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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How a Grownup Takes a Loss

Representative Jim Oberstar (D-MN) is leaving Congress as he served it: with dignity. From his concession speech:

In my first campaign in the 1974 primary election, the theme was "the people will decide." They decided that year, and they've decided again this year.

We must always remember -- and I've always kept it foremost in my mind -- that this is the people's seat in this greatest deliberative body in the world: the U.S. House of Representatives.

It's been an extraordinary honor and privilege to serve the disparate interests, the many different regions of this extraordinary congressional district, and the wonderful people -- those who support you and those who, with dignity and respect, take an opposite view.