James Webb & Netroots
by howardpark, Wed Feb 08, 2006 at 03:48:23 AM EST
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.