In as good a sign as any that imperial Washington is about to have a huge fumigation tent dropped over it when President Trump rolls into town, legions of lobbyists are starting to get nervous. Outside of government bloat, a suckling media, a rancid gaggle of politicians and their entourages, hundreds of thousands contractors who are like leeches on the backs of the taxpayer and elite arrogance nothing says D.C. like the armies of professional shakedown artists on K Street. With the golden revolving door between government and private industry creating second careers for pols and staffers alike there is perhaps no better path to upward mobility than becoming a lobbyist. However, Trump threatens to bust up the rackets and shake things up in a way unseen since Jesus ran the moneychangers out of the temple.
The Hill reports that “Lobbyists struggle with Trump reality”:
Republican lobbyists in Washington are struggling to come to grips with the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency.
“A lot of people woke up [on Wednesday] and went, ‘Oh, gosh, this is not a dream,’ ” said Jeff MacKinnon, a principal at Farragut Partners. “I don’t think downtown was really prepared for it happening so quickly. It did catch people off guard.”
“It’s not the end of the world. In Washington, for every action, there’s an overreaction,” MacKinnon added. “You can’t just ignore it. Politics is a moment in time. This is the job we chose, and this is the moment we’re in.”
Much of the downtown Republican crowd — lobbyists, consultants and PR operatives — built their careers working for establishment politicians like former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and President George W. Bush.
For many, the shock of Trump’s victory in the Republican race, which included beating out 16 other more politically experienced candidates, has not worn off.
“As a Republican, I’m depressed,” said Tom Korologos, a strategic adviser for DLA Piper and alum of several presidential administrations who supported Jeb Bush and then John Kasich during the race.
Korologos, who served as the ambassador to Belgium during the George W. Bush administration, said he had lunch with other lobbyists on Wednesday and the mood was grim.
“They were all depressed,” he said.
As long as the corrupt duopoly is able to control the White House and both chambers of Congress it will continue to be business as usual. Lobbyists have no better friends than Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, both of who have already run afoul of the man who has the potential to kick in the shithouse door and send all of these fuckers packing. There would be nothing greater for the future of America than the having the big whorehouse on the Potomac being cleaned up and ousting the armies of rats and vermin that are the professional lobbyists will be one hell of a good start.