Virginia Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: DNC hackers also targeted French presidential candidate | Ex-acting AG Yates to testify at Senate Russia hearing Schumer: Senate Russia probe moving too slowly Senate Intel Dem has ‘serious concerns’ on Russia probe MORE should challenge Barack ObamaBarack ObamaPatagonia threatens to sue Trump over national monuments order Spokesman defends anticipated Obama speaking fee Dem rep mocks Trump for confusing courts MORE in 2012. He
should choose John Lynch, the popular and successful Democratic governor
of New Hampshire who has recently announced that he will not run for
another term, for his vice president. Warner was voted among the
country’s best governors in Virginia. He marked a sea change for the
Democrats. He was a successful businessman and brought business
abilities and strategies to governance. A Connecticut Yankee and
Harvard-trained lawyer settled in Virginia, he made himself a Virginian
and was the first among the Northerners to pass the NASCAR test. He
sponsored a stock car and had the Stanley Brothers of Clinch Mountain
play at his events. He marked a new direction and got the support of
Markos Moulitsas and the Daily Kos crowd, storied today as the so-called
But Markos asked one day in The Washington Post, “Will these Clinton-era people ever go away?” Unfortunately, the answer was no. Moulitsas, as representative of the rising generation, also supported Wesley Clark and later Jim Webb and a good number of Iraq war veterans when Webb ran for Senate. These, Warner, Webb, Clark, New Hampshire’s John Lynch and a few others, brought a new sensibility to a rising generation. Warner considered running for president briefly, spoke up here in New Hampshire and had a big cover story in The New York Times Magazine. But those hopes were dashed by the Clintons.
At Daily Kos, Hillary’s support hovered around zero. When she entered the presidential contest, the party tacked to find a counterforce. Barack Obama fit the bill. He was smart and attractive and, as Jules Feiffer suggested, his great feature was that he was not Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWant a tremendous deal on infrastructure spending? Suspend Davis-Bacon Constitutional amendment could vastly improve campaign finance The Hill's Whip List: Who to watch on GOP's new ObamaCare bill MORE.
Obama got to here via a kind of neurosis. He didn’t seem to actually desire it, but successfully surfed the contours of populism to the presidency and in my opinion, did the right thing. I voted for him because: He fulfilled the historic destiny begun by Lincoln/Grant and advanced by Eisenhower/Kennedy. This was absolutely necessary to fulfill those historic needs. He was not Hillary Clinton. And the candidate running against him, John McCainJohn McCainTrudeau, Trump speak for second night about US-Canada trade McCain: China has done ‘nothing’ on North Korea Trump administration weighing order to withdraw from NAFTA MORE, had romanticized and dangerous foreign-policy sensibilities.
But it can be no surprise that he did not know what to do as president. He had little work experience. He has made little progress as manager. He fulfilled his historic destiny and completed the Lincoln/Kennedy initiatives. He should not run again.