Top figures in Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, one year after experiencing a shocking defeat, were elated at the Democrats' strong performance in the 2017 state and local elections.
While celebrating what appeared to be a renaissance for the Democratic Party, several former Clinton aides chalked up the reversal in fortune from a year prior as the result of pent-up frustration with the man residing in the White House, President Trump.
Former Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook was blunt in his assessment. "Big defeat for Trump agenda and tactics," he said in a pinned tweet Tuesday. "Big win for Dems uniting for jobs, fairness, future," he added, echoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who has called for unity and a movement forward after former DNC interim head Donna Brazile's bombshell allegations about the Clinton campaign's seeming "unethical" takeover of the DNC during the 2016 campaign.
Mook, who ran Gov. Terry McAuliffe's successful 2013 campaign, was in attendance at Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's victory party after he won the state's gubernatorial contest against Republican Ed Gillespie. According to the New York Times' Jonathan Martin, Mook was the Number 3 "happiest" men in the room, following Northam and McAuliffe.
Clinton herself offered a brief assessment on the day by retweeting a year-old tweet in which she said, "Scripture tells us: Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart."
Sen. Tim Kaine, Clinton's vice presidential running mate, posted a picture of himself and fellow Democratic senator from Virginia, Mark Warner, all smiles and celebrating the banner day Democrats had in contests for the governor's mansion, attorney general, as well as the state legislature.
Zac Petkanas, who served as rapid response chief for the Clinton campaign, tweeted, "We are the Democratic Party. And we are back, baby," along with hashtags for the 2018 midterms and the "Resist" anti-Trump movement.
To that tweet, former Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri, called for "[m]ore enthusiasm": "We are BAAAAA-CK!"
Former Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon took a swipe at those Republicans who "surrendered" to him and showered praise on former Clinton email director Amanda Litman, who on Inauguration Day initiated the Run For Something organization, dedicated to helping liberal millennials get elected in all levels of government.
On the day of Trump's inauguration, the woman who ran the email program for @HillaryClinton in '16 launched a new group recruiting everyday people to run for local office. @amandalitman has made everyone who worked with her in Brooklyn very proud tonight.— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) November 8, 2017
As of 1 a.m. Wednesday, Litman declared that at least 25 of the candidates her group endorsed were victorious.
"Run for Something’s candidates kicked ass today," the organization wrote in a Medium post Tuesday.