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Mark Warner’s Keynote Mostly A Dud

by @ 9:16 am on August 27, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Mark Warner, Politics

I didn’t get a chance to watch former Governor Mark Warner’s keynote address to the Democratic National Convention last night, but it appears that I didn’t miss much:

DENVER, Aug. 26 — Mark R. Warner held up Virginia as a model for good government and warned during his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention that Sen. John McCain of Arizona cannot be trusted to lead the country to a prosperous future.

Part of Warner’s speech centered on the themes he has frequently touched on during his Senate campaign against former governor James S. Gilmore III in Virginia, but he also sought to frame the presidential race between McCain (R) and Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois as a contest that will decide whether the United States can make progress toward better technology, schools and respect around the world.

“Yes, the race for the future is on, and it won’t be won if only some Americans are in the running,” Warner told the delegates. “It won’t be won with yesterday’s ideas and yesterday’s divisions. And it won’t be won with a president who is stuck in the past.”

But the former Virginia governor acknowledged this week that he is not a soaring orator and was not going to offer Democrats much “red meat” last night.

And that lack of red meat, it seems, is the reason why Warner’s speech was moved from the prime time slot he had originally been given:

Bill Kristol calls in from the Pepsi Center. According to a source, Mark Warner was originally scheduled to speak in the 10 o’clock hour in primetime before Hillary Clinton, but Warner was moved to the less desireable pre-primetime bloc because he apparently refused to turn his speech into an attack on John McCain. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is now speaking in the 10 o’clock hour, and will read the scripted anti-McCain lines.

Recall that Warner was given the primetime spot because the Obama campaign expected Virginia to be in play.

So not only was Mark Warner not the highlight of last night’s events (that belonged solely to Hillary Clinton, the real keynote speaker), he was, effectively, shunted to the sidelines by the DNC for his unwillingness to get on the partisan attack bandwagon.

Something tells me this speech won’t have the impact on his political future that he might have hoped.

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