by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 04:09:46 PM EDT
Ryan Lizza notes on Mark Warner, it's probably worth passing on the not-so-shocking news that he's clearly looking at running for the Senate in 2008 or governor in 2009.Steve Soto, who must not have read the statement by Gov Warner, or thinks it untrue, declares: The reason why Mark Warner dropped out of the presidential derby for 2008 yesterday was that he is thinking about running for the John Warner's Senate seat as John Warner is retiring. Wrong.
Running or being a Senator or Governor is not even close to the level of time and life demanded by running for and being President; and when I talked with Warner about this decision on Wednesday, he mentioned that-- and the two opportunities upcoming. It's a different and possible "next step" and stated that he hadn't ruled another run for office. It's funny how everyone I talk to about this that has kids clearly understands the rationale, and sees the point about the age of his kids and parents, and understands his wanting live a bit more of the family life before that slips away. If this had happened 6 months from now, non-believers would have a point, but this is still the time to get out for personal reasons.
It was very clear to me that Warner had not decided for sure to run for President when I began working for his PAC. I was on board part-time as a strategic advisor, and it was agreed that I'd come on full-time when/if he decided to run for President. Did I think he would? Yes. But astute and more objective reporters picked up on the Governor's non-commitedness to this point. That he was able to walk away because of his stated reasons, despite the fact that his organization and buzz was head and shoulders above any of the other '08 wanabees, is to his credit.
And let me just say about my personal experience, that we were building an internet & technology influenced campaign that would have, like Dean's did, changed the way campaigns are run. I'm really fired up about the Dems winning in '06, but it's not what I've been living and building toward for the past year. So, if you don't want to read about that experience, pass off on a bunch of upcoming posts I'll be making.