James Webb & Netroots

James Webb's surprise announcement that he will challenge George Allen for the US Senate in VA is a shocker given that most of the Netroots activists who were seeking to draft Webb had thought he had decided against running.  The story I heard was that he wanted to run but that personal and business commitments were a major issue.

Webb will be a strong candidate and a primary will be a good thing in Virginia.  Even the strongest supporters of Harris Miller (and Webb) must admit the fact that thier candidate has never run for anything before (unless I'm missing a school board or class president race).  Hopefully, competition will strengthen both candidates.

Aside from the personalities, this is a victory for Netroots activism and "Draft" movements in general.  The Washington Post article from today spotlighted the efforts of www.draftjameswebb.com and quoted from the site.  Webb was moved by the draft movement.

Not everyone on the blogosphere is going to like everything about James Webb -- I predict more than a few flame wars -- but everyone should be glad that George Allen is going to get some serious competition.  

Tags: blogs, Kames Webb, netroots (all tags)



Re: James Webb & Netroots

Miller has been an active Democrat for years. Webb sat out the 2005 election and all the subsequent special elections. There are very legitmate doubts about Webb's willingness to support Democratic candidates other than himself.

by Alice Marshall 2006-02-08 07:58AM | 0 recs
Re: James Webb & Netroots

Hasn't web given thousands upon thousands of dollars in campaign donations to non-VA Republicans in the past, though?

by HellofaSandwich 2006-02-08 11:57AM | 0 recs
Re: James Webb & Netroots

Er... I meant, "Hasn't MILLER given thousands upon thousands..."

by HellofaSandwich 2006-02-08 12:11PM | 0 recs
Re: James Webb & Netroots

Millers biggest problem is that, while his mother & father named him "Harris" he is known as "Lobbyist Harris Miller" in the media, at least the Washington Post.  That is not the best first name in 2006.  Webb is known as "Author, War-Hero & former Naval Secretary James Webb".

Let the best candidate win & take on George Allen.  If I was a betting man, I'd bet the farm, the home and the savings account on Webb, but if Miller can beat him I'll sure support him, with enthusiasm, over George Allen.  

by howardpark 2006-02-08 01:55PM | 0 recs
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Miller can give hundreds of thousands to Democrats. If he can't win, what use is he?

Alice, VA is not Massachusetts. Senator Allen is not Lincoln Chafee.

We are up against a red state & a popular Republican incumbent. In fact, this is the last time the Democratic party can foil a George Allen for President campaign.

Allen wins, he becomes the front runner among conservatives for 2008. If he loses this race, he's finished!

Stop this purity test. The greatest Republican ever was a former Democrat in Ronald Reagan.

People change their views. People see the light. Don't take that as a negative against people who decide to switch parties.

Often enough, the worst & loudest critic of a political party is in fact their FORMER party members.

You don't believe me? Ask Zell Miller, Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, Richard Shelby, Jim Jeffords.

Is it our goal to defeat Allen & takeover the Senate? Or is it to support a weak candidate who calls himself a true democrat.

by fightingLadyinblue 2006-02-09 07:20PM | 0 recs


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