Moving on from Congress to jobs-you-get-because-you-were-in-Congress is obviously nothing new, and totally bipartisan. There is a difference between joining a lobbying firm (former Sen. Scott Brown) and joining a think tank (former Sens. Joe Lieberman and Jon Kyl), but there is a revolving door similarity. Serve in Congress, and you probably have a bit of advantage in finding employment with someone you met while being an Elected.
At Think Progress:
During his nearly three years in the U.S. Senate, Scott Brown (R-MA) frequently came to the aid of the financial sector – watering down the Dodd-Frank bill and working to weaken it after its passage – and accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign cash from the industry. Now, the man Forbes Magazine called one of ‘Wall Street’s Favorite Congressmen’ will use those connections as counsel for Nixon Peabody, an international law and lobbying firm.
(Joe Lieberman) — Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate in 2000 and a Democratic presidential candidate in 2004 — will co-chair (American Enterprise Institute’s) American Internationalism Project, an effort to rebuild a bipartisan consensus about big foreign policy questions.
‘There is an urgent need to rebuild a bipartisan – indeed non-political – consensus for American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world,’ Lieberman said in a statement.
Lieberman will be joined in the effort by former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who also retired from the Senate in January.
The American Enterprise Institute describes itself as
… a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare.
Right Wing Watch has this description:
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) is one of the oldest and most influential of the pro-business right-wing think tanks. It promotes the advancement of free enterprise capitalism, and has been extremely successful in placing its people in influential governmental positions, particularly in the Bush Administration. AEI has been described as one of the country’s main bastions of neoconservatism.
So Lieberman and Kyl can help “place … people” who support AEI positions “in influential governmental positions.” And so help perpetuate that re- / de-volving door. Brown took the more direct route. Lieberman, Kyle and Brown, of course, have lots of bipartisan company.
(WashingtonWallStreetRevolvingDoor via Washington On Parade)