Last night, the President didn't just win re-election, he won it by a good thumping - and if he wins Florida, as is increasingly looking the case - he will have beat all expectations, including that of Nate Silver's - in the electoral college, winning 332 electoral votes. That, in an economy still recovering from the near-depression and in a political environment where the opposition party was determined to drag the country back down into recession just to deny President Obama a second term, is a landslide. If President Obama wins Florida, he will have won 332 electoral college votes compared to Romney's 206 - a margin of more than 100 votes. That's a landslide.
This piece isn't about a big analysis. I will do that later. This one goes out to all of you - all of you who kept faith, who worked hard, who trusted this president, who stood by this president - not just this election but throughout his first term. Because last night wasn't just victory. It was vindication. It was vindication not just for this campaign but for the policies and reforms for which you stood by the president's side and fought hard against naysayers from both sides of the political extreme.
It was vindication for health care reform - no let me rephrase that - OBAMACARE! I will never forget how hard we fought to get it done - and how much harder the President fought for it. He got it done, we got it done, and we're a better country for it. The President - and those of us who stood by him - had to go through wingbats on the Right and ideologues on the Left. But we did it. And last night was our vindication.
It was vindication for equal pay for women. It was vindication for the idea that who you love should not matter in the service of the country you love. It was vindication for an American president who made history by backing full marriage equality. It was vindication for an American that has always been and remains a nation of immigrants. It was vindication for a more perfect union - in which all of us are included: gay and straight, rich and poor, men and women, white and black and Asian and Hispanic and Native American, young and old, Christians and Muslims and Jews and Hindus and atheists. Last night was the vindication of the politics of inclusion over the politics of scapegoating. As the president declared last night, we will forever be the United States of America.
It was vindication for the most sweeping reforms of the financial sector since the 1930s. It was vindication for reforms ranging from student loan reform to credit card reform. It was vindication for a national security policy that focused on bringing terrorists to justice and winding down wars.
It was vindication, too, for an activist government - not "big" or "small" government, but effective, pragmatic government that plays a vital role in protecting our rights and expanding our liberties and puts solutions above ideological warfare.
In many ways, last night's victory was more significant than the one four years ago. Not only because in raw political terms, after four long years of obstruction, race-baiting and hate-mongering the GOP failed to move the needle nearly at all, but because the American people have delivered a victory for not just a president but for big reforms and policies he was able to put in place. Last night, the American people chose to vindicate those reforms and the concept of activist government over fear, scapegoating, and bigotry. Four years ago, we voted for change. Last night, we voted to protect that change, and strive for more.
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