Uprising on the Hill
Friday, August 1, 2008 may mark a seminal day in the intersecting history of New Media forums and American politics. The House Democratic leadership forced an abrupt action to begin its August recess in order to prevent a vote on comprehensive energy development on which scores of Democratic members were likely to defy their leadership and vote with the Republicans (and the majority of public opinion).
Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the lights, microphones and C-SPAN cameras turned off, but instead of ending the discussion, Republican members remained on the floor to argue for comprehensive energy development. Since there was no formal session, the members invited numerous tourists in the gallery to come to the floor and be a part of history in the making.
Jeff Emanuel, writing for the Red State blog, recounts Friday's events and particularly the role of new communications tools ('Twitter', blogs, etc.) Be sure to take the time to watch this 5 minute You-Tube clip from the House floor. (Remember, Nancy Pelosi does NOT want you to see this.)
Meanwhile, the energized Republicans will return to the Capitol tomorrow to continue to raise the energy issue. (Hat tip to Drudge Report) This story has barely begun to develop.