Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

My Dream of VP Mark Warner Revived?

I’ve been resisting Veepstakes posts for a long time – never posting one on DKos or here yet. But my friends (and gdh1 especially) knows how much I’ve been longing for a Mark Warner VP candidate. Why?

Because it represents change, youth, and vitality.

Because it will lock up Virginia.

Because Warner is a proven great campaigner and knows how to address the South and working-class voters.

But first and foremost, because the economy is the #1 issue and Mark Warner is an incredibly successful businessman who can connect on the economy (note: I continue to believe, against all CW, that Obama focus on the economy and domestic affairs with his pick and not worry about military issues).

Unfortunately, Warner took himself out of the running, and who can blame him? He has a sure-thing Senate seat waiting for him, positioning himself well to be the next Democratic Presidential candidate in 2016 (yes, I absolutely think this is his plan). Also, who would we get to replace Warner that could be a shoo-in? Well, the answer to that now may be: anybody.

Looks like Republican Senate candidate in Virginia Jim Gilmore’s got himself something of a real scandal brewing:

Former Virginia governor James S. Gilmore III, the state’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, submitted false information on two financial disclosure forms that hid his ties to a government contractor embroiled in a legal dispute over allegations that two of its executives had conspired to defraud the federal government.

Oops. Too late for the Republicans to replace Gilmore? I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to.

In the meantime, I hope against all hope that Mark Warner still could be Obama’s VP. I know, it won’t happen. But a boy can dream, no?

July 24, 2008 - Posted by | Battleground States, Uncategorized, Veepstakes | , ,

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