K Street lobbyists, look out. Angry voters want to blow it up.
In the latest Washington Whispers poll, 38 percent said they would like to send a wrecking crew to dismantle Washington's lobbying establishment, far more than want the media, labor, courts, and business whacked for being out of touch with main street America.
The anger directed at lobbying is one bright light for the Democrats on Election Day. Of all the issues they've grasped at to hold off the expected Republican election wave, attacking lobbyists still works. And beware Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate. He could find himself under the gun because of his previous career as a very successful lobbyist.
Surprisingly, the mainstream media, as represented by the Washington Post, didn't draw a lot of voter anger. Just 13 percent wanted it wrecked in a year when media critics, especially from the conservative side, have been very loud.
The Whispers Poll
Voter anger against Washington politicians is expanding to the city's institutions. Which one of the following would you send the wrecking crew to first?
K Street lobbying firms 38%
U.S. Supreme Court 19%
Washington Post 13%
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 12%
Source: The Synovate eNation Internet poll was conducted October 22-26 among 1,000 nationally representative households by global market research firm Synovate.