So much for change... and this doesn't touch on the Daschle and Browner appointments either (whose spouses are on the all-star team of DC lobbyists)... yikes you idiots. Hook... Line... Sinker... you bought it. Replete with caveats and double-speak... so we can argue about what the definition of "is" is ...again. WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama, who vowed during his campaign that lobbyists "won't find a job in my White House," said through a spokesman yesterday that he would allow lobbyists on his transition team as long as they work on issues unrelated to their earlier jobs. Obama's transition chief laid out ethics rules - which also bar transition staff from lobbying the administration for one year if they become lobbyists later - and portrayed them as the strictest ever for a transfer of presidential power. But independent analysts said yesterday that the move is less than the wholesale removal of lobbyists that he suggested during the campaign - and shows how difficult it will be to lessen the pervasive influence of more than 40,000 registered lobbyists. "That is a step back and there is no other way of seeing it," said Craig Holman, who lobbies on governmental affairs for the watchdog group Public Citizen. Nonetheless, he said, Obama is still making "a very concrete effort to avoid what I consider a potentially corrupting situation." ..this is the ultra liberal fucking Washington Post calling him out. Change n' hope.