Minnesotans took back 13 House seats and shrank Republican control thereof to the narrowest possible . In the sixth district, Patty Wetterling gave Mark Kennedy a true run for his money; and, Minnesotans together decided that our great state is Carter, Mondale, Dukakis, Clinton, Gore, and yes, Kerry country. All across the nation today, there are gleams of hope just like these, and they give us reason to be inspired.
It’s okay for us to feel incensed, confused and even numb about what has happened. It’s all right for us to curse the exit polls that showed Kerry ahead in both Florida and Ohio. It’s not abnormal for us to shed tears for our country.
Even when we thought Kerry was going to win, we knew this was only the beginning. It takes time to build a movement. I can’t guarantee more people won’t lose their healthcare in the next four years. I can’t guarantee Bush won’t stack the courts with Nazi-sympathizers. I can’t even guarantee our drinking water will remain completely safe. But, this is only the beginning and I still believe what I said yesterday, and what John Kerry and John Edwards have been saying for months: it may be delayed, but hope is on the way.