Elections are tough. If you have ever volunteered your time to work on a campaign or run for office, you know that. There is the pain--financial, emotional, physical--for every loser who went out there and did his or her best to keep our country a thriving democracy. For the winners there is exhaustion, maybe a brief vacation, and the sure knowledge that after a brief hiatus they are back to talking on the phone, going to endless rounds of political events, being pushed around by their campaign staff, and smiling and shaking hands with yet one more voter who maybe, just maybe, will go to the polls and cast a vote in their favor in November.
How lucky we are as Americans that there are so many people who are willing to run for office! To every candidate--including those who I have taken to task on this blog--I say "Thank you." You have done our country a great service.