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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:19 PM
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WaPo: Speculation On Warner In '08 (Reporter cites DU as source)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48211-20...

Speculation Grows On Presidential Bid For Warner in 2008

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Web surfers at a site called the Democratic Underground think Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner should be their party's next presidential candidate. So does a guy named Steve, who has started a "Warner in 2008" Internet journal. And among political pundits and the soul-searching leadership of the Democratic Party, Warner's name keeps popping up.

Three years ago, Warner persuaded voters in an overwhelmingly red state to put him in office with a NASCAR-loving, pro-death penalty, pro-gun rights, fiscally conservative campaign. Since then, he has backed some restrictions on abortion, signed more than a dozen gun rights bills, balanced the state's books and persuaded a Republican legislature to help him pass a $1.5 billion tax increase.
Now, as Democrats lick their wounds 1,452 days before the next presidential election, some are wondering whether Warner could work the same magic across the South, providing the party a presidential candidate who could appeal to the conservative, heartland voters who helped reelect President Bush.

"He clearly did something that Democrats have had trouble doing, that is, relating to rural voters," said Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean's primary campaign for president. "Howard Dean, Hillary Clinton -- the standard names -- would do a lot worse than study Mark Warner."

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candy331 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:25 PM
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1. Damn do these reporters ever leave the office anymore? They sit on
their asses and surf the web for stories and then try to look like big time reporters when they have all become obsolete ass kissers for the powers that be in office the last 4 years and soon 4 more to come.
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:28 PM
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3. What's really funny is that they quoted DU.
We're good enough to quote about who may run in 08, but wacko conspirators about the voting issues. :)
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mountainvue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:26 PM
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2. HEY WaPo! VOTER FRAUD.
Since you're reading and all.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:42 AM
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10. LOL
Jeez. C'mon, journalists, grow a pair. Get out of the office and go find us a Deep Throat over at Diebold or sumthin. Pulizer prize to the winnah!
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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:33 PM
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4. I may be responsible for this! I e-mailed Warner and told him he was
winning the DU presidential poll. They e-mailed me back with several comments. I had origionaly gone over to check out what he was about then decided to give him something to smile about. I bet you a million bucks they then gave the info to the Washington Post.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:39 PM
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6. I bet you are right!
This cracked me up:

At one site, www.democraticunderground.com, Warner was listed as a possible candidate along with former vice president Al Gore, Hillary Clinton and three others. Out of 127 votes cast, Warner got the most: 53. Not all of the site's visitors were convinced, however. One person wrote, "He seems really boring."

They are citing our polls! Bwaahhhh.
:D
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:38 PM
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5. It's nice tto see "Democratic Underground" mentioned
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 11:38 PM by Eric J in MN
in the opening paragraph in a story in major paper.
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sonicx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:56 PM
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7. Democratic Not-so-underground
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 11:57 PM by sonicx
;)

If citing Internet message boards is all it takes to be a journalist, sign me up!
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Pithy Cherub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:11 AM
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8. Actually, there are about
55,000 of us who meet the standard set by this WaPo lout! :)
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:29 AM
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9. I think we've evolved to hallowed blog status n/t
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