House

Call In the Bulldog

Ed Haas is on the money when he rallies everyone to contact new House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

However, it is important to also call in the bulldog. Without getting help from the bulldog, Pelosi will never listen.

Who's the bulldog?

Congressman Henry Waxman.

Waxman may be a super-nerdy looking guy, but he is the bulldog of investigations in the House. Even when there was no chance of criminal prosecutions due to the political make-up of the House, Waxman methodically documented wrongdoing in multiple areas and issued numerous, well-documented reports of wrongdoing.

Indeed, the scoop from Republican insiders before the election was that the biggest fear was Waxman being in the majority party, since he is such an investigative bulldog (the other main fear was Conyers being in the majority party in the Senate and initiating impeachment proceedings).

While contacting Pelosi is vital, she will not lift a finger unless Waxman tells her it is a vital issue with abundant evidence of wrongdoing. He's the guy who digs up the dirt, and he's been champing at the bit for years to bring criminal investigations against the wrongdoers in Washington. Light a fire under Waxman about 9/11, and he will light a fire under the House leadership.