Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Webb to challenge Miller to face Allen

James Webb, who in '94 endorsed Chuck Robb over Ollie North and in '00 endorsed George Allen over Chuck Robb has announced he will file papers this week to run as a Democrat for Allen's senate seat. Before he can take on Allen, though, he must first go up against Harris Miller for the Dem nod. With Miller laying claim to the image of a centrist, pro-business Dem in the mold of Mark Warner and Webb running as an anti-war candidate, it appears that VA Dems are headed for a showdown between the two wings of their party. So sit back and watch how it all unfolds. Who will win the primary? Who controls the grassroots of the VA Dems? Pro-business moderate Mark Warner wannabes or the anti-war, Howard Dean, MoveOn.org faction? This primary will be telling....

11 Comments:

At 2/08/2006 09:56:00 AM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

Oh thank god you got rid of the blue...

Anyway - the first thing to look for is whether Webb can raise money. Are these thousands of internet activists going to kick in smoe serious dough? Or just send him $10...

 
At 2/08/2006 10:01:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Webb has access to money, he will win the nomination and give Allen a run for his money but Allen will win with 54 %. The GOP is in denial about the problems they have in NOVA.

 
At 2/08/2006 10:32:00 AM, Anonymous Go A-Team said...

Single-issue candidates never win, and that's what Webb is running on. His platform will never match up to the list of Sen. Allen's accomplishments in the Senate and as Governor.

 
At 2/08/2006 10:51:00 AM, Blogger J.Sarge said...

"Sen. Allen's accomplishments in the Senate. . ."

I love that line. Malarkey.

Riley, the spin begins, does it? Modelling Webb after Dean?

Webb is hardly Jonny One-Note. I will admit that, in a Democratic primary, his views on the war will be the lead issue, but a man of Webb's stature cannot be cabined into the "anti-war, Howard Dean, MoveOn.org faction" as you call it.

The GOP is concerned, justifiably, about Webb in the general. I suppose it is never to early to start painting your opposition. . .

 
At 2/08/2006 11:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Touche'. Webb's campaign has certainly touched a nerve. What a desperate mischaracterization!

 
At 2/08/2006 11:45:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say that Webb definitely is a tantalizing candidate. I'm not afraid to vote for either party, and Webb certainly has attraction as a former-Republican running as a Moderate Democrat. Allen will probably win, but Webb may beat him up a bit, and weaken him for 2008.

 
At 2/08/2006 12:30:00 PM, Anonymous Go A-Team said...

Marlarkey? The record speaks for itself. Some just don't want to read or hear it. Just to name a few Senate accomplisments:

- Sen. Allen's Internet Tax Non-Discrimination Act (S. 150) was signed into law by Pres. Bush.

- In 2005, Sen. Allen introduced a bill to do more for the families of soldiers killed in service of their country by raising the death benefit for “next of kin” from $12,000 to $100,000.

- As the sponsor of the Debbie Smith Act, Senator Allen honored a Virginian who dealt with the horrendous crime of sexual assault. The Debbie Smith Act provides training for law enforcement and medical workers in handling sexual assault cases.

- Senator Allen supported the President’s Jobs and Growth Package, which allows families to keep more of the money they earn.

- Senator Allen is working to expand Virginia’s successful Project EXILE to the federal level.

- and more, but I'll end here.

Sen. Allen continues with the listening tour, which he began as Governor, every year to hear from his constituents and Virginians appreciate that.

 
At 2/08/2006 12:52:00 PM, Anonymous Freddie said...

If Webb is not a Jonny One-Note, what other issues does he have?

 
At 2/08/2006 01:17:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

J. Sarge, you said, "man of Webb's stature cannot be cabined into the 'anti-war, Howard Dean, MoveOn.org faction' as you call it."

My point is that is where his support will largely come from in the primary. Better candidates have had their campaigns hijacked by enthusiastic supporters that wind up doing more harm than good.

When Cindy Sheehan voices her support for Webb and Michael Moore starts asking people to donate to Webb's campaign, it is all over no matter how much distance Webb tries to put between himself and the true Looney Toons.

 
At 2/08/2006 04:32:00 PM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

We need to kick Howard Dean, Cindy Shaheen, and Michael Moore off the bus...

 
At 2/13/2006 01:56:00 PM, Anonymous Dick from Alexandria said...

Hmm... I like Mark Warner and Howard Dean: two pragmatic Democratic governors. Some people think there can't be common interest among liberals, competent pro-business anti-cronyists, and civil libertarians. How wrong!

By the way, why all the fuss about Cheney shooting his "hunting" partner. Weren't they just practicing the new Olympic sport called "Die-athlon?" (You know the one where the participants get tanked-up and then ski down the hill with their shotguns blazing? Gold is the only medal awarded...)

 

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