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August 08, 2006

The Political World is Changed Forever

"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."  Christy Hardin Smith has a great post up at Firedoglake talking about the impact of what is happening in Connecticut.   She continues:

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.

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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. 

Imagine what it would be like if we saw the kind of energy we are seeing in the Connecticut race all over the country this fall.  It would be a revolution against the big money being spent to keep the status quo in place.  Chris Bowers has organized a project over at MyDD to track how much money has come in to the Lieberman campaign in the last 15 days: $1,343,350. 

The netroots/grassroots could gear up for that.  The establishment would be hard pressed to fight this everywhere.  Even they don't have that kind of money. 

Posted by Lynn Allen on August 8, 2006 at 07:31 AM in National and International Politics | Permalink

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