You are at the epicenter of the political universe. What you're doing isn't just for your state -- it's for an entire nation and, frankly, the future of the world we all live in. The importance of your work cannot be overstated. No pressure.
I think Obama was onto something: no man or woman, no business or enterprise, is an island. This would be a good time for a conversation about how we balance enterprise and community, growth and sustainability, freedom and security.
The Republicans are resurgent, at least for now. It's going to be a hard slog in 2010 and 2012 to keep the grassroots fervor alive -- and the funding to sustain it. In Virginia, we are just plain tired.