Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Gore Campaign Loser Brazile Doesn't Like Warner

Recently Mark Warner appeared on ABC's "This Week" program hosted by George Stephanopoulos to discuss national politics. The reviews are in at least from the Democratic Oracle of Adelphia, Donna Brazile, who has decided she doesn't like Mark Warner. She is especially indignant that he would dare to admire a Republican President from one hundred years ago. (Note to Donna, just wondering if you dislike Lincoln also?)

But Warner's performance in the interview failed to impress Donna Brazile, a Democratic consultant who helped manage Al Gore's unsuccessful bid for president in 2000.

Brazile said she wouldn't have picked Roosevelt as a presidential model.

"Mark Warner has a lot to learn before he's ready for prime time," she observed afterward.

Shocking indeed are her thoughts on Warner. Remember her last opportunity where she "saw into the future," I take you back to two months before the Iowa caucus. In referencing the Al Gore endorsement of Howard Dean:

"It's huge," said Donna Brazile, Gore's campaign manager in 2000. "Al Gore has enormous stature and credibility. This endorsement will give Howard Dean a tremendous boost. It immediately allows Howard Dean to run a 50-state campaign, to raise money and help validate him with voters who don't know him yet, to bring minorities and women to the table who as yet have been undecided." See entire article.

Hmmmmm... Okay now. Returning to the Stephanopoulos interview with Warner.

Former Gov. Mark R. Warner said yesterday that he would not have chosen Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. as a U.S. Supreme Court nominee, but he declined to say whether he would vote for Alito if he were in the Senate.

Warner, appearing on ABC's "This Week" program hosted by George Stephanopoulos, said he objects to Alito's views on the right to privacy. The Supreme Court, in the Roe v. Wade decision, determined that a woman's right to privacy established a constitutional right to an abortion in certain circumstances.

"But I think I would owe him, as I would owe anyone, the benefit of the doubt until I had a real chance to study his record," Warner said, according to a transcript of the program.

Warner, who left office Saturday, said he hasn't decided whether to seek the Democratic nomination to run for president in 2008, but he said he wants to participate in the debate.

He described U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the frontrunner for the nomination, as "an extraordinarily formidable candidate" and declined to criticize her.

Warner was interviewed for the program last week in Virginia's Executive Mansion.

Asked how he would counter criticism that he has no foreign-policy experience, Warner noted that Stephanopoulos' former boss, Bill Clinton, had no foreign-policy experience when he was elected president in 1992. Warner acknowledged that the post-Sept. 11 environment might have made such experience more important.

He said his role model as president is Theodore Roosevelt. Had Roosevelt been living today, the progressive Republican likely would have been a Democrat, Warner said. See entire article.


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