But some have been more receptive than others, and there is a (gradually) growing recognition of the value of the blogosphere, not just in terms of its passion and numbers but also the level of substance and seriousness with which debate and analysis occurs here. The staffs and the Senators will be working throughout the weekend (which is good because, if what I have seen is any indication, they are not yet remotely ready), so perhaps there will be some additional opportunities to set up some additional meaningful meetings.
The ideas and questions and documents which I've been getting from everyone have honestly been immensely helpful, so if you have more, please keep sending them. Monday is only the first day of these hearings, not the last. There will be many other days and other witnesses, so the opportunities to have an impact on the proceedings will only increase.