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But this also is a good reminder that what Obama wants to do -- keep lobbyists and corporate types out of his potential administration -- is difficult, since so many supposedly qualified people have ties to corporate boards or lobbying firms. You can't run a government based academics alone.
It makes more sense that the resignation is a ploy to make people think Obama is not connected to these people.
Johnson had plenty of time to influence the VP selection choice, lets see who Obama picks.
I just think that it doesn't make sense that if he truly is against these people, why wouldn't he come out in public and tell the people of the influence the BG's are trying to exert.
Originally posted by Grambler
To be honest, I hope your right (not about Obama being in trouble of course). I hope that He did tell them to get bent. I just find it hard to believe that he did. I'm not saying he wanted Johnson out to convince people hes not associated with the BG, I'm saying that McCain pressed him on Johnson having shady Countrywide loans (note that it is suspicious that he didn't mention Bilderberg or Perseus), and thats why the resignation. He wants the average person to think that hes not associated with lobbyists, so thats why the resignation. It seems entirely plausible to me that Johnson just thought he would hurt Obama's chances, so he backed down. I see no evidence of Obama forcing him to because he doesn't want involved with those type of people.
Originally posted by dariousg
"Some pundits, and my opponents, like to suggest that my three years in the United States Senate are a liability for my campaign. Three years may not be a long time, but I can assure you it is long enough to know that things in Washington must change. That is why I am running my campaign out of Chicago, not Washington, D.C., and concentrating on meeting with and listening to people who live outside our nation's capital. And that is why I believe of all the candidates running I will be best able to break the longstanding grip that vested interests and their lobbyists have had on the policy making process in Washington."
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