Remember when Mr. Obama promised to run those nasty ol' lobbyists outta .gov jobs? Radley Balko points to an article showing -- with plenty of examples -- how the new broom might've swept the old ones out...and certainly swept a new crop right in.
Here's the thing: Uncle Sam needs Subject Matter Experts; so do the various industries and groups who lobby him. While it may be unfortunate that they periodically do-si-do, that is how it works. Candidates tell you, with a truthful, noble frown, that "lips that touch lobbying will never touch mine," that they will have no truck with lobbyists, not nohow! In practice, all that means is they will run the Opposition's lobbyists out. "Lobbying" is the off-season filler job for every SME and fixer in the District of Columbia and all her suburbs. What, did you think they'd mow lawns and proffer "massage" to tide themselves over?
...Not that the oldstream media think so; they're already sitting around the campfire holding flashlights under their wagging chins, fretting that if Mr. Romney gets in, it'll be boooom times for (GOP-leaning) lobbyists. What the heck, it probably will -- and lean times for the Democrat-inclined ones presently filling the Executive branch like cats in Hemingway's Key West home. (Oh, and another hot tip for the steam-press and Kinetoscope set? Tinker Bell is just a tiny spotlight and Nana is just an actor in a dog suit.)
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