7:30 AM, Oct 30, 2012 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
So, if you are a law-abiding, mind-your-own-business citizen who happens to live near the Imperial City, you can now add to your list of torments a possible visit from a professional lobbyist sometime during a weekend when you would might rather be doing just about anything else. Already, you cannot watch a football game without being bombarded by those 30-second political spots and now this. These are people who make a living by persuading others, by wearing down their resistance. Seeing them at your doorstep does not gladden the heart.
And, one wonders, don't these people ever get enough? They do this, live this, five days a week. Can't they just give it a rest over the weekend. Rake leaves or something. Do garbage collectors spend their weekends visiting the dump?
And, finally, there is this question. If a professional lobbyist goes out rusting votes for a member of Congress, is this not a sort of contribution in kind? And can the lobbyist not at least imply, when buttonholing that member of Congress after the election, that it might be time for a little payback.