What takes 16 hours a day, lasts seven months, costs a fortune, brings you under constant attack, and carries with it both great risk and great opportunity? Sounds like duty in a war zone. That's pretty close. I just finished running for Congress.
I was drafted, asked to run by people in the Democratic Party who thought a squeaky-clean military retiree with strong community ties could unseat the incumbent, a weak Gingrich conservative in his first term. We knew it was an uphill battle in a district with a significant Republican majority. But we thought a tough campaign that pushed issues and highlighted the soft record of the incumbent just might succeed.