Perhaps because he's trying to change the Democratic Party. While many Freepers are highly partisan Republicans and are bitter over the loss of Congress last week, I would think that from a larger perspective they would appreciate the fact that there are serious, intelligent people trying to make the Democrats a little less irrational.
Webb apparently knew what he was talking and writing about when he was able to tap into the Ulster-Scots ethnic background of many of his constituents. I had a feeling all along that he might be able to upset Allen, even though Allen was initially considered a safe, popular incumbent and potential Presidential candidate.
Webb is not just a facile politician who reads polls to decide what to say. He's an expert in connecting with the roots of the people who live in Virginia, and I doubt that he will fall easily in line with Harry Reid and the old guard of Senate Democrats. That's a good thing, and something to be encouraged. I think Webb will make the Democratic Party better, which is a very good thing.
What about his fiscal beliefs? Is he a low tax guy?