I saw 95% of Mark Warner’s speech last night, and I have to admit to coming away confused as to why he talked up a claim “that may not go over too well in a hall full of 18,000 partisan Democrats[.]”  If it was saying that it going to be what most of his speeches are – generally uninspiring and constantly reassuring us that he won’t break out and ask us to do anything hard – well, okay.  But it struck me more that he was indulging – on a national stage – what Virginia Democrats have a particular talent for doing: running against the same non-existent scary liberal that populates the imaginations of Virginia Republicans.  It’s an ugly enough bit of theatre here in Virginia, and there was no need to bolster the myth when he had national attention.