Thursday, February 09, 2006

Webb to file candidacy papers today; Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore endorsement watch begins

As we reported the other day, Fmr. Navy Sec. in the Reagan Admin., James Webb, who endorsed George Allen in 2000, will file papers today to run for that senate seat himself this year. Given Webb's anti-war focus in the campaign, we unveil a new feature here on TC today -- The Cindy Sheehan / Michael Moore Endorsement Watch. Today is Day 1 of the watch, corresponding with Webb's actual filing of papers (even though he won't make an official announcement until sometime next week.) How long will it take for Sheehan, Moore and the rest of the lunatic left MoveOn.org / Democratic Underground crowd to come out of the woodwork in support of his campaign? Make your best guesses here in our comments section. The person coming closest wins the First Annual George Newman Award and the prize that goes along with it -- two tickets for admission at any time to Disney's America historical theme park in Haymarket, VA!

13 Comments:

At 2/09/2006 01:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's it. You are just plain jealous. You are so pissed that Dem grassroots (specifically Dem bloggers) were able to snagged a very qualified candidate. And we now have an honest-to-goodness race surely to make Allen very nervous.

So, think real hard who you might be able to convince to run. I think you were getting warm suggesting Steve Snow for 33rd Senate District. Now, there's a winner! Start your blog petition now. Time's a wastin'!

 
At 2/09/2006 01:27:00 PM, Blogger Hirons said...

If he basis his campaign around the Moore/Sheehan model he's dead in the water in Viginia. Problem is I think he's smart enough to know that. He won't stop taking that crowd's money, but will have very limited exposure with them inside the Commonwealth's boundries.

My guess would be he'll have an event with Sheehan (poosibly Moore-on too) early in some place other than Northern VA or Hampton Roads. Look for it by Mar. 1 in Richmond, Charlottesville, maybe Roanoke. Then the two of them will not be seen in VA again until after November.

 
At 2/09/2006 01:56:00 PM, Anonymous Freddie said...

If he does do an event with Sheehan or Moore, I hope the Allen people get photos. Those pictures will make great ads in October.

 
At 2/09/2006 02:20:00 PM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

"My guess would be he'll have an event with Sheehan (poosibly Moore-on too) early in some place other than Northern VA or Hampton Roads."

Ummm...no way in hell does he do that in Virginia...

 
At 2/09/2006 02:20:00 PM, Blogger Virginia Centrist said...

Or anywhere else, for that matter.

 
At 2/09/2006 02:41:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

I agree that he won't appear with Sheehan and Moore. Heck, he might even spurn their support if he's smart.

The question here is, when do they come out for him?

I didn't say the endorsements would be WANTED, just that they'll happen.

 
At 2/09/2006 02:48:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

Webb is no pacifist or U.S.-hater. His position (from what I've read so far) appears to be that Iraqq is doing great damage to the U.S. military to overall U.S. geopolitical/securtiy interests. He can't be lumped with someone like Moore, and it would make us look mean and low to even try that tactic. I'm sure Moore is anathema to Webb. Maybe Sheehan too, but she might be a bit more sympathetic because she lost a son in Iraq. Webb is the kind of guy who would honor that sacrifice. I'm certain, however, that he will not court their support. Doesn't mean they won't support him, but they should recognize that their support hurts him in these parts.

Viet Nam was a formative event in molding many of our best and brightest warriors to be Republican in their leanings. Iraq appears to be having at least a short-term effect in turning out a number of veterans who are leaning Democrat. While the impacts won't be measurable for a number of years, it is certain that the leaders of 20 to 30 years from now will include a lot of men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 
At 2/09/2006 03:27:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

NOVA Scout hit the nail on the head:

"I'm certain, however, that he will not court their support. Doesn't mean they won't support him, but they should recognize that their support hurts him in these parts."

The point is, Sheehan, Moore et al. don't care and would do it just for the publicity, even if it winds up hurting Webb. Webb would be smart to have a "Sistah Soulja moment" against Sheehan and Moore if they come to his support. That would be a telling sign.

 
At 2/09/2006 04:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the Bob Roberts Dean coming to campaign with Allen? Any other homophobes you can think of that might want to do a rally with his tallness? Stop being stupid and let's debate real issues...

 
At 2/09/2006 05:57:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

You're quite right about that, Riley. I don't think they have the restraint to avoid doing harm to a candidate who at least might be closer to them than his opponent. "Strategic silence" is not one of the tools in Mr. Moore's toolbaox.

 
At 2/09/2006 09:55:00 PM, Blogger Nick said...

Debate real issues? Watch out, that's almost like asking for Webb's policy positions.

 
At 2/10/2006 05:15:00 PM, Anonymous diane_M said...

riley, are you that foolish or just plain ignorant about Webb? I'm sorry, Webb is no hardcore liberal, actually he is a reformed moderate Democrat. Attacking Webb falsely ain't gonna work. Ask Kilgore for example.

the "liberal" paint brush attack line is over. Gone.

 
At 2/13/2006 03:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thegools said:

Webb is not Moore or Sheehan, though I am sure he will give a lot more honor to Sheehan for her loss than I see many on the right giving.

I also don't think he is going to pay much concern at courting votes who are so partisan that he has no chance a gaining them.

 

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