Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Jim Webb's victory in Virginia









Interesting commentary by David Boaz. We have a two-party system, so the choice is between Webb and Allen. Bottom Line: Webb's victory in the general election will be a major blow to Bush's Iraq policy and would strengthen the hands of the anti-war wing in the Democratic party.

8 comments:

Gothamimage said...

Webb is a decorated vet, annapolis grad, former Reagan defense official, war story author, and the author of a book about the pugnacity of the Scotch Irish. Yet - in our age of paradox - he is the one who can strengthen the anti war side of the Democratic party. Good luck to him - It will be a tough race. If he can beat Allen, that will be huge.

daveg said...

I didn't know he was the author of that book! Thanks.

I am going to write a check today (I was going to anyway).

Gothamimage said...

Isn't it odd that he or anyone who opposes the current policy is now considered anti war. Or that someone in the center, like Webb, will be portrayed as either incoherent or radical. It's as if the normal default thinking process somehow boxed into the political fringe - Webb would probably think of himself as anti war the way Ike thought of himself the same way. But we live in the era of bellicose pundits. who are more interested in setting up arguments in a pundit context than actual policy decisions.

Anonymous said...

In the late 1970's, Webb wrote an article opposing using women in combat roles in the military. This came back to haunt him when he was being considered for a post in the DoD during Reagan's first term. Expect the Bushies to try to smear him with it again. Not that conservative Republicans are feminists; the Karl Rove way is to use any stick at hand though.

BTW, Webb's first novel, "Fields of Fire", based on his combat experience in Vietnam is one of the few great novels to come out of that war. No one who reads it will ever forget it.

Gothamimage said...

How about a novel that features a new kind of warrior - About a pundit who writes prolifically and with great eruition about all the countries he wants to liberate - But after Bush's poll numbers suffer he gets writers block - then he gets a vicious paper cut when going thru some old copies of Foreign Affairs. When he lecture fees begin to decline, he becomes disillusioned - for a while

Global Paradigms said...

Got...There is a new novel, the Futurist, which makes funs of pundits...

Anonymous said...

Hey anonymousy comment above - this is a different anonymous. You mentioned Webb's opposition to women in combat roles in the 70s. You said conservatives will try to use that against him.

But couldn't that backfire? Most southern conservatives oppose putting women in combat roles - Of all the crazy things Webb could have done in the 70s (like Bush) - why should this position hurt him>?

Duane said...

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