It was a poorly kept secret on the internet, but now the traditional media has picked up on it: Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner will announce his candidacy for Senate tomorrow. It was expected, but it’s still bad news. Polls released yesterday showed Warner leading the two Republicans most likely to seek the seat, Rep. Tom Davis andformer Gov. Jim Gilmore, but another Republican may yet emerge.
Both Davis and Gilmore are fairly well-known, though Gilmore much more so. It is unlikely that anything could happen at this point that would shift the favorability numbers enough to make either of them competitive, no less victorious. We clearly need someone else who has shown an ability to overcome tough odds in a campaign.
Pat Buchanan fits that bill. Not only is he a great on-the-ground campaigner, but his candidacy would also mean that we would not be putting another House seat at risk. He is charismatic and energetic, and someone who actually understands the positions he advocates. In a state that is trending purple, he embodies traditional conservatism while demonstrating sufficient independence that Democrats could not accuse him of being strictly a Party guy. He would bring out exactly the people that the leading Republican Presidential candidates would fail to energize, something that neither Davis nor Gilmore could do. In doing so, he would definitely manage to make it competitive and potentially snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.