Where the right went rotten

Reason
by David Weigel

05/03/06

Interview with Matthew Continetti, author of The K Street Gang: "Reason: What exactly is 'K Street Conservatism?' MC: One of its tenets is the packaging of clientism in the rhetoric of conservatism. If you're a K Street conservative you'd take a client, define their goals, and repackage them in terms of Republican ideals. So for the Indian gaming, Abramoff said the tribes were really opposed to taxes. Every good conservative is supposed to be opposed to taxes. With the Marianas Islands, Abramoff represented the local government and the Saipan Garment Manufacturers Association by saying that these territories wished to be free of government tyranny. And every conservative is supposed to believe in self-reliance and enterprise. He championed this in conservative rhetoric when in fact he was shilling for this garment tycoon...

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