How do you cut down a shrub?
There's an old saw that project managers like to repeat. It's supposed to help inspire teams that are about to embark on huge projects:
Q. How do you eat an elephant?Well, let me suggest an update for the Impeach Bush Coalition:
A. One bite at a time.
Q. How do you cut down a shrub?
A. One senator at a time.
Getting the Word Out
That said, we do need to start making Congress aware of our presence.
Earlier this week, Bulldog provided a list of media e-mail addresses to contact. If you haven't pinged him for it already, you should do so tonight! The following is a complement to that list.
E-mail vs. Web Forms
Most members of Congress do not use traditional e-mail addresses. Instead, they capture feedback from the public via web forms. The use of web forms allows them to collect meta-data (who's sending feedback and why) and to filter out spam messages. It takes a bit longer to complete a web form than it does to send an e-mail, so prioritize your efforts.
Every form is a little different, so you'll have to wing it. Once you come up with a message, though, you can cut and paste the text into the main comment box of every form.
Who to Contact
- If you only have time to contact two people, make those two people the US Senators who represent your state. Senators pay the most attention to their own constituents, and consider messages originating from elsewhere to be a far lower priority.
- Next, contact Senators from the states directly affected by hurricane Katrina and proposed military base closings. These folks and their constituents may already be angry enough to cross well-established party lines and help support impeachment.
- Third, contact Democrat and Independent Senators, especially anyone whose name you already recognize as an outspoken critic of the Bush Administration. (Clinton, Kerry, Lieberman, and Reid would be good places to start.)
- Finally, contact everyone else that you have time to contact. Even guys like Newt Gingrich have been taking swings at the White House lately, so messages directed to Republican Senators may be worthwhile.
Be cordial, honest and brief. Your message will probably be truncated to a hard limit of 1000 characters or so and because of the volume of incoming mail, it's very unlikely that anything past the first 50-100 words or so will be read.
Dear [recipient's name],The Big Honkin' List of Links
I am a member of a group of bloggers called the Impeach Bush Coalition. In the week since this group was formed, approximately 140 blogs have joined. Our goal, of course, is the speedy impeachment of George W. Bush.
I would like to extend you an invitation to visit our site and/or endorse our efforts. Given your standing and influence among [organization or constituency], such an endorsement could prove crucial to our cause.
Our site is here: http://impeachbushcoalition.blogspot.com.
Below is a list of links to all of the US Senators in the 109th Congress -- most open to web forms at senate.gov and a handful open to traditional e-mail addresses:
|Senator's Name||Party/State||Contact Format|
|Akaka, Daniel||D - HI|
|Alexander, Lamar||R - TN||Web Form|
|Allard, Wayne||R - CO||Web Form|
|Allen, George||R - VA||Web Form|
|Baucus, Max||D - MT||Web Form|
|Bayh, Evan||D - IN||Web Form|
|Bennett, Robert||R - UT||Web Form|
|Biden, Joseph||D - DE|
|Bingaman, Jeff||D - NM|
|Bond, Christopher||R - MO||Web Form|
|Boxer, Barbara||D - CA||Web Form|
|Brownback, Sam||R - KS||Web Form|
|Bunning, Jim||R - KY||Web Form|
|Burns, Conrad||R - MT||Web Form|
|Burr, Richard||R - NC||Web Form|
|Byrd, Robert||D - WV||Web Form|
|Cantwell, Maria||D - WA||Web Form|
|Carper, Thomas||D - DE||Web Form|
|Chafee, Lincoln||R - RI||Web Form|
|Chambliss, Saxby||R - GA||Web Form|
|Clinton, Hillary||D - NY||Web Form|
|Coburn, Tom||R - OK||Web Form|
|Cochran, Thad||R - MS||Web Form|
|Coleman, Norm||R - MN||Web Form|
|Collins, Susan||R - ME||Web Form|
|Conrad, Kent||D - ND||Web Form|
|Cornyn, John||R - TX||Web Form|
|Corzine, Jon||D - NJ||Web Form|
|Craig, Larry||R - ID||Web Form|
|Crapo, Michael||R - ID||Web Form|
|Dayton, Mark||D - MN||Web Form|
|DeMint, Jim||R - SC||Web Form|
|DeWine, Mike||R - OH||Web Form|
|Dodd, Christopher||D - CT||Web Form|
|Dole, Elizabeth||R - NC||Web Form|
|Domenici, Pete||R - NM||Web Form|
|Dorgan, Byron||D - ND|
|Durbin, Richard||D - IL||Web Form|
|Ensign, John||R - NV||Web Form|
|Enzi, Michael||R - WY||Web Form|
|Feingold, Russell||D - WI||Web Form|
|Feinstein, Dianne||D - CA||Web Form|
|Frist, Bill||R - TN||Web Form|
|Graham, Lindsey||R - SC||Web Form|
|Grassley, Chuck||R - IA||Web Form|
|Gregg, Judd||R - NH||Web Form|
|Hagel, Chuck||R - NE||Web Form|
|Harkin, Tom||D - IA||Web Form|
|Hatch, Orrin||R - UT||Web Form|
|Hutchison, Kay||R - TX||Web Form|
|Inhofe, James||R - OK||Web Form|
|Inouye, Daniel||D - HI||Web Form|
|Isakson, Johnny||R - GA||Web Form|
|Jeffords, James||I - VT||Web Form|
|Johnson, Tim||D - SD||Web Form|
|Kennedy, Edward||D - MA||Web Form|
|Kerry, John||D - MA||Web Form|
|Kohl, Herb||D - WI||Web Form|
|Kyl, Jon||R - AZ||Web Form|
|Landrieu, Mary||D - LA||Web Form|
|Lautenberg, Frank||D - NJ||Web Form|
|Leahy, Patrick||D - VT|
|Levin, Carl||D - MI||Web Form|
|Lieberman, Joseph||D - CT||Web Form|
|Lincoln, Blanche||D - AR||Web Form|
|Lott, Trent||R - MS|
|Lugar, Richard||R - IN|
|Martinez, Mel||R - FL||Web Form|
|McCain, John||R - AZ||Web Form|
|McConnell, Mitch||R - KY||Web Form|
|Mikulski, Barbara||D - MD||Web Form|
|Murkowski, Lisa||R - AK||Web Form|
|Murray, Patty||D - WA||Web Form|
|Nelson, Bill||D - FL||Web Form|
|Nelson, Ben||D - NE||Web Form|
|Obama, Barack||D - IL||Web Form|
|Pryor, Mark||D - AR||Web Form|
|Reed, Jack||D - RI||Web Form|
|Reid, Harry||D - NV||Web Form|
|Roberts, Pat||R - KS||Web Form|
|Rockefeller, John||D - WV||Web Form|
|Salazar, Ken||D - CO||Web Form|
|Santorum, Rick||R - PA||Web Form|
|Sarbanes, Paul||D - MD||Web Form|
|Schumer, Charles||D - NY||Web Form|
|Sessions, Jeff||R - AL||Web Form|
|Shelby, Richard||R - AL|
|Smith, Gordon||R - OR||Web Form|
|Snowe, Olympia||R - ME|
|Specter, Arlen||R - PA||Web Form|
|Stabenow, Debbie||D - MI||Web Form|
|Stevens, Ted||R - AK||Web Form|
|Sununu, John||R - NH||Web Form|
|Talent, James||R - MO||Web Form|
|Thomas, Craig||R - WY||Web Form|
|Thune, John||R - SD||Web Form|
|Vitter, David||R - LA||Web Form|
|Voinovich, George||R - OH||Web Form|
|Warner, John||R - VA||Web Form|
|Wyden, Ron||D - OR||Web Form|