Looks like John Warner is ready to retire. For a Republican, he was not really half bad. I will say that I appreciated his ability to stand up for what he believed in (even if I did not agree with him all the time) and not just toe the party line. At least he recognized that there were other points of view out there. He also understood what it meant to be a Senator and took his office very seriously. Not to mention, he was a very senior Senator…no matter who wins this time around, Virginia will have two very junior Senators. So on the whole I am a bit sad to see him go (unlike my gleeful joy at seeing George Allen go down in flames).
This brings up an interesting opportunity. Right now it looks like Mark Warner will throw his hat into the ring for the Dems which is great as he did an outstanding job as Governor and if Virginia did not have this weird one-term limit rule would still be Governor (although I will say that I really like Tim Kaine as well). Where it becomes interesting is that Tom Davis (R) who is currently my Congressional Representative is looking to make a bid for the seat as well. Which means that I not only get to vote for Mark Warner, but against Tom Davis.
Which also means that the House job is open as well (haven't heard who is interested in making a bid for that yet). Which means that next year I have the best chance ever to NOT be represented by Republicans! I could actually live in a state with a Democratic governor, 2 Democratic senators, a Democratic Representative (in addition to my current state rep who is a Democrat). Yikes. Who woulda thunk. Is Virginia actually finally going blue?
I know, I know. I am not going to count my chickens (donkeys?) yet. But a girl can dream, can't she?