|This group of individuals - including some of the best and brightest local Democratic candidates that I'm certain we've ever assembled in a single year in this part of Virginia - was full of hope and plans for the future in the face of recent defeats, and they were inspirational to me, making me feel even better about my decision.
I have stuck to that decision and have painfully, slowly but surely removed myself from most political activities, and it's amazing how quickly my e-mail inbox messages and cell phone calls dwindled to near nothing. It's been very peaceful around here of late, and I'm greatly enjoying the quietude and the time for other activities. I haven't done any blogging for months, and have visited a few blog sites on rare occasion since mid-November.
Being "out of the loop" for a while tends to change one's perspective, so my visit with Ken Bernstein yesterday evening resulted in two revelations:
First, after talking with Ken about various past and more recent local and state Democratic occurrences, I'm glad that I decided to exit most political activities, and I'm even more certain that I made the correct decision last October.
Second, I'm thankful that there are still people like Ken and many of you on this blog, who haven't lost their passion for creating a better world via the political process, and who will continue to fight for same.
I now have no doubt that the political pendulum will swing back our way again some day, and that people like Ken Bernstein will be there to help make sure that it does.
In the meantime, I have nearly six years remaining in my current term of elected office, and I'm concentrating on doing the best job possible in that capacity and have not yet decided whether I'll run for re-election in 2015.
More importantly, I'm enjoying my political "retirement" and wish all of you the very best in your deliberations and activities.
I did the right thing for me, and you are doing the right things, the correct things, for all of us.