As Byron York has noted, Trump has been turning on K street and the lobbying business on the eve of the New Hampshire primary. Fivethirtyeight.com gives him a 71 – 77% chance of winning the primary. To say Bernie Sanders is against lobbying is to engage in needless repetition. According to the wonks at fivethirtyeight.com, Sanders has a 99% chance of winning the state’s primary.

While New Hampshire is not South Carolina – or Nevada – railing against corporate interests and their influence in Washington has been unusually great business, poll-wise, in 2016. The question is whether the Granite State primary will be the last seething shout of an angry electorate before the more influential following primaries; whose constituencies will go about deciding the nominee for each party.

But it’s not just voters who are mad. Why Frank Luntz – who has done more than a little heavy lifting in helping the GOP shape their stories for a few years now – got an earful from by an angry donor, whose candidate is not where that donor feels he should be in the polls. So of course, it’s Frank’s fault.

It has been a mantra of modern and post-modern politics that anger on the part of a candidate usually backfires – especially with help from the media. You lose your temper, you lose the debate/press conference/whatever-the-hell it is you’re trying to accomplish. And you lose the election in the end.

While it is a commonly-held opinion on tone as much as it is on substance, maybe this time around candidates can get away with a little more anger. Whether they can get away with debate-stage attacks – on the other hand – will be seen in Christie’s New Hampshire results.

It’s long been past the point where you could keep track of how many photos of Trump looking bombastically angry have filled the media landscape and headed stories about Trump’s supposed ridiculousness. So far, it hasn’t hurt him significantly, if much at all. So in 2016, maybe it’s ok for a candidate like Trump or Sanders to be – or seem to be – really, really p’ed off. As long as they chose their targets consistently. They don’t even have to be careful. Just consistent. At least that’s what lots of voters in both parties seem to be telling them so far. That the influence of lobbies and big business in Washington has people furious. Will the anger last?

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