Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hasty Towel Throwing

I may have been a bit too hasty last week when I threw in the towel and announced I was ending my presidential campaign. As you may recall, one of the problems facing the campaign was that we were never able to raise enough money, but now it looks like we were going about it the wrong way.

I can't really blame my head of fund-raising for that, because she'd never done any fund-raising before and there was a lot she didn't know. But even if she knew everything there was to know, there were still a lot of factors that were beyond our control.

For example, no one ever slung any mud in my direction. Normally that's a good thing, but when you're running for office, it can work against you. For example, I read last week that when Ann Coulter called John Edwards a "faggot", the Edwards campaign used the video of the speech in which she made that remark to help raise $300,000. And when she later remarked that she wished he'd get "killed in a terrorist assassination plot," his campaign cited her comment in messages emailed to supporters in which further donations were requested.

So if someone of Ann Coulter's stature had called me names or wished for my violent death, maybe I'd still be in the running today.

Or maybe not. I realize that $300,000 isn't a whole lot of money for a presidential campaign -- it's barely a drop in the bucket -- but if I could raise $300,000 that easily, I wouldn't even need to be president. I don't live very extravagantly, so that kind of money would probably last me a while.

But that's all just wishful thinking. I'm not going to be president, and nobody's going to give me $300,000, so it looks like I'll just continue doing what I've been doing. But that's not really as bad as it might sound -- I actually sort of like my life the way it is and I never really wanted to be president anyway.