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June 07, 2008

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Here's part of an email I got today from Howard Dean. You may have seen it, too.

"Over the past few years, we've all been part of the work to rebuild the Democratic Party in all 50 states.

"When the primary came around, we found ourselves with two once-in-a-lifetime candidates. Barack and Hillary crossed the country inspiring activists, building organizations, and registering new voters. In state after state, we saw record turnout that dwarfed the Republican's; we saw hundreds of thousands of Americans become involved with a Democratic campaign for the first time; and millions of voters saw just how passionately we feel about the future of our country.

"After years of rebuilding and a historic primary campaign, our Democratic community is stronger than ever before. And with Barack Obama, we have a candidate who has inspired millions of people to believe again.

"But change doesn't come easily -- and no matter how much we've prepared, no matter how inspiring our candidate, no matter how badly we want it to happen, we have to fight for it every step of the way. Absolutely nothing will be handed to us over the next five months -- we have to do everything we can to make sure Barack Obama is our next President.

"We've just seen two brilliant candidates run the most exciting primary in decades. Now we need to come together and finish the job.

"I'm looking forward to it."

I personally am breathing a huge sigh of relief today - relief that the party is coming together, relief that we won't spend the summer fighting and giving John McCain a pass. The general election really has begun. It's exciting - and although I plan to spend the rest of the weekend away from my computer, I look forward to working with all of you, in Idaho and beyond, to make this a great year for the Democratic Party and for participatory democracy.

Lift EVERY voice, y'all!!

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