While I usually avoid politics in this blog...
Former Virginia Governor, Mark Warner, announced yesterday that he was NOT running for President of the United States in 2008. Warner, and democrat, sited the fact that he wanted a "normal" life rather than exposing his family to all the craziness of being a presidential candidate.
This is bad news. Mr. Warner would have made a great president. He was not a fringe candidate, but rather was very much in the middle of the political spectrum (which might have made it difficult to win his party's nomination). Both democrats and republicans could have found common ground with his beliefs, which is what is needed. I would have jumped across the party line to have supported this candidate.
Mr. Warner has both political and business experience (being a former telecom executive). He would have brought a unique and balanced temperament to the oval office. Mark Warner was the cool candidate for the 2008 elections. Now we are left with the professional politicians who will polarize the country with the typical ugliness of right vs. left hate.
It is a shame that the best people for the presidency will not run because of their desire to not get caught in the muck that is politics. It makes me wonder what kind of people we are left with as candidates if they enjoy all the crap.
Best of luck to Mr. Warner.
Have A Great Day.