Democratic srategist Dave “Mudcat” Sanders, talking up a Mark Warner Senate run:
The national press, for some reason or another, has not gotten around to talking about the “collateral damage” that the polarizing effect of Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket would inflict on other races all over America. It’s whispered all over the Capitol but not shouted out anywhere. How would you like to be a Democratic member of the House or Senate in a red state and have to deal with Hillary at the top of the ticket? Hell, we will not only lose the White House in 2008, but could lose the House and Senate as well. What scares me is I believe in my heart that if Mark doesn’t run, no other Democrat could beat Tom Davis in Virginia with Hillary at the top. This is still Virginia.
So here’s my early line. With Hillary at the top: Mark wins by 5-8. With Obama at the top, Mark wins by 7-10. With Edwards at the top: Mark wins by 15-plus.
Sanders was one of the strategists behind Warner’s 2001 gubernatorial win. I’m sure the Edwards and Obama campaigns will be calling attention to this. Iowa’s a red state, isn’t it? New Hampshire was one in 2000, and South Carolina is as red as they come.