29 September 2008,
the day the Internet was validated as more influential than the
People discovered that to “Change Congress,” you simply need a ballot
box – or the threat of one.
All this was reflected on political sites, forums and blogs – but not a
hint of this sentiment was expressed by the professional media. So when
Congress rejected the Bill on that Monday, America’s punditocracy expressed
its shock. It also reported that the markets were “astonished” – the
markets being presumed to have a better grasp of what American citizens
want than American citizens themselves.
All week, the media had refrained from comment that might embarrass the
political class. In fact, the first professional column I read which was
reflected the true feelings of many US citizens around me was written
from 3,500 miles away and published in London’s Sunday Times.
Acting swiftly, the House prevented the crash yesterday:
“The House of Representatives is currently experiencing an extraordinarily high amount of e-mail traffic. The Write Your Representative function is therefore intermittently available. While we realize communicating to your Members of Congress is critical, we suggest attempting to do so at a later time, when demand is not so high. System engineers are working to resolve this issue and we appreciate your patience.”