Add Cleantech Innovation Consortiums to America COMPETES
July 20, 2010
The reauthorization of America COMPETES--America’s signature innovation law--now in the Senate contains a few innovations in its own text, such as a regional industry cluster program. Such a program--informed by an important Metro Program paper and similar to the one inserted into the House's recently passed America COMPETES reauthorization bill--represents an important recognition that technological innovation in 2010 entails much more than annually pouring R&D money into the system and waiting for job-creating high-growth companies to spin magically out.
Parsing Obama's Wall St. Speech
April 22, 2010
[Guest post by Noam Scheiber:] Substantively, there wasn’t a ton of news in Obama’s Wall Street speech earlier today. Certainly the proposals were familiar to anyone who’s followed the debate these last few months. Politically, there were two important signals. First, it appears that the administration is beyond the demonization phase of its campaign for financial reform. Instead, what we saw today was vintage Obama unity.
Nice Guys Finish Last
November 03, 2009
If Creigh Deeds loses today—and few candidates have hoisted themselves out of the kind of hole he’s dug—let it be known that the Commonwealth of Virginia missed out on having a very nice man in Richmond. “When you elect a governor, you elect not only their positions, but you elect their character, their heart,” declared Senator Mark Warner, to a gamely cheering crowd of about 150 in Alexandria’s Market Square last night.
Was Creigh Deeds's Fatal Error Being Himself?
November 02, 2009
Whenever I read the words, "You're not from around here, are you?" I automatically imagine them being said with a serious Southern--or at least rural--twang.
What Was Sheila Bair Getting At?
September 06, 2009
I'm coming a little late to Sheila Bair's intriguing Times op-ed from last week, but I think Tim Fernholz basically got it right over at The Prospect: Bair wasn't kvetching about the administration's regulatory proposals--the kind of thing that got her in Tim Geithner's crosshairs a few weeks back. She was taking aim at even more radical proposals for regulatory consolidation, like what Sen. Mark Warner lays out here. Basically, the administration wants to fold the underwhelming Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS) into the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency--the two agencies that regula
And Then, On Msnbc, The Unthinkable Happened
August 26, 2008
Something remarkable just happened on MSNBC. Chris Matthews spent at least two minutes, maybe three, musing over the substantive argument in a convention speech. It happened right after former Virginia Governor Mark Warner finished his keynote address. Matthews seized on Warner's line about the importance of asking Americans to make sacrifices--and Bush's failure to make that request after 9/11.
Warner's Keynote, Cont'd
August 13, 2008
I agree with Eve. I've found Mark Warner an underwhelming, clunky speaker in the past; here's hoping he's honed his skills. He's also not an especially "new" face, though that may be more true from an insider's vantage than for the general public. (Also: Eve calls Warner "youthful," but he is 54, after all; this ain't 30-year-old Harold Ford in 2000.) One thing's for sure: Obama has a reason to be grateful to Warner. There was very little talk of an Obama 2008 candidacy until Warner, who had been positioning himself as a formidable alternative to Hillary, abruptly decided not to run himself.
Jim Gilmore's Train Wreck
June 09, 2008
The meltdown of Jim Gilmore's bid for a Virginia Senate seat against Mark Warner continues: Fairfax County Republican Vincent F. Callahan Jr., former chairman of the Virginia House Appropriations Committee and onetime ally of James S. Gilmore III, said he would announce Monday that he is supporting Democrat Mark R. Warner in the state's U.S.
February 13, 2008
It was less than two years ago that Mark Warner hosted his nowlegendary bash for liberal bloggers––with its ice sculpture and $50,000 price tag––during the 2006 Yearly Kos convention in Las Vegas. At the time, the Democratic former governor of Virginia was mulling a White House bid and looking for netroots support. Tom Vilsack, a fellow aspirant, also appeared at the convention, as did Bill Richardson. Hillary Clinton didn’t show, to the chagrin of many, but even she, a few weeks later, hired liberal blogger Peter Daou, and she made sure to swing by Yearly Kos the following year.
Warner Is Dead...
September 13, 2007
...long live Warner! Everyone is saying that this will be a tight race, and perhaps it will. But given Mark Warner's popularity in Virginia, the prevailing political winds in the state and the nation, and, yes, even the thousands of additional votes he'll undoubtedly get from confused folks who mistake him for his retiring namesake, I think the seat is his to lose. (Unless, that is, he opts for higher office.) --Christopher Orr