Tom DeLay was interviewed last week on NPR.  I found the interview fascinating…in the way that watching an impending (or in his case past) train wreck fascinating.  I’m not going to editorialize on this…I think DeLay’s words more than speak for themselves.  This is an excerpt from the interview.  Check out the whole interview here: 

The K Street Strategy 

DeLay: For 40 years, if you were an organization or company who hired lobbyists, you wanted to hire people who had access to the people in power, so you hired Democrats. And K Street was overwhelmingly Democratic.

Inskeep: Every firm would have republicans though of course. 

DeLay: Yeah, but they were all tokens  and we started the effort to convince people that if you wanted to bring your petition to the government you should bring somebody that believes the same things  we do.   

Inskeep:You said you weren’t going to meet with a lot of democrats specifically.  

DeLay: I didn’t. I didn’t[meet with Democrats]  

Inskeep: You said go hire a Republican and send him to me.  

DeLay: Why would I meet with the enemy?  Why would I meet with somebody that wanted to make me the minority whip and keep me from being the majority whip? 

 Inskeep: Somebody might say because he’s an American with an interest?   DeLay: He’s not an American with my interest or the interest of the agenda we’re trying to promote  From his book:

One more thing: Because liberals and the press are influenced by socialism’s hatred of the private sector, they speak of business people and corporations like they are the evil empire. Not only is this a silly lie that defies history and reason, the vital truth is that a congressman is sworn to represent the people in private industry just as surely as he is public school teachers and policemen. Not only should we be thankful for what the private sector has accomplished in this country, we should start recognizing that those who work in that sector have a right to political representation also. A close look at their spending on political lobbying will reveal that they actually spend less than labor unions do to achieve their political goals.