On Presidential Ambitions

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner is expected to announce today that he won’t be seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination for 2008.

I’m disappointed–Warner did great things in Virginia, righting the state’s economy after the terms of now-Senator George Allen and Jim Gilmore whose tax policies put the state into the red. He’d have been a formidable candidate, much as Bill Clinton was in 1992–a Washington outsider, a governer with experience in generating economic growth, formulating a sane tax policy, and with progressive ideas.

But the Democratic field was looking crowded. I would have a difficult time now choosing between former Senator John Edwards, current Senator John Kerry, General Wesley Clark, even Howard Dean if he chose to run again. Warner’s decision not to run, while unfortunate, may be better for the Democratic party in the coming year where Edwards and Warner might have been splitting the same progressive vote.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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