Clinton and the Lobbyists

Hillary Clinton got some boos for her defense of lobbyists and, indeed, her initial response -- which amounted to pointing out that some Democratic-leaning interest groups have lobbyists, too -- wasn't very compelling. The second time around, though, she got the right answer, namely that lobbyists do their jobs because they get hired by people and Obama and Edwards take money from the executives and so forth who do the hiring, so the whole distinction is basically meaningless.

As best I can tell, that's totally correct; refusing to take money from lobbyists is just a kind of meaningless grandstanding.