How to Talk About Corruption

HOW TO TALK ABOUT CORRUPTION….Mark Schmitt has some framing advice for Democrats about the Abramoff affair:

This is not a lobbying scandal. It’s a betrayal-of-public-trust scandal. Lobbyists have no power, no influence, until a public servant gives them power. That’s what DeLay and the K Street Project was all about. What they did was to set up a system by which lobbyists who proved their loyalty in various ways, such as taking DeLay and Ney on golf trips to Scotland, could be transformed from supplicants to full partners in government.

….But every time we say “lobbying reform,” we reinforce the idea that it is only the lobbyist who is the wrongdoer.

Sounds right to me. Mark promises a followup in a day or two.