A fellow who thought of himself as a political reformer approached a friend of mine, a former legislator, one January to ask for support for a large group that planned to visit to the Roundhouse during the legislative session.
“Whom do you plan to talk to?” my friend asked.
“Everyone,” the man replied.
“What do you plan to talk about?” my friend asked.
In other words, advocacy for general principles, not specific bills.
Whoops! Bad plan, bad timing. The gentleman was wasting his time and proposed to waste other people’s time as well.