To all the Democratic candidates and supporters across this country, I say: congratulations?
This year, we defeated the Republican Party by a massive margin in the national popular vote, and that has resulted in… narrowly taking back the House? And mitigating our losses in the Senate to only several seats? And gaining a few governorships in certain states? And that should make us proud?
Turnout in this midterm election shattered previous records? We have reached levels of participation long thought to be impossible? And the result is the political landscape you’re witnessing now? That’s an encouraging sign for the future?
Even if your favorite candidate lost, you should not feel that your time and energy and money have been wasted? Because we’re seeing phenomenal results down-ballot? And those are really what matters?
Two years ago, we didn’t think this would be possible? We have sent a message to the Republican Party and President Trump? That the Democratic Party is a force to be reckoned with? That when faced with a choice between hate and hope, hope will always prevail in America?
And we did it all without compromising our values?
These victories will set the stage for an unprecedented slate of progressive policies entering mainstream political discussion? We have secured the vehicles of power necessary to advocate for major reforms, obstruct fascist ideology, and fend off the looming specter of climate change?
Furthermore, we can take solace in state referenda? We earnestly believe that the structural changes we’ve implemented on a grassroots level will make a difference in the long term?
We have renewed confidence and faith in our leaders? Our messaging is working? These results demonstrate that we do not need to take a long, hard look at ourselves and make fundamental changes to our platform before it’s too late?
Obama wasn’t a fluke?
Since the 2016 election, millions of people who were not previously engaged have dedicated their lives to effecting societal change? This is their moment? And we’re confident that after this year, they will be galvanized to fight twice as hard for another two years straight?
After all, despite the differences we may share, the American people have a fundamental understanding of what’s right and what’s wrong? And we can trust that when it comes down to it, they will ultimately do the right thing? The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice?
Plus, as of writing, they’re still counting votes in Alaska?
So, with all of that in mind, it’s never been more clear: we will win in 2020?