Sometimes it's necessary to have uncomfortable conversations. Now is one of those times.
Virginia Democrats have an opportunity they have not had in decades: a chance to affect the outcome of a presidential election. They may in fact have two chances: one in the primaries and one in the general election, if we choose our candidate wisely. Today, my friend Ben Tribbett reminded me how important that responsibility is and how important it is that we have a conversation about our choices, even if it is a little uncomfortable for some.
A conversation we need to have, a conversation that is long overdue, is a conversation about the record, the experience, and the management style of Senator Hillary Clinton of New York. Hillary Clinton, as most of you no doubt know, is running for president. She is doing so on the basis of her "experience" and her readiness to "hit the ground running."
Hillary Clinton claims that she has no need for "on the job training." She claims that her experience includes "thirty-five years of change." It is my belief that these claims cannot be accepted on their face. They need to be explored, probed, and subjected to independent scrutiny to help the voters of Virginia--Democrats, independents, and even the occasional stray Republican tempted by the pull of his or her conscience to cross over--who will vote in this year's Democratic presidential primary.
We owe it to Virginia's voters to make certain we provide them with the best information we can as we head into a critical vote on February 12, 2008. An opportunity like this may not come our way again for decades. To ensure that this opportunity is not wasted, I plan to lead this critical conversation in the next few weeks.
I look forward to sharing my findings with you all and discussing them at length as Virginia's historic February 12th primary approaches.