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November 30, 2012

A Sad Commentary On The State Of Our Nationís Politics

RedStateís Erick Erickson and I have had our issues over the years. From time to time I disagree with him, and for some reason unknown to me Iíve even been blocked by him on Twitter. But that said, I consider his to be a decent and sincere guy who might make a good congressman or senator.

When it was recently suggested that Erickson might challenge Senator Saxby Chambliss, I was intrigued. Indeed, I actually hoped he might do it Ė I think he would be an excellent congressman or senator. So Iím a bit disappointed that he has decided not to run Ė not just because America will be deprived of a good man, but also because of his reasons for not running.

Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign. Itíd actually be really awesome, but itíd be really nasty. I have a seven year old, a soon to be four year old, and a wife who does not like being anywhere near a stage. Iím not putting my family through that when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit of vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.

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Iíve refrained from writing about this here the entire time because I know, as the Hotline already did despite not a byte wasted on this here, people would say it was just some effort of self promotion. Were I to run, the campaign would be about me and not about ideas. My campaign would be a lightning rod for both sides and a distraction, consuming resources on both sides that are better spent elsewhere. I think in a state like Georgia it would play to my advantage, but it would not advance the ideas I care about through the election, just me.

The sad reality is that our politics have become frighteningly destructive of good men and women. We saw that during the recent election when Mitt Romney was accused of nothing less than murder by Barack Obama and his surrogates because of a layoff at a Bain-owned company. Weíve reached the point where a campaign about ideas is at a disadvantage because negative personal attacks are much more effective. I canít blame Erickson for deciding not to get in this race Ė what it would do to his young family simply isnít worth it.

And that, more than the loss of this particular man, is what is the tragedy of our politics. When we lose the good and decent men and women among us because our system has been perverted to chew them up and spit them out, we are in a sad state.





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Maybe when the kids are grown. But for the first time in my life I'm making good money and I don't want to drag the family through this mess for a pay cut and the chance to barely see them.

|| Posted by Erick Erickson, November 30, 2012 04:09 PM ||

Welcome, Erick. Let me know when you do make such a run -- I'll gladly back you.

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