Jim Webb Speaks 2
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I have never been a huge fan of Jim Webb, he is pretty much to the right of me on every issue. Still he is a Democrat and he did a nice job of derailing Sen. George “Macaca” Allen and giving the Democrats one of the seats that the party needed to take back the Senate for the last two years of George W. Bush’s final term.

Talking Points Mem
o is reporting that he will not be running for re-election in the Commonwealth in 2012. They have the full announcement there but here is a little bit of it:

It has been a great and continuing privilege to serve in the United States Senate. I am very proud of my talented and dedicated staff, which has worked tirelessly to resolve the issues on which I based my candidacy, and to protect the interests of all Virginians in this national forum. Among other contributions we have given our Post- 9/11 veterans the best GI Bill since World War Two; we have taken the lead in reforming our criminal justice system; we have led the way toward stronger relations in East and Southeast Asia; and we have been a strong voice in calling on China to act more responsibly in the world community. We will continue to work on these and other issues throughout the rest of my term.

However, after much thought and consideration I have decided to return to the private sector, where I have spent most of my professional life, and will not seek re-election in 2012.

Sen. Webb does not say why he is retiring but it seems pretty obvious that the conditions that allowed him to win last time are not going to be there this time. The election of the reactionary Governor his pet wingnut AG have signaled that Virginia has moved to a more conservative stance. That, plus the possible resurgence of George Allen could make for a very tough election. . . .

The good news, is that making his intentions known this early means that there is a chance for a strong candidate to emerge who might appeal the enough voters in Virginia to beat back the Republican challenge and keep that seat. In any case it makes it less likely that Democrats will retain that seat unless they can run someone with the same kind of name recognition as Sen. Allen. Tim Kaine comes to immediate mind, but that is the only name that does so.

More on this as it becomes available.

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Bill Egnor

Bill Egnor

I am a life long Democrat from a political family. Work wise I am a Six Sigma Black Belt (process improvement project manager) and Freelance reporter for Govtrak.org