The Corner

Harry Reid Jumps the Gun

Dear Friend,

Tonight wouldn’t have happened without you. I wanted to send you a note of thanks as soon as possible. Your efforts, your activism and your dollars helped do the impossible. Democrats will be the Majority in the Senate.

From Rhode Island to Washington State, America has spoken, and in overwhelming numbers, they’ve chosen a new direction — on Iraq, on health care, at the gas pump, and in the economy.

Just a year ago, it seemed it would take a miracle to take back the Senate. But with your help, we have turned back the Republican tide.

Without the White House or either chamber of Congress, Democrats unified and went toe-to-toe with the Republican noise machine. Truth prevailed thanks to you never letting up.

Over the next few days, there will be plenty of analysis about this election. We don’t need the pundits to tell us what happened tonight. Americans chose Democrats, because like them, we stand for change. We will move in a new direction.

We promised to do things differently in Washington, and it’s a promise we intend to keep. The American people have cleaned house in this election, and we’re going to clean up Washington for them.

From here on out, Halliburton is out. Hardworking families are in.

Special Interests are out. People’s interests are in.

Rubber-stamping? Out. Checks and Balances? In.

Staying the course? Out. A new direction? In.

The days of the Do Nothing Congress are numbered. And the rubber-stamping Senate is on its way out. From this day forward, the Bush White House will be held accountable for its mistakes so that we can make the necessary changes to grow and succeed at home and abroad.

Our work together at is not done either. There is still so much work to be done, but for tonight we can celebrate.

Thank you for all you’ve done and all you will do. You made the difference and for that I am sincerely grateful.

Thank you,

Harry Reid