No Erickson bid for US Senate in Georgia
posted at 1:20 pm on November 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Too bad. It would have been a fun campaign — although, as Erick says, probably “terribly nasty” for reasons that don’t have anything to do with Saxby Chambliss or Erick:
In politics, self-awareness matters. It does. When I was a political consultant, I told my clients my first two rules. The first was to know when you were in the minority, even when you thought you were right. The second was to know yourself as others see you.
Were I to run for the Senate, it would be a terribly nasty campaign. It’d actually be really awesome, but it’d 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. I’m 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.
And this made me laugh out loud:
I don’t understand these people who take a bunch of time publicly wringing hands over these things. A week of thinking about it was enough.
Yes, I think those extended trial balloons are about something else other than decision-making, like … self-promotion and attention addiction.
I think he made the right decision for his family — but it would have been fun to see Erick run for the office.