August 26th, 2008
10:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Castellanos: Warner the 'next Democrat'

Former VA Governor Mark Warner gave the keynote address at the DNC in Denver.
Former VA Governor Mark Warner gave the keynote address at the DNC in Denver.

A powerful speech from Mark Warner, who is going to come out of this convention as the "next Democrat," much like Barack Obama himself emerged from the Democratic convention four years ago.

The election Obama can win is not one about who has the experience to lead the world in the most dangerous moment in history - That's the election we Republicans would like.

Watch: Waner says this is 'the most important contest' of our generation

The election Obama can win is a race between the past and future, and Warner framed that election better than anyone else this year except perhaps Barack Obama himself.

The structure of the old world we knew is gone. No longer is America the unchallenged economic leader of the world. No longer is our security challenged by only one formidable Soviet adversary. Warner told America tonight that we face a new generation of challenges, implying we need a new generation of leaders to meet them.

What he didn't tell us is that behind the new rhetoric, there are still the same old industrial age policies: Warner closed his budget gap in Virginia by persuading liberal republicans to join him in raising taxes. Today Obama promises just the same.

soundoff (77 Responses)
  1. KenB, MI

    We continue to find a way...

    August 26, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  2. Clinton Supporter

    Looks like Bill Clinton was right about Obama's Iraq "saga" being a fairy tale. Not a word about at the end of Night #2 of the Great Gathering of Egos.

    August 26, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  3. sacto joe

    Look. It's really simple. It's about TAX FAIRNESS. How is it fair for someone who can barely keep body and soul together to pay more taxes as a percentage than a multi-millionaire?

    THAT'S what Senator Obama is fighting for: TAX FAIRNESS!

    GO BAMA!

    August 26, 2008 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  4. McCain, the original SELL-OUT!

    Mark Warner for president in 2012?

    You never know what will happen in 2012 should Obama not win in November.

    Will Obama supporters vote for Hillary should she run again?
    maybe. maybe not.

    August 26, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  5. Wow

    Sorry but the first time I was impressed all night was just now watching Hillary video she had made, nice job! Did I just say that out loud?

    August 26, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. TheLeftNut

    IF Obama looses Hillary will NEVER be President because she'll get all the blame.

    GUARANTEED!

    August 26, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  7. Kevin

    I think that Schweitzer showed himself as the next leader for the Democratic party. What an amazing presence. All I could think while he was speaking was, "this is just like Obama in '04."

    August 26, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. EqualBranchesofGovernment

    Castellanos...put your blog on FoxNews.....no one wants to hear it tonight.

    August 26, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. Monica

    So the "next Democrat" is going to bore us to death...

    August 26, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Oregon here

    Thank you Hillary, I feel like you are one of us. Thank you again.
    Obama/Biden 08

    August 26, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  11. Sandy

    Put those PUMAs in their place, Hillary

    August 26, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  12. Eric De La Torre

    Warner's speech was great, it highlighted all the new challenges facing America as well as Obama's main weakness, his inexperiance. Because I care so much for my country, even enlisting in the Air Force to protect my country that I feel it is my duty to write in Hillary. I will not throw away my security over "party unity."

    August 26, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  13. TN FOR OBAMA

    No Way

    No How

    NO MCCAIN ! ! ! !

    August 26, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. CBH

    A brillant keynote address.

    August 26, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  15. Californian for Clinton!!

    NO WAY!!! NO HOW!!! NO McSAME!!!

    HILARY VOTERS FOR OBAMA 08!!!

    Oh Yea and Warner was cool too!!

    August 26, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  16. Matt B

    WHEN are the media and the republicans going to realize that it is NOT the messenger (Obama) but the MESSAGE – CHANGE ! CHANGE ! CHANGE !!!

    Many Americans can not take another four years of a lousy economy, stagnant wages, and skyrocketing fuel, health care, and grocery costs. And President McCain promises another four years of the same.

    August 26, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. arbite

    "Industrial Age" policies like paying as we go, instead of shafting our children.

    The Republicans had their turn. They failed.

    We got next.

    August 26, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. gtekam

    The next Barack Obama will be either Hillary or WArner

    August 26, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  19. Scott L

    Warner skyrocketed our taxes here in VA, why are you people idolizing him? Just another politician who jacked up our taxes and is taking our hard earned money. What is the point of getting a raise or bonus if the government just keeps taking more and more. ENOUGH!

    August 26, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. Matthew

    Our next president is a guy who has a "third times the charm!" attitude?

    Jesus– how screwed are we?

    August 26, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  21. Wow

    Thanks Sandy, create more votes for McCain, nice job!

    You know what, I'm sitting here thinking, now that we know a woman can make it that far, can actually do it... it won't matter what happens with Obama in the general, If Hillary runs in 2012, she'll win.

    August 26, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  22. 4 more months too much

    No WAY!

    NO HOW!

    NO MCCAIN!!!!

    August 26, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  23. Sandi from Ada, MI

    "fear...raising taxes...he said-she said...blah-blah-blah..."

    Virginia is a great example where the Republican talking points just don't fly.

    Mark Warner was a young technology and science-friendly leader, with little political experience. He had big ideas, he was willing to ask more from his people than past leaders...and he worked across the aisle to get things done. He made his state a huge success story. Mark Warner is PROOF the future will be better with a leader like him.

    Barack Obama is like Mark Warner. John McCain is like George W. Bush.

    August 26, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. Adam from NY

    I was thinking the same thing; he was really terrific.

    August 26, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  25. cellisis

    No McCain and No Bama, and it's too bad that we don't have another choice!

    August 26, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
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