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The response to Thursday's dairy, My Meeting w/Nancy Pelosi's Deputy District Director, was great. I'd like to thank all of those who recommended and commented on that diary.

In reply to my Open Thread comment 30 seconds on the rec list, lisastar asked if I could do a condensed version, pulling the essential points from that diary. As a Cliff's Notes version of Thursday's diary, I think I've been able to cut it to about half the length while retaining the essential action points and adding a detail and a couple of links.

In this revised diary, I am leaving out the bulk of the reference links in favor of keeping it as brief and to the point as possible. For the longer, more detailed narrative, more context and resource links, please see Thursday’s diary.

Brief Summary
On Tuesday, August 14th, I spent about thirty minutes speaking with Nancy Pelosi’s Deputy District Director, Melanie. We spoke mainly about impeachment, and I was impressed with how open she was to my message. While as we know, Speaker Pelosi does not yet believe impeachment is necessary, Melanie did make a point of bringing up that Speaker Pelosi had been quoted in the news saying that if she weren't Speaker, she would probably be pressing for impeachment herself. As Speaker, and I believe with the rest of the Democratic leadership, Pelosi genuinely feels that the best route for the country and the best way to uphold her oath of office to the Constitution is to move legislation forward and continue with oversight hearings to hold the administrator accountable. The biggest surprise I had from the meeting was that the Speaker did not perceive herself to be standing in the way of impeachment by taking it of the table. I feel this and the view that passing legislation and holding oversight hearings are sufficient are part of a Washington bubble. I do feel that it is possible to breach that bubble, but we need to be informed and remain persistent. In asking Melanie specifically what it would take to get impeachment investigations going, she replied that having 100 representatives sign on to an impeachment resolution would be sufficient.

To Do
I came away from my meeting with Melanie with three clear To Do items.

  1. ID Targets
  1. Evaluate & Critique claimed success and failures
  1. Recruit & Mobilize

ID Targets
I was given a clear goal, 100, of representatives needed to sign on to impeachment for an impeachment hearing to move forward. We need to go out and find those representatives. Call, write, and set up appointments with your representative during this recess. Find out where he or she stands on the question of impeachment. Have they already signed on to H. Res. 333? Ask how we can help them get more of their colleagues on board. Are they on the fence, but persuadable? What information or arguments to they need to be persuaded? Are they opposed to Bush and Cheney, but not in favor of impeachment? Find out what it would take to change their mind. Don't give up. EmilyD was influential in getting Ellen Tauscher to change her position with regard to impeaching Gonzales. Whether your rep has a (D), an (R), or an (I) following their name, we need to establish who are most likely persuadable. I think we especially need to find moderate Republican targets who are persuadable.

Contact your CongressCritter (House)
Find your representatives contact info at Congress.org or via the House Directory (less user friendly in my opinion).

In yesterday’s comments, buhdydharma suggested starting with the Progressive Caucus, some of whom have already signed on to H. Res. 333. Those that have already signed on are in bold on the list below.


     
Lynn Woolsey (CA-6)
Barbara Lee (CA-9)
Diane Watson (CA-33)
Raul Grijalva (AZ-7)
Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)
Hilda Solis (CA-32)
Mazie Hirono (HI-2)
Phil Hare (IL-17)
Neil Abercrombie (HI-1)
Tammy Baldwin (WI-2)
Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Madeleine Bordallo (GU)
Robert Brady (PA-1)
Corrine Brown (FL-3)
Michael Capuano (MA-8)
Julia Carson (IN-7)
Donna Christensen (VI)
Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
William "Lacy" Clay (MO-1)
Steve Cohen (TN-9)
John Conyers (MI-14)
Elijah Cummings (MD-7)
Danny Davis (TN-1)
Peter DeFazio (OR-4)
Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)
Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Sam Farr (CA-17)
Chaka Fattah (PA-2)
Bob Filner (CA-51)
Barney Frank (MA-4)
Luis Gutierrez (IL-4)
John Hall (NY-19)
Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Michael Honda (CA-15)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-2)
Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hank Johnson (GA-4)
Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH-11)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-9)
Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
Tom Lantos (CA-12)
John Lewis (CA-41)
David Loebsack (IA-2)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-4)
Ed Markey (MA-7)
Jim McDermott (WA-7)
James McGovern (MA-3)
George Miller (CA-7)
Gwen Moore (WI-4)
Jerrold Nadler (KS-1)
Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC)
John Olver (MA-1)
Ed Pastor (AZ-4)
Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Bobby Rush (IL-4)
Linda Sanchez (CA-39)
Jan Schakowsky (IL-9)
Jose Serrano (NY-16)
Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Pete Stark (CA-13)
Bennie Thompson (MS-2)
John Tierney (MA-6)
Tom Udall (CO-2)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Mel Watt (NC-12)
Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Peter Welch (VT)

Other H. Res. 333 Co-Sponsors
James Moran (VA-8), Russell Wynn (MD-4)

Evaluate & Critique
The Democratic leadership believes their legislative agenda will make genuine progress for the country. We need to evaluate and critique the claimed successes and failures of the 110th Congress. We need to understand the strengths and limitations of these claims in a way that we can easily convey to other voters, and also to representatives who come to us with arguments against impeachment based on "successes" talking points. I think we need to look at the first 100 hours and the first 100 days, and honestly evaluate the consequences of legislation that has passed, failed, and/or been vetoed. Thursday's diary has several links to the legislative agenda in it's Evaluate & Critique section. With this information, we will have another tool to breach the Washington bubble.


Recruit & Mobilize

We need to recruit. Join one of the Enough protests taking place every Sunday across the country, or start one of your own. Participate in Orange Fridays. Join a demonstrations September 15th and September 21st.

It doesn't matter if you're alone to begin with. You can read up on the Enough campaign in the diaries here. Several DailyKos members, including yours truly, have gone out on their own.

Enough: Going Solo
Diarists talk about protesting alone
How was your "Enough!" rally? by Nancy in LA
Todays Enough Protest Week Two by Wino
Todays ENOUGH Protest Week three by Wino
Todays Enough protest week four by Wino
Enough SF - Solo Edition by forbodyandmind (me)
and a few more soloists from comments: KayCeSF, donjo, DonnaZ,   and ljm.

Organizing Resources
When we talk to our representatives or even when we're protesting and recruiting, we should be organized and informed. Here’s how I organized the binder that I left for Speaker Pelosi. For specifics on the contents see Thursday’s Resources section.

The Binder Contents

  1. DailyKos Diaries
  1. Editorial Cartoons
  1. Prominent Impeachment Articles/Columns
  1. Impeachment Resolutions List
  1. Impeachment FAQs

I've put other thoughts about getting organized in a previous diary here.

What's at Stake
Vice President Cheney has been at the heart of the worst abuses of this administration: the generation of false and misleading evidence to promote the Iraq war, the outing a covert CIA agent as political retaliation against someone who publicly contradicted the administration war narrative, the mismanagement and absolute failure to plan for the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, the extreme levels of secrecy of the administration (for example, the secret energy commission), warrantless wiretapping (see drational and Kagro X for stories implicating the VP and President), and most recently the relentless beating of the war drums toward Iran.

For the past several months, at least, the Bush/Cheney administration has been gradually ratcheting up the rhetoric with regard to Iran. From what media coverage there is, it seems that Cheney is the one pressing this case.
See:
BREAKING: Hi ho hi ho it's off to Iran we go by jkb246
The Washington Note, May 24th
Cheney Attempting to Constrain Bush's Choices on Iran... by Steven Clemons
The New York Times, June 2nd
Rice Plays Down Hawkish Talk About Iran by Helene Cooper
Why the hell the administration is so determined to energize and empower terrorists is completely beyond me. What would happen with China and Russia in the event of any attack on Iran? Aside from cementing their abuses in place if they are not called to account, the Bush/Cheney administration, led by Cheney and his minions certainly seem to be doing everything they can to set the table for WWIII. It's time to set a different table.

[update]rrheard posted a diary discussing Iran right after this diary went up.

Originally posted to forbodyandmind on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 12:34 PM PDT.

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  •  It occured to me after your kast diary (13+ / 0-)

    That needing 100 Reps is BS.

    50 LOUD ones would do it!

    Another worthy project is getting the Reps who have Co-sponsored the Gonzales H Res. (589?) to Co-sponsor 333 and vice versa....that this has not happened...at leas that all the 333 people have not signed on to impeach Gonzo...is a tad bizarre.

    Keep up the good work!

    •  Co-Sponsors of H. Res. 589 (6+ / 0-)

      I think I'v been able to i.d. the overlap in bold, but I may have missed some. It is surprisingly low.


                 
      Inslee [WA-1]
      Arcuri [NY-24]
      Becerra [CA-31]
      Blumenauer [OR-3]
      Braley [IA-1]
      Chandler [KY-6]
      Clarke [NY-11]
      Cohen [TN-9]
      DeFazio [OR-4]
      Ellison [MN-5]
      Hooley [OR-5]
      Johnson [GA-4]
      McCollum [MN-4]
      Moore [KS-3]
      Udall [NM-3]
      Wu [OR-1]
      Baldwin [WI-2]
      Berkley [NV-1]
      Frank [MA-4]
      Grijalva [AZ-7]
      Tauscher [CA-10]
      Bishop [NY-1]
      Maloney [NY-14]
      Pastor [AZ-4]
      Perlmutter [CO-7]
      Holt [NJ-12]
      McGovern [MA-3]
      Ackerman [NY-5])

      To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

      by forbodyandmind on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 01:15:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Easy pickings (3+ / 0-)
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        kamarvt, forbodyandmind, CA Nana

        Looks like 14 Reps have signed on to Impeach Bush who have not signed on to impeach AG AG. Get them on board to impeach the AG first, and you'd have an immediate 50% increase in that group of impeachers, and show momentum. Then you'd start to benefit from the "safety in numbers" factor, that "everybody is doing it," to sign up still others.

        Seems like the easiest route to impeachment is through AG AG. Gonzales is the weak underbelly of the beast. Break through the bluff of "executive privilege" and start getting the documentation of the crimes that AG AG was part of, and pretty soon the case against Bush makes itself.

        Now only 28 members are signed on to impeach Gonzales. Add the 14 ready to impeach Bush himself and you have 42 ready to challenge him, about a fifth of the Democrats in the House.

        •  my one concern with impeaching Gonzales (1+ / 0-)
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          is that he is serving as both a distraction and a firewall. I'd prefer to see a rapid perjury investigation & conviction.

          With the time we have, we may only get one shot at impeachment before they're out of office. To me, Cheney is the target who has done the most damage to the Constitution and our national security (not to minimize AG AG's considerable contributions). If Cheney falls, the path of the Administration is repudiated. If instead Gonzales is removed via impeachment, a) he can be replaced by another puppet who acts as a new firewall and further runs out the clock, and b) the politics of impeachment may come to the fore as Republicans huddle together in fear even while condemning Gonzales.

          Cheney is certainly a harder target, but the more critical one I think. If we're able to get Cheney before they're out of office, we may have enough momentum to impeach and convict Bush even after he's gone.

          To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

          by forbodyandmind on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 03:27:55 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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            forbodyandmind

            Cheney is the more critical target and 54% of Americans already want him impeached (well, that poll number may be up since the airing and re-run of Moyers' conversation with Nichols and Fein, and so might the 45% that want Bush impeached).

            In order to keep from being stuck with Cheney as pretzelnit, he should be impeached first, with Bush a close second.  If our Reps would only get started on the process, both could be impeached within a year, with time enough left over for intense presidential campaigning.  The Clinton impeachment only took a very few months; there's really no reason to drag out impeachment proceedings for Cheney or Bush, since the evidence has already been collected... getting our Reps to act is the biggest hurdle.  I think once the proceedings started and IF Lamestream Media finally focused on and talked about the lies, war crimes, and other high crimes and misdemeanors, there would be a groundswell of support for Congress (with the bonus that if Congress Critters want their poll numbers to rise, they would be seen as actually accomplishing something for a change, not just caving in to the spoiled brat every time he has a hissy fit, and their poll numbers would go up).

            That Gonzales should be impeached is also true; PubliCons might even force the issue and pressure DimWit to get him to resign, since he has quite clearly lied under oath and obstructed investigations, but impeaching Gonzales would be a distraction from the more necessary impeachment of Cheney/Bush, and I'm afraid politicians would mumble platitudes that we need to 'move on' with other 'stuff' and not impeach the two who lied repeatedly to start an illegal war.  They need to be impeached first.

            "War is contempt for life." To Youth/Nordahl Grieg

            by NonnyO on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 05:34:24 PM PDT

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  •  very constructive diary (6+ / 0-)

    The administration is out of control, and the Dem's need to unify. This is helpful on many levels.
    We don't need to make this into a bandwagon, but if its not done it could turn into a funeral march for the country.

  •  Great diary, thank you forbodyandmind. (5+ / 0-)
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    Alma, YetiMonk, forbodyandmind, NonnyO, feline

    Well done!

  •  How about the Reps (2+ / 0-)
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    forbodyandmind, feline

    that voted against FISA?  Any that aren't part of the Progressive Caucus?

    •  Here's the Roll Call (2+ / 0-)
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      Alma, forbodyandmind

      FISA House Vote

      for cross-reference

      •  Each one reach one (2+ / 0-)
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        forbodyandmind, feline

        Another approach could be to ask each of the Reps who has signed on to get a colleague to join him/her.

        Since this thread is into lists, here's the Hispanic Caucus and the Black Caucus. Many of the brave signers of one or the other of the impeachment resolutions are members of these caucuses, with considerable overlap to the Progressive Caucus too. If they got most of the other members to join them, those would be some significant numbers.

        Black Caucus
        Sanford Bishop, GA-2
        Corrine Brown, FL-3
        G. K. Butterfield, NC-1
        Julia Carson, IN-7
        Delegate Donna Christian-Christensen, Virgin Islands
             (non voting delegate)
        Yvette Clarke, NY-11
        William Lacy Clay, Jr., MO-1
        Emanuel Cleaver, MO-5
        Jim Clyburn, SC-6
        John Conyers, Jr., MI-14
        Elijah Cummings, MD-7
        Artur Davis, AL-7
        Danny K. Davis, IL-7
        Keith Ellison, MN-5
        Chaka Fattah, PA-2
        Al Green, TX-9
        Alcee Hastings, FL -23
        Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., IL-2
        William J. Jefferson, LA-2
        Eddie Bernice Johnson, TX-30
        Hank Johnson, GA-4
        Stephanie Tubbs Jones, OH-11
        Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, MI-13
        Barbara Lee, CA-9
        Sheila Jackson Lee, TX-18
        John Lewis, GA-5
        Kendrick Meek, FL-17
        Gregory Meeks, NY-6
        Gwen Moore, WI-4
        Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC
             (non voting delegate)
        Donald M. Payne, NJ-10
        Charles B. Rangel, NY-15
        Bobby Rush, IL-1
        Bobby Scott, VA-3
        David Scott, GA-13
        Bennie Thompson, MS-2
        Edolphus Towns, NY-10
        Maxine Waters, CA-35
        Diane Watson, CA-33
        Mel Watt, NC-12
        Albert Wynn, MD-4

        Hispanic Caucus
        Lucille Roybal-Allard, CA-34
        Joe Baca, CA-43
        Xavier Becerra, CA-31
        Dennis Cardoza, CA-18
        Jim Costa, CA-20
        Henry Cuellar, TX-28
        Charles A. Gonzalez, TX-20
        Gene Green, TX-29
        Raul Grijalva, AZ-7
        Luis V. Gutierrez, IL-4
        Rubén Hinojosa, TX-15
        Grace Napolitano, CA-38
        Solomon Ortiz, TX-27
        Ed Pastor, AZ-4
        Silvestre Reyes, TX-16
        Ciro Rodriguez, TX-23
        John Salazar, CO-3
        José Serrano, NY-16
        Albio Sires, NJ-13
        Hilda Solis, CA-32
        Nydia Velázquez, NY-12

        Note how some state delegations seem to stick together. The Texas Hispanics no doubt see impeachment of Gonzales as a real hot potato. Many of them originally, and probably many of their low-info constituents today, were proud of the first Hispanic AG coming from their state. So none of the five TX Hispanics are signed on. (But two Hispanics from AZ are in it together.) Might be easier to get the TX Hispanics (well, not DINO Cuellar, never) to support H Res 333.

  •  Thanks for the new version (4+ / 0-)
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    Alma, On The Bus, forbodyandmind, NonnyO

    the old one was good, too!

    Glad that the Progressive Caucus and signers lists were added.

    I think this is one of the most important action diaries going.

  •  Sorry - but (1+ / 0-)
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    Dems won't hold impeachment hearings because it would harm Hillary's presidential ambitions. The media would be comparing BushCo impeachment with Clinton's - and air pics of Bill and Monica 24/7. The representatives signing the bill may appease their supporters - but they know impeachment will never happen. IMHO

    Support Fox News - vote Hillary/Murdoch08

    by annefrank on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 01:38:13 PM PDT

    •  we need to show (8+ / 0-)

      that not impeaching would have more serious consequences than impeaching. difficult, yes, but far from impossible. Even if it is impossible, it's an effort I feel obligated to make.

      To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

      by forbodyandmind on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 01:52:33 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  The problem is negative reinforcement. Try this: (1+ / 0-)
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        forbodyandmind

        Instead of scaring the congresscritters, try a carrot: more time in office, more power, more status, more seniority.

        Start with that. They are motivated, as are all socialized humans, by status: what other people say to them, and what gets reported back to them by friends.

        I won't got into the deep evolutionary psychology of it, since the audience here is pretty sharp on this stuff, but always remember that it's more pleasant to act for status instead of in fear.

        Pelosi has enough fear, but not much encouragement. Encourage her. She's a high-society mom. Think on that.

        Maybe she'll say one day, while plucking her eyebrows, "Maybe I should try this impeachment thing, so those loud people on the Internet will be nice to me!"

        Accountability: the ultimate Progressive Value...

        by ormondotvos on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 04:48:15 PM PDT

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      •  Oh - I agree with impeachment (1+ / 0-)
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        forbodyandmind

        I just don't see the Dems willing to replay Bill's impeachment while his wife is running for prez.

        Support Fox News - vote Hillary/Murdoch08

        by annefrank on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 07:29:41 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I'm saddened that none of the NJ (4+ / 0-)

    delegation is in the progressive caucus.

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    My cat is smarter than that.

    FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 01:56:02 PM PDT

  •  torridjoe has diary on creating a vivid picture (1+ / 0-)
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    Nightprowlkitty

    Elizabeth Edwards and the Case for Impeachment. I think it's a good addition for helping us break through with both our reps and other voters.

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

    by forbodyandmind on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 02:17:03 PM PDT

  •  I just noticed (1+ / 0-)
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    NonnyO

    EX writer has a related diary that went up near the same time mine did.

    NY Times Op-eds: Cohen: Impeach Gonzales; Rich: Run, Rove, run!

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

    by forbodyandmind on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 03:59:32 PM PDT

  •  Absolutely splendid! Thanks for doing the (2+ / 0-)
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    forbodyandmind, NonnyO

    hard work to move impeachment a bit further forward.

  •  How can the legislative agenda make (1+ / 0-)
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    forbodyandmind

    any headway when it will just be filibustered in the Senate and then vetoed by Bush? "Well we tried but the Repubs just . . . ". Impeachment is the only answer - first Gonzales (and this may be all that's needed), then Cheney, then Bush.  

    •  exactly (0+ / 0-)

      that perspective is what we need to be able to demonstrate to our representatives and especially the Dem leadership that are holding up impeachment investigations

      To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men. Abraham Lincoln

      by forbodyandmind on Sat Aug 18, 2007 at 05:46:44 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I don't think (1+ / 0-)
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      forbodyandmind

      It has to be about actually impeaching them as having the discussion.  A warning, if you will, to correct the abuses of executive power.  It will bring a great discussion about impeachment and the wrongs being committed in the constitution home to every American (and others in the global community).  

      This is crucial, in my opinion.  As John Nichols says, "it's not about the present.  It's about the future."

      Thanks for bring up this topic!  

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