Putting the Webb VP speculation in perspective.
Short version: Please pick this man. Oh, *please*, pick this man.
By Moe Lane Posted in 2008 | James Webb | The Best Democratic Primary EVER | Veepstakes — Comments (5) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
I've been officially undecided whether Obama (assuming that he gets the nomination) picking Webb for the VP slot is a good idea, or a bad one: but this roundup of reactions by James Joyner to the idea (see also Ross Douthat, Yglesias guest-blogger Cathy G*, The American Conservative for a take from a demographic that Obama might theoretically want to go after, and last but definitely not least, BeldarBlog, who would have as much fun with this as I would) (H/T: Glenn) has convinced me: if Obama gets the nod, he should go with James Webb.
It'll be a gas. We have years and years of the man's comments and observations, and while his convenient apostasy may have been acceptable for a Virginia Senate campaign, Webb will not be able to run as a stealth Republican in the general election. He'll be the running mate of a man who has Code Pink leader Jodie Evans bundling for him (via Melanie Morgan); it is not only acceptable, but actually necessary to pin the man down on whether he was lying then, or lying now, about what he believes in. And the really funny part is: you know that temper thing that Democrats keep trying to pin on McCain? Yeah, well, let's just say that Jim Webb may not be exactly the most phlegmatic guy in the world, and leave it at that.
So by all means, Senator Obama: please go with this guy.
*This one requires special note: Kathy G brings up that wonderfully embarrassing Washingtonian piece that Webb had to apologize to women for - grudgingly - during his Senatorial run. Unfortunately for Webb, he didn't also apologize to the Vietnam antiwar movement for similar comments... which means that it's still fair game (how do we know that he meant it?), and you can expect that it and other little comments** will be brought up a lot, just to see how many blood vessels Jim Webb will pop from the strain of having to plausibly disavow a decade's worth of hurtful and hateful comments towards progressives.
And, not to give advice to progressives, but really: you guys should make him crawl.
**So, how do you feel about
Hanoi Jane Ms. Fonda these days, Senator? Seeing as you're both on the same side now, and all.