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Tonight I want to send out some thank yous for the wonderful cycle we had, both nationally and here in Idaho. This was a profoundly important election here. We made this red state crack.

On a personal level, I'm fired up again. It's been a long, bumpy road, but for the first time in years I feel fulfilled.

To Cecil Andrus: For getting me started down the path to public service nearly 20 years ago.

To the Green Party: For nominating me as a Congressional candidate in 2002, and then showing me why third parties suck. (And yes, that's a left-handed compliment).

To Howard Dean: For rekindling that which was lost. Your visit to Pocatello is not forgotten.

To Bill Richardson: For giving me a campaign to believe in, and for representing both Western and libertarian Democrats this cycle.

To fellow Bill Richardson supporters: Just because.

To Terry Michael: For giving a voice to our silly little faction.

To Barack Obama: For making intellect, dignity and grace hip again.

To T. J. Thomson, Kassie Cerami and everyone involved with Obama for Idaho: I don't know if you guys know yet how important this is for Idaho in the long term.

To Walt Minnick: For breaking a long, nasty streak.

And to all of you! Thank you for your unceasing enthusiasm.

Now let's do it again in '10!

Originally posted to W Lane Startin on Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 11:45 PM PST.

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