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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-05 10:18 AM
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13. That describes my feelings
Edited on Sun Nov-13-05 10:38 AM by Tom Rinaldo
I know enough about Clark that I am quite comfortable with hoping he is the Democratic nominee, and at this point Clark would have to take some very new and different positions on issues that are important to me to make me reconsider my support for him. Something I feel is very unlikely, but who knows? It is early.

I will look closer at Warner for a couple of reasons. One is the simple truth that you can't always get what you want, so it makes sense to have a back up plan just in case. The other is that I want a strong ticket in 2008, and even if I remain convinced that Warner doesn't have broad enough experience to be President now, he might still make a great pick for VP.

None of us have much to go on regarding how well Warner will play outside of his home turf of Virginia after the buzz is gone, so kicking back and paying attention to his progress makes some sense. And I want to see what issues Warner choses to emphasize on a National stage rather than a Virginia stage. I am not happy that Warner is a DLC member but I understand that he was a Virginia Democrat when it wasn't easy to be a Virginia Democrat, so I will keep an open mind around that.

So bottom line, I agree with Crunchy Frog. If a choice isn't clear to you yet, there is still time to track both men and decide later. For all I know Clark may not run in 2008 (though I believe he will) and I could end up supporting Warner despite some misgivings that I have about him.

In general I think we are at a stage now where it makes sense for internet activists to raise general issues about potential 2008 candidates, general concerns about them perhaps, and certainly bring up their strong points also, so that we all can start paying attention to what matters. But I am trying hard to avoid flame fests and threads that go on and on tearing any of these Democrats apart. I may be wearing their T shirt come 2008, and before then there is work to be done for 2006. It is best to hold off on starting fires on bridges, we all still need them.
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