The clip comes from Friday’s raucous impromptu session; today’s protest was more muted, but no matter. The real audience isn’t in the chamber: “It’s great for the base, and we needed to do something for them.” Note well the specific mention of the blogosphere at the very end here. The most striking thing about the GOP’s stunt isn’t the stunt itself, which will blow over in a few days now that it’s done its job of focusing attention on Pelosi’s recalcitrance, but the deliberate attempt by the organizers to leverage new media to spread the word. In five years of reading and writing blogs, I can’t think of a more dramatic example of Republicans reaching out to conservatives online. No wonder Ruffini’s excited. Here’s hoping they keep it up. Click the image to watch.