Virginia’s favorite tax-hiking governor is preparing to take on a national role, says the Washington Post. Limited to a single term in office by the state constitution, Democratic governor Mark Warner is looking forward to bigger and better things. Though the Post article focuses mostly on the 2008 presidential race, more likely first up is a run next year against the Republican former governor and incumbent Senator George Allen, who is also on many people’s 2008 presidential short list. Warner’s national profile is virtually nonexistent at the moment, except for his passage last year of a two-year, $1.5 billion tax hike through the Republican-dominated state legislature.* Still his centrist reputation might make him a more palatable option than Hillary Clinton for some Democrats. I think realistically he needs to beat Allen to be considered a serious contender. The fact that he is on many Democrats’ minds now shows how short their bench really is.
* And then express amazement earlier this year that the state actually had a $800 million surplus.