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Myra Adams


December 17, 2013 - 5:55 am
Mark Warner and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in 2012

Senator Mark Warner and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in 2012


All signs point to Hillary Clinton being the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee in 2016.

Confirming this assumption is the latest Iowa poll from the Des Moines Register.

The poll gives Clinton a favorable/unfavorable rating of 89 percent to 7 percent among Iowa Democrats in this first presidential caucus state, where in 2008 Clinton lost to then-Senator Obama.

Even the Republican National Committee believes “Hillary 2016” is a done deal and is launching a “Pre-Emptive War on Hillary Clinton.”

An early Hillary “coronation” means political pundits will soon tout “pre-emptive” selection lists of Clinton’s VP running mates.

Now, as a long-time loyal Republican, I will not be voting for Hillary in 2016.

However, if I were suddenly transformed into a Democrat Party strategist only one name would appear on my list — a name that would represent the more “moderate” wing of the party — further decreasing the GOP’s 2016 chances of winning back the White House.

That name is Senator Mark Warner of Virginia.

Never heard of him? Great! That is precisely why Mark Warner is even MORE likely to be Hillary’s number-one choice.

With no major baggage or preconceived image, the Democrat media machine can define and brand Warner to suit the prevailing political winds — using him to negate any perceived weaknesses at the top of the ticket.  Furthermore, he will not overshadow Hillary in personality or stature.

Here are some of Warner’s actual credentials and why he would be most appealing as Hillary’s VP — much to the chagrin of the Republican National Committee.

Warner, a graduate of Harvard Law School is a self-made multi-millionaire businessman/entrepreneur/venture capitalist who has actually created private sector jobs before he served as Governor of Virginia from 2002 – 2006.

Not shy about his White House ambitions, Warner briefly toyed with the idea of running for president in 2008 and made news in October of 2006 when he declared he was NOT running.

Limited to one four-year term as governor, Warner did what ex-Virginia governors usually do – run for the U.S. Senate, which he did in 2008, winning 65 percent of the vote.

Since Warner is considered a moderate pro-business Democrat, he could help balance and fortify the ticket against the “Hillary is a scary liberal” argument that will be put forth by all the Republican challengers.

But recently there is new potential for either a bump in the road or the gate opening even wider for Warner to be Hillary’s VP — and that is Senator Warner’s 2014 reelection.

Although still popular in Virginia, Warner’s 2010 vote supporting Obamacare may prove odorous depending on how the program is working by November, 2014.

In fact, already smelling Obamacare’s stink is former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, a seasoned Washington political operator who has begun making noises about running against Warner in 2014.

If that happens, look for a Warner vs. Gillespie race to become the 2014 marquee Senate race to watch, besides the usual factors of Virginia being a bellwether swing state and control of the Senate at stake.

For if Warner achieves a wide margin of victory against a well-known establishment Republican like Gillespie – then you can bet Democrats will start printing the Clinton/Warner bumper stickers on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

From a historical perspective, a Virginian has not appeared on a presidential ticket since Woodrow Wilson. This “Virginia Presidential Pride” especially matters to many older voters and Mark Warner has long been considered the best shot at becoming Virginia’s ninth president.

He thinks so too, for according to Mark Warner’s Wiki profile:

When his parents visited him at college at George Washington University in DC, he obtained two tickets for them to tour the White House. When his father asked him why he didn’t get a ticket for himself, he replied, “I’ll see the White House when I’m president.”

Among real Democrat strategists Mark Warner is known for being ambitious, smart, and a team player who has been waiting patiently for his turn to make a run for the White House – but in 2008, 2012 and now likely in 2016 either Obama or Hillary keep getting in his way.

So tuck this piece away folks and if Warner wins his Senate reelection in 2014, you will start hearing his name mentioned at the top of Hillary’s short list.

Then, if Republicans have a weak 2016 ticket, Warner may “see the White House,” but first through the Vice-President’s entrance.



Myra Adams is a media producer, writer, and political observer who served on the McCain Ad Council during the 2008 McCain campaign, and on the 2004 Bush campaign creative team. Her columns have appeared on PJ Media, National Review, The Daily Beast, The Daily Caller, RedState, BizPacReview and Liberty Unyielding. . Myra's web site contributes all profits to Christian charity. Follow Myra on Twitter @MyraKAdams

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Hillary is every bit as inevitable for 2016 as she was for 2008.
1 year ago
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I'd like to think the American people couldn't possibly consider Clinton as President, given her lifelong record of questionable ethics, rule bending, law breaking and leftist activism.

But then, I thought the same thing about Obama and America elected him twice. So I don't know what to think anymore.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
None of us of a certain age (I am 58) know what to think anymore.
In this day right is wrong and left is right and confusion reigns all around. You can not trust anyone outside of friends and family and I swear everyone out there just seems "dumber." That is why Obama was elected twice if you need an answer to your question.
1 year ago
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I need to correct your "slight correction" regarding the 4 years of VA Gov.
Virginia governors serve one four-year term. CHeck it out!
Here are the dates Mark Warner was in office.
January 14, 2002 – January 14, 2006
Tim Kaine was Jan 2006 - Jan 2010
The current Governor Bob McDonnell was elected in Nov 2009. He took office in Jan 2010. Terry McAuliffe was just elected in Nov 2013 and will take office in Jan 2014. So re-check your "new math" for the difference between a four-year term and a six-year term. :-)
1 year ago
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Slight correction: VA governors serve one six year term. So it ends up there are elections every year in VA for some statewide or national office.

Werner is still pretty popular in VA since he was in office during some of the best boom years in the state (i.e. right before the recession hit). He was fairly moderate, which is a plus for Clinton, but a Clintonista is already the current Gov of VA, so not sure if that helps as much anymore.
1 year ago
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"VA governors serve one six year term."

Even Wikipedia knows better than that.
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