The rest of the interview is pap, of course – truth be told, I barely skimmed it – but this is 100% correct:
…getting rid of the earmarks, the little special interest spending legislation, was very bad for Washington.
Why, yes. Yes, it was. This is only a problem to people who think that “Washington” = “The United States of America,” though. For the rest of us, it’s a feature instead of a bug.