Mark Warner decides not to run in ‘08

It’s a damn shame; for a long while I’ve thought he was the Democrats best candidate for the next election. The most frustrating part is the reason he gave for the decision.

I have decided not to run for President.

This past weekend, my family and I went to Connecticut to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday, and then we took my oldest daughter Madison to start looking at colleges.

I know these moments are never going to come again. This weekend made clear what I’d been thinking about for many weeks—that while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge—at this point, I want to have a real life.

And while the chance may never come again, I shouldn’t move forward unless I’m willing to put everything else in my life on the back burner.

Who was it that said “The best men don’t get into politics”? It’s a bloody shame that the people with exactly the right attitude are excluded from the Presidency because of it.

As far as 2008 goes… if it’s another contest between slimeballs I’m moving to Canada.

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