While I’ve gone to great lengths to keep this website a forum for ideas, and not a personal forum, I should say something about the various stories regarding my political future in Virginia, the state that has been my primary home since late December 2010. The short of it is this: I don’t know and am nowhere near deciding. If I were to run, it would be as a Republican. And I am in the process of changing my voter registration from Alabama to Virginia, a development which likely does represent a closing of one chapter and perhaps the opening of another.
As to the horse-race question that animated parts of the blogosphere, it is true that people whose judgment I value have asked me to weigh the prospect of running in one of the Northern Virginia congressional districts in 2014 or 2016, or alternatively, for a seat in the Virginia legislature in 2015. If that sounds imprecise, it’s a function of how uncertain political opportunities can be—and if that sounds expedient, never lose sight of the fact that politics is not wishfulness, it’s the execution of a long, draining process to win votes and help and relationships while your adversaries are working just as hard to tear down the ground you build.
Via @secondfront, which sardonically goes on to note that this is pretty much going to clear Artur Davis for the kind of commentary and analysis that we’ve come to expect from the Online Left when it comes to apostates: to wit, incoherent screaming and vituperation.
Well, that’s one way to accelerate his path to VRWC Death Beast status. And as I understand it, Mr. Davis still has some bad habits that he picked up during his time as a Democrat, so it may be all for the best. For somewhat malignant values of ‘all for the best,’ of course – but then, I merely work within the system. I didn’t invent it.