Skip to comments.100% Reporting: Jim Webb(D) 1,143,144 over George Allen(R) 1,140,879
Posted on 11/07/2006 9:31:51 PM PST by jern
Webb defeats Allen by 2,200 votes
Yes, that seems to be the predominant thought pattern from those not living in Virginia.
Blacks used to say that because of prejudice, they had to be twice as good as any white person they were competing against. The same is true today of Republicans and the media. Allen needed to assume that he was starting at a deficit in the media, and that one little word probably cost him the votes he needed to put it over the top.
I was embarrassed for him when it happened, but I knew what the media would do to him over it. I voted for him anyway, but I knew then that he had lost the edge he needed.
We lost Allen in a year where the GOP lost NATIONWIDE.
But we won on the Marriage Amendment and we kept our 8 GOP Congressmen.
We didn't lose the House because of Virginia.
Are you suggesting we take up arms against Northern Virginia?
It's a little extreme, but let me ponder on it for a bit.
Just give me five minutes' warning to get my family into the basement.
What I am saying it the gun grabbers just took Congress.
Well, if it helps, Webb got an "A" from the NRA.
Like I said earlier (maybe even on another thread?). When they wake up from their hangover, the RATS aren't going to like Senator Webb any more than we will.
That was said on WNIS in Norfolk at 6:20AM this morning.
Oh well then. I always side with the media's opinion.
That's wonderful. It's also ridiculously wrong.
I don't hold your faith.
Oh, don't get me wrong. Webb will end up not being the gunowners friend.
But I also think he's enough of a hothead to piss off the RATS before this is over.
And that is about the only silver lining...........
Although I give him credit, he mostly kept his temper in check after he won the primary. Of course, it helped having the media running interference for him.
1) Start re-counting
2) Keep counting and re-counting until you are ahead.
3) Stop counting and declare victory.
The Democrats do it all the time.
The Commies control the media and the party. They don't what us armed.
Wrong. Webb got his A from the NRA based on his rhetoric. He has no record.
The advantage we have is that Webb is a jerk. Nobody will be happy with him.
No kidding. It's been disheartening to say the least to see how many supposed Republican busybodies outside of Virginia have been bashing the man, both before the election and now.
Physician, heal thyself.
You've got that right. They all have a share in his likely defeat.
WEBB Up by 7,845 at 10:50 a.m.
Looks like too many votes to make up.....sigh!
I was checking it on CNN then I said to myself I better check Fox and it was about the same for both. Disappointing to say the least!
There will be a recount at the state's expense.
It's ironic that the likely Senator-elect Webb now finds himself precisely in the position of the 1974 Watergate Democrats that he has lambasted over and over again throughout the years.
As Senator Webb wrote in the Wall Street Journal on April 28, 2000:
"The humiliating end result of the communists' final offensive in early 1975 is usually placed on the shoulders of a supposedly incompetent South Vietnamese military. Little mention is made of the impact our "Watergate Congress" had on both its inception and success. This Congress was elected in November 1974, only months after Nixon's resignation, and it was dominated by a fresh group of antiwar Democrats. One of the first actions of the new Congress was to vote down a supplemental appropriation for the beleaguered South Vietnamese that would have provided $800 million in military aid, including much-needed ammunition, spare parts and medical supplies.
This vote was a horrendous blow, in both emotional and practical terms, to the country that had trusted American judgment for more than a decade of intense conflict. It was also a clear indication that Washington was abandoning the South Vietnamese even as the North Vietnamese continued to enjoy the support of the Soviet Union, China and other Eastern bloc nations. The vote's impact was hardly lost on North Vietnamese military planners, who began the final offensive only five weeks later, as the South Vietnamese were attempting to adjust their military defenses.
Finally, the aftermath of Saigon's fall is rarely dealt with at all. A gruesome holocaust took place in Cambodia, the likes of which had not been seen since World War II. Two million Vietnamese fled their country -- usually by boat -- with untold thousands losing their lives in the process. This was the first such Diaspora in Vietnam's long and frequently tragic history. Inside Vietnam a million of the South's best young leaders were sent to re-education camps; more than 50,000 perished while imprisoned, and others remained captives for as long as 18 years. An apartheid system was put into place that punished those who had been loyal to the U.S., as well as their families, in matters of education, employment and housing. The Soviet Union made Vietnam a client state until its own demise, pumping billions of dollars into the country and keeping extensive naval and air bases at Cam Ranh Bay."
Will history be as kind to Senator Webb and his ilk?
How many military absentee ballots come typically come in later for Virginia?
I read somewhere on FR late last night that the military votes in Va were breaking for Webb by a small%....don't know how true that was...
What was Webb's last elective office again?
In a state which houses the largest navel base in the us?
What size jeans do you wear again?
Allen is done if he cant win the va senate race he cant win nationally. Best case for Allen is he wins on a recount and stays in the senate.
Other options are Pawlenty from Minnesota or Steele from MD.
"Oh, don't get me wrong. Webb will end up not being the gunowners friend.
But I also think he's enough of a hothead to piss off the RATS before this is over."
That's my question. Is Webb enough of a conservative to do what is right by us or do you think he will get pulled over to the left and say what the hell.
>>Just give me five minutes' warning to get my family into the basement.
You'll want something to eat while you're down there:
It's been a good ride, i'm saddened by the results, but the republic goes on. THe fact that allen lost by such a tiny margin is a testament to that man. The democrats threw everything they had at him, and even with that could only win by a few thousand votes.
I wish him the best and hope he goes onto something else that could help conservatives.
And, while I really don't want to rehash it over and over, it's important for the Allen naysayers on FR to remember.
1) He had EVERYTHING thrown at him from Webb, Soros, Moveon, Hillary, Dean, the DNC and the Main Scream Media.
2) He lost on a night when Republicans were losing EVERYWHERE. IOW, if you lost a seat in your own state, STFU.
3) We WON the marriage amendment by a significant margin.
4) VIRGINIA LOST NO GOP HOUSE SEATS!
The same people who are trashing Allen and Virginia this year are the same people who were trashing Kilgore and Virginia last year.
Forgetting all along last year that we WON two out of three statewide races and we held control of the General Assembly.
This is a hard loss. It shouldn't have happened. And heaven knows the Allen campaign made some signficant mistakes.
But George Allen does not stand alone amongst Republicans in this loss.
Your exactly right. I know its not kosher to say, but i hope allen tries again for some other office( say governor in '09), and runs a campaign like he did in '93.
Good points. I think Allen ran a poor campaign overall, but that in and of itself wouldn't have been enough to sink him.
Somebody upthread said it best--Republicans have to be twice as good to beat a Democrat these days. Every single mistake that Allen made was amplified a hundredfold by the Beltway media echo chamber and repeated again and again using the Goebbels "Big Lie" theory. Not to mention the "mistakes" that were manufactured. Anybody remember Allen verbally smacking down that reporterette who asked an insulting question about his mother's Jewish heritage? That got spun by the Compost into "Allen's ashamed of his mother being Jewish," and that lie got uncritically accepted by the media and rebroadcast worldwide.
"Macaca" was much ado about nothing. The racism charges at UVa thirty-five years ago were leveled by a veteran Democratic operative and anti-smoking activist in North Carolina, whose partisan past was conveniently ignored by the DBM--along with the (equally flimsy) accusations that Webb used to drive through Watts slinging the n-bomb at the locals. It's just maddening.
I think bringing up Webb's kinky pr0n in his novels was a tactical error. By that time, people were so sick of the campaign anyway that the last thing they wanted to hear was "see! Webb writes pr0n!" And to be honest, I think Allen should've pounded the issues a lot harder. Hell, maybe he did and the media never reported it.
I guess Larry Sabato now has a scalp to hang on his office wall next to his collection of bad toupees. God knows he worked his tail off to see Jim Webb elected.
I've been trying to find a spot for him too. I don't think he's finished. At least not in Virginia.
But I wouldn't relish a primary fight between Allen, Bolling and McDonnell. They'd have to cut a deal behind the scenes...or just not bother running and give it to the RATS.
I told someone else last night that I completely disagree. I think if that hadn't come out and if Kerry hadn't misfired, we wouldn't even be thinking recount. Webb would've won by 3-4 pts. JMHO.
Allen DID pound the issues. But the MSM ignored them. And it was hard to debate Webb on issues, because all Webb EVER had was "I'm not George Allen and I'm against Iraq."
Thanks, Corin. You led a good fight here on FR.
If you honestly believe Allen has a possibility of winning the Republican nomination then you are kidding yourself. If that touches a nerve so be it. Have a nice day.
If you're going to sleep through breakfast, you're going to miss a lot of mini-dramas.
The VIRGINIANS have been SCREAMING for months that this was not about 2008. It was about 2006.
And FReepers like you helped contribute to his loss with snide comments about how he's not Presidential material. For months I fought the exact same battles here that I fought with the socialists and communists in the blogosphere.
If that touches a nerve, so be it.
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This race is particular was almost exactly where it was pegged--as were most races. There were few exceptions--where the polls were outside their margins of error.
Webb being a Veteran helped him cut into the GOP advantage in Norfolk and Va Beach. Also Webb's "Born Fighting" gimmick helped him in Southwest Va. These factors caused Allen to run behind Bush's numbers. To oust Webb six years from now, we need a veteran to hightlight Webb's expected liberal voting record.
Also it there any word about John Warner retiring? If Mark Warner goes for that Senate seat, it is an easy RAT gain. OTOH, if Mark Warner decides to be Hillary's Veep instead, then the Senate seat is a easy hold for Tom Davis.
I don't want to hear nothin' 'bout politics for the next three months. Heh.
Corin, you have done a splendid job on Free Republic and on your blog during this campaign.
I've got to get the flower beds in order and the house cleaned, the oil changed in the FReepmobile and a lot of little things I've been putting off.
I know we will all continue to pray for our Troops and new veterans. The person in our family who has taken this loss the hardest is our own Iraq War Vet (now in college). He is so concerned for the troops still there, the Iraqi people and the future of America.
I'll be lurkin'. God bless & Stand The Storm!
Using a sports analogy Webb was looking past 2006 to his presidential run in 2008 and thus he lost both.