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My critics claim that I'm more psycho than psychic, but I'll predict that if my congressman calls the show today he'll act like everything's okay between us, that he's happy to talk with me and that he's in good spirits all around even though the 17th congressional district and the world is falling apart.
Matt Cartwright is a multi-millionaire lawyer who didn't get the big bank account by exerting uncompromising intransigence.
That doesn't mean he likes putting on a happy face. It just means that somebody somewhere in his political circle of friends decided that my frontal assault on his lackluster performance might one day take a toll.
Not now, of course.
Cartwright's opponent in the November election is not a threat.
Cartwright can't lose.
Money and special interests have circled him and now hover like our worst bad angels to protect him and their best interests – not ours, not his, but theirs.
But the time might come when Cartwright really wants to get something done and my negative press could hurt his chances.
My theory is that once I threatened to tell his Capitol Hill colleagues about his timid behavior, he worried that Democrats might tag him as just another coal cracker jester rather than an aspiring button-down lawmaker with a long starched congressional career ahead of him.
For whatever the reason, Cartwright is supposed to call the show this afternoon. Press secretary Shane Seaver, who for months ignored my emails, phone calls and messages sent through third parties, quickly emailed yesterday that Cartwright was on his way to Washington where votes awaited but that he planned to call the show today.
I had sent an earlier email outlining my offensive – and I can be offensive. I also left a detailed voicemail – my second – for Hunter Ridgway, Cartwright's Washington chief of staff
I explained that I was planning to picket congressman's Scranton office, produce a gonzo Corbettcam video to post online for the whole world to see and offer interviews to Washington correspondents about Cartwright blackballing me at a time when journalism is under attack and considered a crime around the world.
Cartwright has turned into an anchor of democracy – around the necks of the people he serves. And it's time for him to be publicly responsive to legitimate questions so we can decide if he deserves re-election.
That's why I started a new segment on the show last week called "Ask The Congressman," where each day until the November election I email a question to Seaver that I expect Cartwright to answer either in writing or on the air. Some questions are mine and some questions are yours. Each day I will announce - while "Hail to the Chief" plays in the background - whether Cartwright has responded to our inquiries.
We need to see how the congressman handles the simple pressure of responding to a fundamental cornerstone of the job – public accountability.
Of course, with no real opposition, Cartwright will win in November. But maybe one day he'll worry that he won't. Then he'll need all the help he can get.
Back when Cartwright first ran – an underdog nobody married to a massive law firm, challenging a veteran Democrat who establishment Democrats unquestioningly supported - nobody backed him more than I did. He showed up on my show so much that he started to look like a co-host. And, oh, did he like me – patronizingly complimenting me by saying, "You could make a ham sandwich sound interesting."
Aw, shucks, Matt.
And so it went.
Until the day I asked him on the air to help us get the name of a convicted Democratic Party warlord removed from a public park to be replaced with the name of an American hero who died in combat in Afghanistan.
Cartwright stammered and refused. Political fear came through loud and clear. But we eventually succeeded in getting degenerate admitted federal felon Bob Mellow's name removed from the park.
And then Cartwright stopped answering questions.
I approached him at the St. Patrick's Day parade and offered a truce. We made small talk and he told me about the congressional yoga class he and his colleagues attend because the instructor looks better than Harry Reid.
And that was it.
All communication ceased until yesterday.
Cartwright is a member of an elite club, a group that seems to distance itself more and more from the people it serves. Cartwright and his gang members need to be reminded regularly that public service must serve the public, that congressmen and congresswomen must work for us and respond to us whether they like it or not.
Because if they don't, the merry-go-round might one day stop for each member of congress who takes for granted the people whose lives they impact and often abandon.
Cartwright entered the ring as a spoiler. And he won. But what he did to Tim Holden somebody might one day do to him.
Democracy is a messy business. Good government and an aggressive press both must be about comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.
That's why even if Cartwright does talk with us this afternoon in a polite, professional interview I still might picket his office.