Jim Gilmore is a good, maybe even great, man. His failure to rise in the polls may be due to his personally becoming — yet politically toxic — level of humility. He has not bragged on his credentials. His credentials are stunningly great.
Jim Gilmore is a man of enormous dignity, towering accomplishment, and splendid national service. He deserves nothing but respect. Take note.
Gilmore was a successful supply-side governor of Virginia. He served as the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2001, as governor of Virginia from 1998 – 2002 (previously having served as Attorney General) and was president of the Republican Governors Association. He also served as chairman of two important federal commissions. Since leaving office, has been an important voice in the policy universe for economic growth. He, also, is a reliable social conservative and NRA board member.
Of perhaps even greater significance, Gilmore served in the 650th Military Intelligence Group as a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent in West Germany during the Cold War. This gives him unique credentials as a Cold War veteran, and an intimate sense for national security operations. Although it would embarrass him were he to read this let it be said: Jim Gilmore is an authentic Cold War hero.
For you young’uns, for whom the Cold War seems as remote as does the Civil War to geezers like me, take note. (See the Wikipedia, from which portions, not all, of this little tutorial were drawn verbatim):
During the height of the Cold War, before Ronald Reagan finally turned the tide, there was an elite consensus that the Soviets could not be confronted but only contained.