For anyone hyped about calling Rep. Jim Matheson regarding health care reform, try back later. Same goes for any of Utah's congressman.
That busy signal you're hearing on the other end of the line is not a duck-and-hide strategy by the federal delegation, despite what a couple of callers to City Weekly suggested. It is simply an overwhelmed U.S. House switchboard.
In fact, Matheson sent out a tweet yesterday saying:
Due to high volume of calls on health care, House switchboard is getting jammed. In case of a busy signal, call back. Or send email.
The jammed phones are continuing today, and probably will until the vote on health care reform is completed. Thus, the above linked e-mail is an option (and just as effective as shouting No! or Yes! at a frazzled receptionist), as is sending him a note through his Twitter account. (Yes, his staff monitors Twitter.)
The rest of the delegation, who is not receiving as much attention because they have all decided where they stand on health care (No! No! No! No! No!), can still be reached through virtual means, as well.
What I wouldn't suggest as way to get a message to Matheson: A staged die-in.
And for anyone looking for a way to kill time while holding, enjoy a little "Jail" by
... wait for it ... Busy Signal. That's right, I can use the search
function on YouTube like ragga-star.