I totally forgot that yesterday was April Fool's Day, until I read Matt Browner-Hamlin's post over at MLN titled "BREAKING: Shays Attempts Party Switch, Denied By Pelosi".
The funny thing about it is that nothing that Chris Shays might do would surprise anyone these days. It sounded completely plausible at first!
And then I thought about April Fool's Day, and realized it would have been the perfect time to announce my intention to challenge Jim Amann for his House seat!
I'm sure I would have gotten a few friends to fall for it. There would have been a flurry of emails and phone calls, and I probably could have gotten some mileage out of the prank. I'd have a good chuckle and then forget about it.
But then I started thinking about the implications of a joke like that. An overly enthusiastic supporter might have felt that it was necessary to contact the media, to get the story out immediately. I can only imagine the crap I'd have to deal with if an article appeared in the Hartford Courant this morning discussing my intention to run for office. My wife might have heard about it from somebody at work this morning and quite possibly have killed me.
Then the joke would truly be on me!
Ah, maybe it wouldn't be that good of a joke after all.
But at least I got to write a blog article about it. So in retrospect, I think I actually did take advantage of the opportunity, by not making a prank announcement and simply writing about how I could have done it!