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You have to “love” this report on our Commonwealth’s own Senator Mark Warner at the Shad Planking yesterday:

It was a chance for Warner to show off the bipartisan bona fides that helped him become the state’s governor, and then senator. It’s the same image that has some thinking he could one day be a presidential candidate.

Warner talked up his efforts to reach across the aisle.

“What makes Virginia special is that oftentimes in our politics we’ve achieved our greatest accomplishments when we actually work together,” he said, touting the budget he hammered out with Republicans when he was governor before talking about how both parties need to compromise in order to lower the national debt.

Who is this reporter kidding?  Mark Warner bipartisan?  I suppose he was bipartisan when he voted for Obamacare.  And he’s had five years to work on lowering the debt – The debt went up several TRILLION DOLLARS since Warner took his seat.  So I have one question:  When did Senator Warner actually vote to actually CUT spending?  Not reduced the increase or some sort of budgeting trick.  CUT SPENDING to pay on the DEBT?  It certainly wasn’t when he voted for Obamacare.
Now I DO agree with Senator Warner when he says he worked with Republicans in Virginia.  Maybe he needs the phone number of the Governor’s Mansion to call his present successor and say – sign the clean budget and work out any sort of Medicaid expansion on its own merits in a special session. Don’t hold your breath for that call!
I would also say, there are some glimmers of hope for the Gillespie campaign:

Gillespie also showed his personable side at the event, back-slapping with ease with the crowd as his campaign passed out stickers and kettle corn. He’s off to a quick fundraising start as well, hauling in $2.4 million in the last fundraising quarter, a sign that Warner won’t have the huge spending advantage he had when he beat former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore (R) by a wide margin in 2008.

Polls show Warner has a double-digit lead, buoyed by his personal popularity and Gillespie’s low name identification. But Warner has been under 50 percent in some recent polls, a sign President Obama’s low approval ratings might hurt him. Warner refused to say if he’d campaign with Obama in the state, when asked after his speech.

Now here is Gillespie saying what needs to be said about Senator Warner:

Gillespie accused Warner of voting “in lockstep with Harry Reid and President Obama throughout his time in office” and chided him for backing ObamaCare, cap and trade legislation and voting against a balanced budget amendment.

Sounds like a great commercial to me!  How about the effort by this organization associated with the senator to inappropriately influence a Federal court?  I could not find a repudiation by Senator Warner.  There might be one.  But I did not find it.  Renounce this ad today, Senator Warner.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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