What is wrong with these people?

It defies the imagination that a sentient, even smart, human being like Matt Stoller could read the same news as I -- the endless litany of special-interest bills passed under this administration, the appointments of political cronies to jobs they're not qualified for, the accounts of lobbyists twisting arms on the floor of the House during close votes -- and then sit down at his keyboard and knock out a statement like this:

I'm really quite puzzled by the strategy of going for lobbying reform. Lobbying isn't really the problem, lobbying is a method of gaining access to legislators. Bribery and extortion seem to be the immediate problems, followed by the structural issue of having to dump millions into every race to win, which is what gives lobbyists power over lawmakers.
*deep, exhausted sigh*

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