Before we get back to our story, look at the way that Mark is holding his phone in panels one and two… kind of ham-handed, don’t you think?? In fact, it’s a wonder he can here is “Ol’ Buddy” Bill, considering he is completely covering the speaker hole! Looks more like he’s handling a Walkie-Talkie than a phone…
And does Mark’s Ol’ Buddy Bill have special powers? How does he know that Mark is in DC? Caller ID perhaps?
And heavens! Look at the pillow in panel three… it’s growing! Seriously!
But oh, that Johnny Walker… It would seem that he and the Senator didn’t get the memo. One cannot be a “right hand man” and a lobbyist at once, can one? Unless I over-interpreted the title of “right hand man” as being on the Senator’s paid staff… there are laws against that, supposedly! And don’t lobbyists have to register? Yup, I think they probably do. So simply “hearing about” someone being a lobbyist would suggest that they can run around wearing more than one hat, slipping in and out of the shadows of the Senate chamber… ick.