Thursday, December 29, 2005

George Allen's Possible Foes

Will Vaught over at Commonwealth Iconoclast has a great post up about George Allen, and possible Senatorial candidates the Democrats may still front against him. Speculation is fun..but regardless of who the Democrats put up...I believe this race is already over. George Allen will be a Senator from Virginia through 2012. Now-a good candidate such as Creigh Deeds or Mark Warner may have put a serious dent in Allens presidential aspirations, but it's far to late in the game now.


At 12/29/2005 12:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DEMS need a real LIBERAL.


At 12/29/2005 12:48:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...


At 12/29/2005 04:32:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

I'm sure if things get tight, Diebold will be there to bail you guys out again.

I'm certain 2006 will be another fishy year.

At 12/29/2005 08:51:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Allen will be a Senator until late 2008, early 2009 -- whenever he decides to resign so he can take the Presidential Oath of Office.

Oh, and, "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" You've been spending too much time in that basement. Perhaps Radon fumes are affecting you. You should really have your parents get it checked.

At 12/29/2005 11:57:00 AM, Blogger Hirons said...

Who are the Senators from Virginia beyond 2008(9)?

Sen. Tom Davis - by way of John Warner retirement and Davis election in 2008.

Sen. Leslie Byrne - by way of appointment by Gov. Kaine upon resignation of President-elect George Allen.

Wouldn't that be interesting?

Or even more so -
Sen. Jim Gilmore - by way of election to fill Warner seat.
Sen. Mark Warner - by way of appt.

At 12/29/2005 12:53:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...

Senator BYRNE!?

At 12/29/2005 01:15:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

Scary - ain't it?

But it could happen.

At 12/29/2005 03:52:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

Do some election research "Riley." It was clearly a fix.

At 12/29/2005 05:51:00 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said...

I would imagine Warner would be appointed to the Senate seat in lieu of Byrne. We could beat her.

At 12/30/2005 02:00:00 PM, Blogger The Richmond Democrat said...

You are right in saying that it is getting a little late. If a Dem is going to run he or she should announce soon.

You are wrong about the Dems prospects in 2006, however. If any Democrat out there is listening and is interested in being a U.S. Senator from Virginia consider this: 2006 is the year to run. You have absolutely nothing to lose if you are serious about pursuing a Senate seat, and here’s why: you have a better chance of defeating Allen than you think and even if you lose, you still win.

The Republican Party nationally is poised to implode over a series of scandals and a lot of that mud is going to land on George Allen. He will be more vulnerable in 2006 than he will ever be again. Once Tom DeLay, George W. Bush, Karl Rove, and Scooter Libby are gone and forgotten, Allen's ties to these scoundrels won't matter the way they do today.

Secondly, even if you run against Allen and lose, you will nevertheless gain so much name recognition that you will be well placed to run for John Warner’s seat in 2008. Allen has a fat campaign fund and will outspend you two or three to one: by the time the elections is over, everyone in Virginia will have heard your names hundreds of times.

The “buzz” on the street is that John Warner will not run again in 2008. He’s been a fantastic senator for our state, but Warner will be 81 in 2008, and he’s probably getting sick of trying to rein-in the extremist wing-nuts in his own party. If he does decline to run for re-election, there will be no incumbent, and you will start this race with an advantage in terms of name recognition because of your 2006 race against Allen. You may even have a little seed cash leftover from you 2006 campaign.

The confluence of events in 2006 and 2008 is the best opportunity a Democrat has had to become a U.S. Senator from Virginia in more than a decade.


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