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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Roy Blunt Dubbed "Senator Earmark" By The Wall Street Journal

Posted By on Tue, Nov 9, 2010 at 11:37 AM

"Did somebody say earmark?"
  • "Did somebody say earmark?"
Robin Carnahan tried for months to convince Missouri voters that Roy Blunt is a "Washington insider" whose long and cozy history with lobbyists for big tobacco, big oil and other big bad industries made him unfit for office.

The strategy, of course, failed miserably. Blunt trounced Carnahan by a whopping 14 percent at the polls last week.

But when the Show-Me State's Senator-elect sat down for a half hour interview with The Wall Street Journal's editorial board last week, the paper seemed a little puzzled as to how Blunt won when he's "just the kind of career politician that the tea party movement was created to devour."
The interview -- headlined "Mr. Earmark" -- is entertaining not just for the WSJ's general skepticism about Blunt, who they describe as "a powerful dispenser of patronage and influence," but for the general disdain Blunt seems to have for the reporters.

Here's how the story ends:
The elephant, as it were, in the room is how well the Republicans can get along with tea partiers who are energized by their ideas more than the party. Cue Mr. Blunt. "I'll repeat again: communication, so they understand. You got to keep talking to people who have these expectations so they understand what the fight is about at the moment." He adds that Sens. [Marco] Rubio and [Rand] Paul are "great" to have in Washington, but "I think everything will not turn out the way they think it will."

With our half-hour up, Mr. Blunt stands in mid-question, claps me on the back without offering a hand in farewell, and says, "See ya."
And it's not like Blunt was getting grilled by Keith Olbermann -- the WSJ is a division of News Corp., the same company that owns Fox News.

Read the whole thing here: The Grand New--and Old--Party: Rand Paul compares Capitol Hill to the Soviet Politburo. Other Senate newcomers include Washington veterans like Roy Blunt.

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