Again, we love our girl Laurin P. Manning.
Anybody combining her writing skills, verve for life and documented kinship to our two favorite NFL quarterbacks will always be "A-1" in FITS' book.
Laurin (whose virtual self is shown above standing on a virtual soundstage on virtual Mark Warner's website) happens to be great guns for the Virginia governor, which we find commendable, too.
Check out Laurin's latest post here for a sampling of the unrequited love.
What we did find interesting about Laurin's latest post however, was an observation that shows how low the bar currently resides when it comes to meeting our nation's leading public figures in a "public" setting.
"There’s never any sense that Warner is looking over the shoulder of the person to whom he’s speaking, a condition that ails many politicians," Manning wrote.
Actually, she's dead on in this observation, as anybody who has spent the requisite half-minute talking to Jim DeMint can tell you.
Of course then there's the opposite end of that spectrum, which includes politicians like Joe Wilson or Mark Hammond who are usually there leeching off of somebody else's crowd to begin with and will talk your ear off until you finally find a polite way to excuse (extricate) yourself from the conversation (and, ideally, flush their business card down the toilet).
Sure, we "normal" people residing here among the unwashed masses should recognize that politicians are busy, and like any cocktail hour, nobody should seek to engage them in an extended Cyndi Mosteller-style grilling.
But they're not that busy. And no, they're not that important.
Working the crowd is one of the few remaining spontaneous components of modern political life, which is probably why so few politicians do it well. In our opinion, though, it's a damn shame that we bestow such praise on these people for simply being able to hold a half-minute conversation with the people who put them where they are in the first place.
In other words, it's nice to know Mark Warner can make eye contact and appear to be relating to the average Joe or Jane, but in our humble view that should be a given, not a quality worthy of any enduring admiration.