Virginia Sen. Mark WarnerMark WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Senators tout progress on Russia probe | Trump pressed to secure critical infrastructure | House beefs up cellphone security Dem: House intel feud an 'embarrassment' Overnight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS MORE should challenge Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOvernight Tech: FCC chief gives states more control over internet subsidies | Dems urge Trump to veto bill blocking online privacy rules | House boosts its mobile security Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement Paul Ryan sells out conservatives with healthcare surrender 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 ClintonWasserman Schultz to Sanders: Dems are already a grassroots party Comey: FBI is 'not on anybody's side' White House extends Obama executive order on cyber threats 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 McCainMcCain responds to North Korean criticism to calling Kim Jong-un 'crazy fat kid' Overnight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Defense: Pentagon considers more troops for Afghanistan | McCain, Graham won't back short-term funding | GOP defends Trump rules of engagement 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.