I've been in politics since 1978. Been schooled by some of the best and some of the worst.
What made the good ones "good" and the bad ones "bad'?
I believe it was the simple ability to, at key times, tell their consituents to be quiet and sit down. That's what visionary leaders do. Vox populi need not always be a correct voice....
Such is the case now in Idaho on a number of bills. One in particualr is looming for me and I will be following it closely, possibly even speaking out on it at the Capitol Annex. We'll see.
My hope is that I do not have to. My hope is that the mere gravity of the realization of the law of unintended consequences will cause legislators to lead.
I don't need to spill the beans right now. I just need to watch and wait. But rest assured that the day I return to the Capitol to defend or defeat legislation, it will be my purpose to do so with grace and dignity and not fire and brimstone. Didn't work then, won't work now.