Waiting is the Hardest Part
Wednesday, May 03, 2006 :::
An amusing article from the TD's Peter Hardin on the Great NoVa Hope, Tom Davis, and his nascent U.S. Senate campaign:
In an interview last week, Davis called his efforts "contingency planning," a forward-looking strategy to prepare for a possible statewide bid, with 2008 closer on the calendar than the next governor's race in 2009.
"If something develops, I want to be ready," he said. He presented himself as a pragmatic politician, pro-business and an activist at getting legislation passed.
There's nothing wrong with testing the waters. But the scale of Davis's planning has earned widespread notice, and a gentle barb:
He went to the annual political rite, the Shad Planking in Wakefield, where he was mildly roasted by Virginia Attorney Gen. Bob McDonnell.
"You'll recognize Tom," McDonnell joked. "He's the guy carrying around the manila envelope containing copies of Senator John Warner's medical records and retirement benefits."
Hardin goes on to mention that Davis is not exactly a hero to some conservatives (goat would be more accurate), and the possibility that Jim Gilmore may also be a candidate. Assuming, of course, that John Warner decides to step down...and he shows no immediate signs of doing so.
Would Davis be the dream candidate? There are some who would crawl over broken glass to vote for him. He strikes me as formidable possibility, but there's something about his pursuit of higher office that strikes me as a bit too eager. Maybe it's Mr. Jefferson's warning:
"When a man has cast his longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct."
Well, that includes just about everyone.
::: posted by Norman Leahy at 5/03/2006