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Think you are too busy to make a few GOTV phone calls?  Think again.  If Al Gore makes time to pick up a phone and get out the vote, what is your excuse?  You can call from home.  You can attend a GOTV calling party.  You can volunteer for a local campaign or Democratic office.  Just do something…don't be sorry that you didn't do more on election night.  It is crunch time, gang.

Think you don't have anything to say to potential voters about why we need a change in leadership from the rubber stamp Republicans who currently control Congress?  Think again:

Yesterday, on CNN, House Majority Leader John Boehner blamed the US military for losing the war in Iraq:

House Majority Leader John Boehner: Wolf, I understand that, but let's not blame what's happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld.

Wolf Blitzer: But he's in charge of the military.

House Majority Leader John Boehner: But the fact is the generals on the ground are in charge and he works closely with them and the president. [CNN, 11/1/06]

Given an opportunity to take back that comment, Boehner elected instead to stay the course.

A Boehner spokesman later insisted that blaming the military for losing the war is not criticizing the military.  (emphasis mine)

Yesterday, when asked about some accountability in his Administration, George Bush also guaranteed that Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld had full job security. In the Bush Administration, apparently you cannot screw up enough to get fired.

Who is to blame for the mess that is Iraq? According to the Republican Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, American soldiers are to blame.  That's right — a man who had a hand in covering up the Mark Foley mess, but passed the buck to Denny Hastert would now like you to blame the soldiers on the ground in Iraq, risking life and limb, rather than holding George Bush, their Commander in Chief and Donald Rumsfeld, the Defense Secretary, accountable for their piss poor planning and failures of leadership. 

Does anyone in the Republican party leadership ever stand up and take responsibility for any of their failures?  Ever?  Where is Osama?  Escalating chaos in Iraq?  Katrina?  Undermining our Constitutional rights in order to seize more executive power and privilege?  War profiteering?  Criminal corruption investigations, guilty pleas and indictments throughout the Republican-controlled Congress and members of the Bush Administration?  Anyone?

Had enough? Vote for Democrats. And get everyone you know to do the same.  The time for accountability for George Bush and his enabling rubber stamp Republican cronies is now.  If you need a further kick in the pants on this, watch this YouTube and tell me it isn't high time for a change in Washington. 

And then take a peek at this, and tell me you don't hunger for something better than what we are getting from George Bush and the Republican leadership.  We deserve better, we deserve leadership and accountability — and we have to do the work if we want to win.  Five days and counting gang — let's get to work!

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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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