Democrats' Conundrum in Virginia
Jim Webb is not exactly a paleoconservative but neither is he much like anyone else willing to don the Democratic Party mantle in recent years. Were he still a Republican his fiction writing alone would have gotten him pilloried if he was running for U.S. Senator. (We don't even need to get into other instances of rather extreme political incorrectness).
To understand the irony of Webb's running as a Democrat, read Andrew Ferguson's excellent article reporting on a recent Arlington house party. Then come back and read the rest of this.
My take: The Democrats will run ANYONE who a) is willing to be called a "Democrat" and b) has a chance of winning an election. If Jim Webb can be a Democrat, anyone can.
This observation is not just about snorting derisively at a political party forced to such depths of blatant expediency, however. The Republicans have been less than knights in shining armor on a number of issues despite controlling the federal government for the past four years. Perhaps the Democrats could grow a "Jim Webb" wing to eventually squelch the, um, entire party and thereby provide a viable alternative to the Republicans?
I support George Allen because, as noted in earlier posts, he is simply better on some issues I think are important, and I think a Republican-led Senate holds significant advantages over one controlled by the Democrats. If George Allen loses his Senate seat, though, I'm not going to stick my head in the oven. It's an electric oven, and the implications are simply to horrible to contemplate. And further, if the Republicans don't provide the opportunity to move our country in the right direction that isn't going to leave a whole lot of choices. Following November 7 we will be surveying some of those choices. You have to consider the Democratic Party a part of the mix, provided they grow a lot more Jim Webb and a lot less everything they are at this moment.
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