Obama will be key in '12 race for Webb's open seatThat's certainly true. After all, it's a presidential election year.
President Barack Obama has all but endorsed Tim Kaine for the Senate. During partisan events in Harlem on Tuesday, the president urged his audience to support Kaine – if the former Virginia governor entered the race to fill the seat opened by Jim Webb’s retirement.
In 2008, Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Virginia since Lyndon Johnson. His popularity has slipped. Still, he asserts a compelling presence.
Kaine and Allen are formidable candidates. But the most important personage in Virginia’s 2012 Senate campaign will be the president of the United States.
As for that "compelling presence," though, I'd love to see that argument made.
It's fair to say that not-quite-Governor Creigh Deeds might have something to say about it.
As might not-currently-employed Rick Boucher.
And Democratic rising star ... uh, what was his name again? I can't remember now that he's been flushed:
Yeah, Obama has had considerable influence on election results here in Virginia. And will for years to come.
The GOP would like to thank him for past efforts and encourage his active work in the state going forward. Money can't buy the kind of influence he can deliver.