Aug. 15, 2008
Returned to the House floor yesterday to watch the Republican "speech-in" demanding a vote from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on energy. The crowds was at least four times the crowd I saw last week and while there are a few tourists in shorts and sandals it was great to see parents bringing their children, all dressed appropriately for the historic surroundings.
The Republicans have been getting a lot of favorable press on the story (including here, here, here, here, here here, here, and here as just a few of too many examples to list.) Even the Senate is getting in on the action. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Ola.) has asked people to send him their gas receipts so he can deliver them to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) So far he has received over 750 receipts totaling to $37,996.78.
My favorite story comes from Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.) who is traveling his district asking people to sign a petition asking for a vote. At one stop, all caught
on camera, an elderly man interrupts Rep. Hensarling demanding to sign the petition because "All I want to do is get my signature on here. That Pelosi woman is nuts." You can watch the video here.
Are the efforts having the desired effect? Some Democrats are wavering on their position like Rep. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) Speaker Pelosi at first indicated she would back down, but now in true fashion is backing away from that and putting qualifiers on her statements. We had sent out an alert for people to contact the Speaker but as of this morning the e-mail account the Speaker set-up for ordinary citizens to contact her has been disabled. You can still call her at 202-225-0100.