12/06/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Victory For Progressive Change

All our hard work paid off in a big way last night, as a new era of progressive change was swept into office! Congratulations to President-elect Barack Obama; I cannot tell you how excited I am about his upcoming administration and what it will mean for the future of our country.

Given the current state of our economy and foreign policy, it will be vital for the Obama administration to get off to a fast start so we can immediately begin repairing the damages of the outgoing administration. That is why in addition to this needed change at the top of the ticket, the other remarkable development last night was the widening of the Democratic majorities in Congress.

These expanded majorities will be critical for helping pass Barack Obama's agenda into law so we can begin to restore the United States' standing in the world, reorient our foreign policy stance away from aggression and toward robust diplomacy and peace, and rejuvenate our economy to ensure that all Americans benefit from a rising tide, not just the executives at the top.

I also want to note the record voter participation we saw in last night's election, particularly from young people and minority communities who have been politically marginalized in the past. This increased involvement will provide added legitimacy to President-elect Obama's standing as a leader for all America -- at a time when we need it more than ever.

Thank you again to all of you who invested your time, money, and effort to help bring about last night's victory. It wouldn't have happened without you, and I look forward to working with the entire progressive community in the months to come as we turn our focus away from elections and toward governing so we can quickly get our nation back on track!

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