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    from a grass roots member of the DNC here in colorado:

    But the main business of the day . . was the DNC meeting in the afternoon here at the Marriott Wardman Park.  There, we held the formal change-over from the administration of DNC Chairman Howard Dean to the new chair, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.  Governor Dean saw an impressive display of sustained applause -- nothing he could do seemed to stem the standing ovation and hooting and hollering.  

    Governor Dean singled out two states as success stories, but not ones you'd think about:  Utah and South Carolina.  He spoke about how our efforts in those two states led to impressive results in some of the reddest states in the country (we only lost South Carolina by single digits in 2008).  And he continued to press that our next targets are to flip Missouri and Texas in 2012.

    DNC Member and leader of the Native American Caucus Frank LaMere had one of the most emotional moments of the day.  He spoke of a saying in many Native American tribes that translates into "We are all related.  We are all important."  He emphasized that Governor Dean's leadership could best be described in those terms.  Then, he and a couple of other Native American DNC Members presented Gov. Dean with a traditional Native American blanket and draped his shoulders with the blanket.  Gov. Dean seemed very moved by the efforts.

    Our next -- indeed, our most important -- piece of business was to elect our new DNC Chair.  Gov. Kaine was unanimously elected, and nailed down his challenge this way:  "I feel like I've taken over for somebody who just won three Super Bowls in a row!"  His address to the DNC included a significant segment in Spanish discussing the importance of outreach to all communities.  Most important for many of us in the room, Gov. Kaine reaffirmed his support for the 50-state strategy:  "We will never again be a Party that writes off a state or a region.  The 50-state strategy has worked and it is here to stay!"

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