Ruth Marcus Op-Ed column in the WashPost:
'Lobbyists are the Hester Prynnes of Barack Obama's Washington, scorned for the sins of a complicit city.' Ruth twice mentions her 'misigivings' about Obama's lobbying rules: 'The rules treat all lobbyists as equally reprehensible; they make no distinctions based on the nature of the lobbying client. Obama's rule-writers considered separating 'good' lobbyists from 'bad,' but concluded that was an impossible task. ... As with Puritan New England, it is in the nature of Washington to punish its Prynnes even as it remains, or pretends to be, oblivious to the Dimmesdales all around.'