In a letter to the King, the 19 Congress persons said: "N ineteen members of the U.S. Congress have written to Bahrain's king to call for the release of prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who is currently serving a three-month jail sentence for making anti-government statements on Twitter.
Signatories inljuded Keith Ellison, who organized the project, and Patrick Leahy, JohnConyers, Ron Wyden, Rau Grijalva, Alcee Hastings, Rush Holt, Michael Honda, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Carol Maloney, Jim McDermott, P. McGove, P. Moran, John Oliver, and Charles Wrangel.
Several other prominent rights groups including U.S.-based Human Rights First have also called for his release. They included the Congressional bloc known as the Tom Lantos Human Rights Group.
But I suspect the King will ignore these pleas. Instead, he will conjure up some magical new law -- or abolish one -- that gives Bahrainis cause for hope.
This is PR 101.