Robert Kaiser, Pick up the White Courtesy Phone

The Times piece on the tax controversy surrounding Tom Daschle’s nomination basically reflects themes out of Robert Kaiser’s new book, The Trimuph of Lobbying.  The Times reports:

Beyond the ramifications for Mr. Daschle’s ascent to the cabinet, the disclosures about Mr. Hindery and the many clients Mr. Daschle advised on public policy offers a new window into how Washington works. It shows how in just four years an influential former senator was able to make $5 million and live a lavish lifestyle by dint of his name, connections and knowledge of the town’s inner workings.

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