The WashPo reported the other day that Marky Mark was “weighing his options” as to what to do politically in the future. Run for the Senate in ’08? Run for Governor in ’09?
Well, WMAL is reporting now that Marky Mark’s Funky Bunch are saying that he will announce tomorrow that he is running for the Senate. This is somewhat surprising, especially if Marky Mark is aware that the opposition research compiled by Hillary!’s political hitman Howard Wolfson that forced him out of the ’08 presidential race has, shall we say, migrated to less than friendly hands. Then again, I’ve made it no secret that I don’t believe Marky Mark is all that particularly bright. I’ve met the man, spoken to him, looked him in the eye and seen that the elevator doesn’t go all the way to the penthouse. It wouldn’t surprise me that Marky Mark is dumb enough to think that he can run and win.
I’m actually looking forward to Marky Mark running because I believe that he can be beaten without sinking to using the personal dirt that Wolfson dug up on him (I wouldn’t even wish that sort of treatment upon Marky Mark.) I’ve seen the thick opposition research book on his public record and there is plenty of ammo in there. This guy is 1 for 3 in political races — lost a senate race in ’96 despite vastly outspending John Warner, won a governor’s race in ’01 over a lackluster Mark Earley campaign, suddenly and mysteriously dropped out of ’08 presidential race after just a few weeks.
His decision to run for senate in ’08 is the best scenario for the GOP. Why? First, because they will keep the senate seat safely in GOP hands in ’08. Second, because this campaign will signal the end of his political career, knocking him out of contention for governor in ’09 once his miserable record as governor has been touted far and wide among Virginians.
Marky Mark now has a record he has to defend and be held accountable for, something he has never had to do in a campaign before. This includes his Enron-style accounting as governor – misplacing $137 million meant for education, forecasting a deficit requiring a $1.4 billion tax increase and then having the state show a $1.4 billion surplus, little things like that. Not to mention his utter failure to get either of his tax hike schemes approved by the voters. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
When you hear the leftwing Nutroots try and claim (per our policy, get your own link) that U.S. Rep. Tom Davis or any other GOPer won’t run against Marky Mark, don’t believe it for a second. That is just wishful thinking on their part. Their guy is about to be exposed as just being a man behind a curtain.