To everyone who supported the Denver Group and our efforts to force the Democratic National Committee to adhere to their own rules and democratic procedures, and to those who contributed and supported Democrats For Principle Before Party, not just a thank you but we know we made a difference and we are sure we made a difference for the future.
Given the stock market crash in October and the deterioration of the economy, all the result of Republican ideology and incompetence from the top down, people obviously and justifiably would not give any Republican a chance at another four years. It was conventional wisdom that this was the Democrats year and that any Democrat would beat any Republican. All the more reason it became important for the DNC to follow their procedures and insure that the process for choosing a candidate was not only fair but honest. We all know it was neither, but given people's justifiable fears over the economy, it was not a time when character or principle could surmount those fears. At least not at the moment.
It remains to be seen what kind of President Obama will be. All we can hope for is that he staffs his administration with the best people he can find and then get out of the way and be what he campaigned as -- a symbol for those who want or need symbols -- though now everyone can see that when there are things to be done, how useless symbols can be. What's needed is action, ideas, and accomplishment and the way to achieve that is for Obama to recognize it, get out of the way, be the front man but let the people he appoints do their jobs to formulate and carry out policy, and there are signs so far he will do just that.
And to that end we feel our efforts made a difference, letting Obama and millions of others be aware of another Lincoln moment that he will remember and put to use -- you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
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