November 6, 2010

Politics should be about people

I used to work in campaign politics. It's a tough business. My old boss lost his third straight run for Congress this week, which was heartbreaking. I know him and his family well now, and I can't imagine sacrificing so much.

Since public policy, government funding and even the power of the sword are at stake in our democratic elections, there's a lot of pressure to win.

When I worked on campaigns, it seemed like I could never raise enough money, call in enough favors, meet enough goals or work enough hours. This led me to lose friendships and treat people (and myself) poorly.

So, whether you're happy or sad about the results this week, give a kind thought to all the "hacks" who can finally get some sleep, at least until the next race begins.