Sunday, January 01, 2006

"Strong Finisher" dives deep into how Governor Mark Warner "turned the state around".. and congratulates him on a year well done. Ben's buddy Larry Sabato is quoted as saying "For right now, I think what people are amazed at is that he started with so little and ended up with so much" and everyones buddy John Chichester had this to say"We knew we were in trouble, and in trouble we were," said state Sen. John Chichester, R-Northumberland County, the chairman of the budget-writing Senate Finance Committee. "Enter this governor, who for the first two years of this administration didn't have two nickels to rub together." Mark Warner may have managed the state well financially-but he did not rule from the center. ..And what about our transportation problem?


At 1/02/2006 02:03:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think you would be hard pressed to say that Warner hasn't led from the center. He has pulled together a coalition of Democrats and Republicans to get the state out of the mess that Gilmore, someone who "led from the right", got us into. He has approval ratings above 70% in a conservative state. That says to me that he has well captured the middle ground.

As for the transportation problem, part of me wants to say that there will always be a transportation problem because it is difficult to have and pay for a transportation vision in America. I will also say that he did have a plan for NoVA, it was the extra 1% sales tax, it just got voted down by the people who were going to be taxed because they didn't believe that Richmond would let the money stay in NoVA.

It will be interesting to see how Kaine does. If the Democrats are trying to establish themselves as the "party of good government" and he follows in Warner's footsteps, that could spell long-term problems for the Republicans in Virginia.


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