Medea Benjamin complains that Nancy Pelosi makes time to meet with Democratic coffee klatches and "high-dollar donors" but won't meet with activists from Benjamin's CODEPINK. My response:
The Democrats generally (and Nancy Pelosi in particular) learned that they could ignore people like CODEPINK generally (and Medea Benjamin in particular) in 2004, when progressives made it eminently clear that they would vote for a Democrat who was as bad as (or worse than) George Bush on the most crucial issues--especially Iraq. Medea Benjamin was right at the forefront of this complete surrender of power to the Democrats, openly campaigning for progressives to vote for Kerry and working to prevent the Green Party from nominating Nader and Camejo. She put all of her efforts in 2004 into guaranteeing the ascendancy of conservative Democrats, and--as a direct result--undermining progressive causes and weakening the Green Party, perhaps fatally.
So if Nancy Pelosi won't meet with you now, Medea, it's because she knows that there's absolutely no need for her to do so. You can sputter all you want about how "Pelosi has alienated CODEPINK and most of the peace movement" and how "disillusioned" you are, but you've already proven that in the only place that Democrats care about what you do--the voting booth--you're willing to sacrifice your principles and give them your support, no matter how bad a candidate they offer you. They have no reason to believe that you won't do it again in 2008. As far as they're concerned, you're just crying wolf.
So you can sit outside Pelosi's house as long as you want, and she'll continue to ignore you for just as long. You've voluntarily surrendered the only leverage you had over her and the Democrats. And the only way you'll ever be effective again is by acknowledging that mistake, realizing just how damaging it was, and doing what it takes to make it right.