To all the Democrats and progressives who put your hearts and sweat into this election: thank you. Here's something James Carville said during one of our campaigns together that nailed it: "There's a simple doctrine: outside of a person's love, the most sacred thing that they can give is their labor. And somehow or another along the way, we tend to forget that. Labor is a very precious thing that you have. Anytime that you can combine labor with love, you've made a good merger... I'm a political professional, that's what I do for a living, and I'm proud of it."
We’re very happy to have played a small role in re-electing the President, working with every winning Senate candidate, 90% of the winning House candidates, all the state caucuses who flipped control to Democrats, and the thousands of other Democratic and progressive clients who won. Amazing night! But not all of you won, and I know what it’s like to work on a losing campaign: thank you, too. We appreciate your hard work, too. Know this: I worked on a campaign against an anti-gay initiative in 2000 in California, and we got crushed. But something got started in that campaign that helped lead to marriage equality victories last night. So, good things can come out of losses, too.
Thank you all for your labor and love. We’re proud to work with you, and proud of what we do. Forward.
Stu Trevelyan and the NGP VAN crew
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