While I suspect this is a shot across the bow warning to Obama, it is incredibly huge to see former Virginia governor and respected Democrat Douglas Wilder not only chastise the Obama administration Thursday morning but then follow that up in the evening by dropping in on Mitt Romney’s Richmond, Virginia fundraiser featuring Paul Ryan.

At a fundraiser at the Richmond, VA Marriott tonight for the Romney campaign, there was a surprise guest. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who in turn introduced Rep. Paul Ryan. But before McDonnell took the mic, another figure was acknowledging dignitaries in the crowd. Among those dignitaries addressed from the stage, was former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, according to a Tatler source who was there.

Wilder, a Democrat, is the first black politician elected governor in the United States. He served as governor of Virginia from 1990 to 1994. Wilder has been sharply critical of Vice President Joe Biden’s controversial “chains” comment this week.

Gov. Wilder’s appearance at a fundraiser for the Republican presidential ticket is sure to set off shock waves among the Democrats, and lead to speculation that he could shake up the race with more criticism of the Democratic ticket. (Obama-Biden: Hope and Chains” by Debra Saunders for Real Clear Politics)

Is this the beginning of respected Democrats bailing on Obama?

Virginia is, by media accounts, an Obama-leaning must-win state for either candidate. Personally, as a Virginia resident, I don’t see any love for Obama around here in northern Virginia. Those who voted for Obama last time, whether well-meaning or bullied, will surely think twice. The choice this time is to vote for Romney, else vote a second time for Obama and now prove they are serially stupid.

Governor Wilder has made clear his choice. He has sharply criticized Biden’s racist chains and slavery comment. With White House dismissal Wilder followed up with a great tweet: “Maybe voters won’t notice that this administration has lost hope and resists change.” (“Obama-Biden: Hope and Chains” by Debra Saunders for Real Clear Politics)

And that’s not all. Governor Wilder is clearly not happy with Obama and Biden. Take a look at his latest tweets (https://twitter.com/GovernorWilder) that have shifted from an eclectic selection of news clips to a series of peeved observations (old to new):

  • John Kass indicates Biden has boiled Obama’s re-election down to class war and race. (http://trib.in/SkQnVV
  • We are not African Americans – We are all Americans. 
  • Biden needs to speak to each other as individuals and not divide the country. (bit.ly/OkxXlL
  • Biden needs to “cool it, backup” and admit that he is wrong. (bit.ly/NJ0X7t) 
  • Maybe voters won’t notice that this administration has lost hope and resists change.

The report of Wilder being at and introduced or acknowledged at Romney’s fundraiser, insofar as it is being reported, is huge and breaking news—even if briefly. That Wilder has spent the day on the warpath about Biden, then intentionally, conveniently, or even by accident shows up at a Romney fundraiser is an unmistakable statement.

Democrat Governor Wilder now, who next?
Matthew Weaver is president/CEO of Project Weavers, which offers project management training and PMP exam prep courses.