That’s right! According to The Hill, Patrick Buchanan is being discussed as a possible candidate for Senate in Virginia. Unlike the other two likely candidates, Rep. Tom Davis and former Gov. Jim Gilmore, Buchanan is both an outspoken conservative and an aggressive campaigner. His candidacy would be a welcome addition to the Republican field.
Buchanan distinguished himself as a strong campaigner when he took the New Hampshire primary from front-runner Bob Dole in 1996. Sadly, he was swamped in fundraising and Republicans nominated a squish who blindly walked to an inevitable defeat in November of that year. Buchanan is better known, though, for his culture war speech in 1992. Contrary to popular myth, Bush’s numbers rose after the speech and waned only later in the campaign. His charisma and energy could make him a force to be reckoned with in what will likely be a competitive Senate primary.