, has the right résumé — except that he was a lobbyist until last year. This clearly violates the mint-new standard, especially since the Pentagon job is so wide-ranging that recusal on specific issues is impossible.
As the Los Angeles Times notes
If confirmed for his position, Lynn probably would have a large say in the future of the missile defense system. If the Obama administration decided to scale that program back dramatically, for instance, it would affect Raytheon. … The White House has also issued a waiver for William V. Corr, a former lobbyist for the anti-smoking group Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, who has been nominated for a top position at the Department of Health and Human Services.
If liberals could be hypocrites, Obama would be one. But as we know, you can only be a hypocrite if you stand for something.