Maybe he’s not the most inspiring speaker. Maybe he doesn’t have the optimal positions on the environment or other issues. The point is, Mark Warner hustles his butt off, keeps in touch with everyone, nurtures his networks, and wins wins WINS elections (in fairness, he also has a lot of money, but that doesn’t negate all the other things Warner does). That’s how it’s done, and that’s how it should be done to a large extent. I remember when I went on his campaign kickoff “flyaround” in 2008, the guy knew peoples’ names, their kids names, their dogs’ names, whatever. Whatever else you think about Mark Warner, that’s impressive.
P.S. A highly observant friend of mine points out that one of the newspaper front pages has the headline, “Poll: GOP Ahead.” Perhaps Warner’s staff might have folded that paper a bit differently? 🙂