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I got this e-mail from RevDeb and Susan last night.  They’ve been having problems posting from the hotel, and wanted me to tell everyone hi from Connecticut.  But it was this part of the e-mail that I wanted to share with everyone this morning:

We’re going to bed early—have a 4:30 am wake-up call to get out to the polls by 6 and stand and hand out stuff for Ned. It’s going to be a VERY long day.

We have such amazing readers on this blog.  And I could not be more proud of each and every one of you.  Some of you have been working your butts off on the ground in Connecticut or calling via the phone banking, and you are nothing short of amazing.  And for everyone who has given via ActBlue or through our PayPal link or just given of themselves in the comments and helped us refine a message point or bouyed tired spirits or whatever…well, thank you.  Very much. 

Whatever happens with the election results today, this election has been a wake-up call for a number of folks in and out of the DC Bubble.  We see it in the flummoxed expressions of the national media covering the race, who are struggling to come to terms with the fact that ordinary Americans are fed up with the status quo in politics right now.  We see it in the real questions that Senators were asking just last week of Donald Rumsfeld — real, honest questions for once.

You think that would have happened had Joe Lieberman not faced the fight of his political life?  And you think the American public isn’t hungry for more of that?  On any number of issues?  I know I am, and I’m sure a lot of you are as well.  It’s called balance of powers, and Joe Lieberman has had his thumb on the scales, skewing the weights toward the Bush Adminstration for long enough, while trying to cloak himself in the veneer of a false bipartisanship.  Well, I say enough. 

And whether or not Lamont or Lieberman are ultimately the winner today, notice has been served on every member of Congress and on the Bush Administration that we are not content to sit back and allow them to take care of us any longer.  We are watching what they do in Washington, and we are not happy with their decided lack of results.  Fear does not work any longer as the single motivating factor — and whether it is anger or disgust or sorrow at where our country has been heading, we are not going to sit passively by and hope for the best any longer.

We the people…are going to BE the change.  Get used to it, get on board, or get out of the way.  Because we have had enough.

If you live in Connecticut, or have relatives there, the Lamont campaign has put together a handy tool to help find the appropriate polling place for voting.  They’ve also put together a handy "e-mail friends and family" page for you to send out an e-mail reminder to go and vote for Ned.

We want accountability.  We want honesty.  And above all else, we want them all to remember that they work for us — not the other way around — and they forget that at their peril.  Because ultimately, it is the American public that holds the cards in this poker game…and we are NOT folding, whether we win this hand or not.  Now get out there and vote!

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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