The Commonwealth Iconoclast

A site dedicated to covering issues relevant to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and nation at large, plus other interesting things too, as I see fit...

Saturday, December 10, 2005

James Webb for Senate?!

James Webb, Naval Academny Graduate, former Marine, former Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan Administration is considering challenging George Allen for his Senate seat. That race would pit a stereo-type defying Democrat against a popular Rebulican in a, typically, red state. I think whether James Webb in facts run and how he does will speak volumes about the state of the Virginia Democratic Party and Virginia Electorate as a whole. Webb is an author of several military fiction movels, as well as the story that ultimately was turned into the movie Rules of Engagement.

His website has a brief bio articles and interviews that give some insight into his views on foreign policy, Iraq, and to a lesser extent the reason why Democrats continue to lose the southern white vote.

On Iraq, he is very critical of the neo-con movement. It appears that he disagrees with the view that America can export values through the use of military force. In the last presidential election, he was equally critical of Kerry's post-service record after Vietnam and Bush's draft dodging in the Texas Air National Guard.

One of the more interesting aspects of his political views is that he believe the Democrats failure to court the Scots-Irish vote in the south is what is causing it to lose areas like the Shenandoah Valley and other rural areas. He asserts that a ppeal to Jacksonian Democracy can bring this vote back to the Democrats. His views on this were cited in the post-election analysis that Will posted a couple of days ago.

My view on Webb is that while I don't know enough about his views, he is the type of person that can defeant George Allen. I believe that Virginia Democrats need to nominate candidates who thoughtful leaders who promote governance over politics. It doesn't matter to me that a candidate matches my views on all issues, what is more important is can that candidate raise the level of debate. Can that candidate defy the stereo-types and move past slogans. Valley voters don't need to be tricked into voting Democrat, they need someone who brings them a vision they believe in.

With respect to Will, I am nervous about David Ashe. While Webb is critical of Iraq, an Iraq veteran would turn the race into a media circus. While that would bring national attention to the race, I am note sure that would be the best for the race. National democrats will not do well in Virginia, but the last election shows that moderate Virginia Democrats can win statewide. An appeal to voters who are open to voting for governance and leadership is a winnging stategy. Allen and BOlling are wrong, and misinterpret the last election at their own peril. Suburban and Exuraban voters are more concerned with government that works than with unrealistic no-tax promises and a strong stance in the Culture Wars. What remains to be seen is can a Democrat reach out to the Valley voter who does care about the Culture Wars.

5 Comments:

  • At 12/11/2005 8:55 PM, Blogger Will Vaught said…

    if webb can beat allen, I'm all for him. period. "A thoughtful leader who promotes governance over politics" Yea, wouldn't that be a nice change...

     
  • At 12/11/2005 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If Webb can focus the campaign effectively, he has got the qualifications to give Allen a run for his money. Democrats can win in Virginia as Tim Kaine has just demonstrated. I see that there is mention made of Bolling. I would like to see some analysis on him. He sounds like he could be bad news for the Republicans... oh yes...he is a Republican!

     
  • At 12/12/2005 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Webb could be a good challenger. Just don't forget that money is another key ingredient. Mark Warner had to out-spend Mark Early by quite a bit a few years ago. I don't know the numbers on Kaine and Kilgore but I expect Kaine didn't skimp on spending to bring home the win. Webb will need money, lots of it.

     
  • At 12/12/2005 10:02 AM, Blogger valley iconoclast said…

    problem for any candidate is that no one is raising money because no one is in the race. I think if someone big gets in the will be some money flow, but they will have to demonstrate that it is possible win.

     
  • At 12/12/2005 10:04 AM, Blogger Will Vaught said…

    I guess it would be safe to bet that if he does run, he'd be willing to put some of his personal cash into the race? Is it safe to assume that Webb is worth a fortune? this would be a good thing...because running a high profile senate campaign versus someone like allen (if you want to win) would probably cost in the area of 30 million I would imagine...

     

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home