Sunday, June 10, 2007

Lobbyists shocked they actually have to convince Democrats

OK, I was disappointed that the barely Democratic Congress didn't have the guts to end the occupation of Iraq. But still, we have to realize that things are much better than when Republicans were in control. For example, Republican lobbyists are now reduced to the extremity of actually making a convincing argument when trying to get a lawmaker to do something. Here's C&L quoting Roll Call:

Several Democratic and Republican lobbyists agreed GOP consultants often get it wrong with Democrats because their corporate pitch is such an easy sell in Republican offices, which already are ideologically sympathetic to businesses’ concerns.

Meeting with Democrats, some Republicans neglect to factor in a much wider array of constituencies that hold sway with the new majority, including labor, environmental and consumer groups.

“Republican lobbyists are used to walking into an office and just saying, ‘I’d like you to do this,’” said one Republican operative who regularly lobbies across the aisle. “With Democrats, you really have to hone your arguments, and you really have to sell them on policy.” (emphasis added)

I shudder to think what it was like from 2001 until 2007. I'd say "God help us", but 1) I'm an atheist, and 2) If God did exist, I'm not sure we'd deserve her help.


Blogger Sarah said...

Damn those democrats! Making poor lobbyists work to get votes!

5:55 AM, June 10, 2007  

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