On Friday, Nevada MoveOn members got this action alert:
Last night, Sen. Harry Reid gave George W. Bush a blank check for endless war in Iraq--supporting the same bill that just days earlier Reid called "weak tea."
Reid needs to know we're disappointed--we expect stronger leadership from him, not weakness.
Can you send Harry Reid a bag of "weak tea" and a letter telling him your opinion of last night's vote?
And MoveOn members came through...and better yet, it did not escape the notice of the media:
WaPo: Activists declared they would remain focused on Republicans but would hold Democrats accountable. Television advertisements, financed by an antiwar coalition, will target Sens. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), both up for reelection next year. And MoveOn organizers said Democrats also are likely to see skirmishes in their districts. MoveOn asked its members Friday to send Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) protest letters in the form of tea bags, reminders that he had called the Iraq bill "weak tea" before he voted for it.
"This is not partisan anymore. This is not about staying away from Democrats to make them look good or attacking all Republicans to make them look bad," said Susan Shaer, co-chairman of the Win Without War coalition. "We don't care who you are or whether we usually like you. This vote was wrong."
Similar coverage at CNN, LA Times Wire, Politico, and the Las Vegas Sun. These are the kind of progressive actions we need to escalate to make sure we pierce the bubble surrounding the "inside-the-Beltway" crowd. I've put a few emails out to the offices of some representatives and I promise you that they are stung by the backlash. Let's make sure they remember that.