Skip to comments.Sen. Jim Webb won't run for reelection in 2012 (D-VA)
Posted on 02/09/2011 8:49:28 AM PST by Hawk720
Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012.
Webb's decision, long anticipated by many in Virginia politics, will make his seat more difficult to hold for his party. Ex-Sen. George Allen (R), who lost the seat in 2006 to Webb, is running to win it back, and a handful of other GOP candidates are also running. Some Democrats hope ex-Gov. Tim Kaine will decide to run for the seat, but he has given no indication yet that he is interested.
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some of us would rather see him in a Palin/McDonnell cabinet as AG...
The 2014 election looks good as well. Twenty Democrats and only 13 Republicans.
60 in 2015 is an outstanding goal!!
I have seen the Lord answer prayers!
That’s a good Washington Post rendition of the story.
Macaca was a made up word. Trust me, on that. It was not widely known to have any usage in the English langauge until two Decmoratic bloggers spent several hours editing both the video and the wikipedia entries.
The consultant Allen hired pissed off the Washington Post and they returned the favor with a vengeance. Said consultant also convinced Allen to go on the apology tour.
That’s what sank the campaign. That and the fact that the consultant never planned how to win a Senate race, he was looking to the White House.
Allen’s biggest problem was listening to that consultant.
All that being said, Allen lost by less than half a percent on a night when Republicans were getting slaughtered nationwide.
Forest Gump: “One less thing.”
That probably sealed the deal for Webb. But in reality, I don't think he enjoyed being in the Senate or that he ever really wanted to serve more than one term.
Wow, that must mean that I'm somehow clairvoyant, because I knew EXACTLY what the word was (and how it was meant) the minute I saw the tape.
If I get a hit on tonight's lottery numbers, I'll give you a heads up.
Allen said something stupid. It wasn't some made-up word that popped into his head. He knew it to be a racially pejorative term, and used it that way. His denial rang decidedly hollow.
Good news for conservatives!
“Arm up” to “target” his state with a “bullseye”
I'd love to see a conservative Republican majority with veto override and impeachment conviction strength (66+ seats) but that would be just wishful and overly optimistic, even naive thinking on my part. But it is something to dream about. Just imagine Obama vetos of Republican legislation being overridden all of the time. He would end up just spending even more time on the golf course or jetting around the world on the taxpayers dime.
I hope so, I live in Montana.
BUT - though we have had several Republican senators (and Denny Rheberg would be a fine one - he's universally loved as our sole congressman) - in the history of Montana only ONE Republican senator has ever been reelected (Conrad Burns) and John Tester defeated him (Burns).
We are a solid Red state on the Presidential front, but we do elect some real doofuses as senators - like Max Bachus (Phew!).
I hope it works. We need the seat back. But, you just know that stuff is coming up again.
Webb’s departure is unusual. Does he have a skeleton?
Radtke is a Tea Party activist leader from Richmond who organized the various local tea-parties into a state wide federation of Tea Parties before stepping down to run for the US senate. In Q4 she raised over 100k, and has continued to raise signifigant amounts of money toward her election. She has been very critical of George Allen who is the other declared candidate and who (imo) is too closely tied to the Republican establishment.
AFAIK the only other conservative considering the race is Corey Stewart who is a county level GOP chairman. Radtke looks like the real deal. She has been embraced by the Tea Party Caucus in DC and my expectation is that she'll get backed by De Mint's Senate conservative fund as well as Tea Party Express.
....and another one bites the dust!
“Va. and Fl. are pickups for sure. If it will do any good?”
You betcha! We Floridians will be voting out Bill Nelson come 2012! Now I hope all the VA patriots will work hard during the Primary and select the BEST Conservative!
Ole Bill has showed his true color...RED.
That sounds great, mac.
Thanks for the info.
FYI, down here in Virginia, Allen is still well liked. I think the average Virginian has learned a bit since the media stunt that got Webb elected. As we all know, there will be other candidates, some decent, some not worth a diddley squat despite their connections. Allen will hold his own, you can count on that.
You know the old saying, “fool me once”? Well, we won’t be fooled again.
I really, really hope the Dems put Teh Eyebrow in the race as their candidate.
Stabenow is such a cow her husband has to pay hookers for sex
It's interesting that no one is asking him for an explanation. You can bet that if he were a Republican the drive-bys would be beating down his door to get the story.
that didn’t last long
Please name the consultant. I’m curious!
Kate Obenshain isn't running so we'll settle for George Allen.
Sen. Jim Webb won’t run for reelection in 2012 (D-VA)
What a sad disappointment Jim Webb has become.
Although I may have not personally liked him from some of his media
appearances a couple of decades ago, the account of how he helped
rebuild the USMC under Reagan in “Making The Corps” inspired my
(Along with his decision to leave behind the beaches of Southern California
for Annapolis...your average guy would call that freakin’ insane!).
BUT, the information on Webb that came out during his Senatorial
campaign was less-than-inspiring (I’m in Missouri).
I must respect his service. But will question his running for Senate
near the flag of Obama.
If I’d (unlikely) meet him, I’d shake his had and sincerely thank him for his service.
And ask him what he was thinking during his successful race for the US Senate.
And I’d tell him I’m not busting his chops. Nobody is perfect.
Let me ask this: How many do we need to pick up to take control? Then, how many above THAT to make our control filibuster proof?
‘Dems will have to spend big $$$ to defend maybe 14 seats’
Dems are defending 23 seats.
whomever you end up running against, count on me for a large donation.
It was a common slur in North Africa used by those of European descent to refer to darker-skinned people. Allen's mother was raised in French Tunisia.
“It was a common slur in North Africa used by those of European descent to refer to darker-skinned people. Allen’s mother was raised in French Tunisia.”
Dang!!! The stuff you learn on FR!!!
Wonder if he’s looking at Sec of Defense.
First, let's just be clear that y'all can't throw any explanations out on this that I haven't heard. But I've known George Allen for more than 25 years. I know where the word came from. I know where his mother was raised. I've even met most of his family. And I know the real story of what happened.
I promised myself after 2006 that I wouldn't fight that battle again here. But let me just say this.
Whether or not the word was in his background he did not intend it as a "racially pejorative" term. If nothing else, someone with a successful career of more than 20 years in politics and law is not going to be stupid enough to utter the equivalent of the n-word into a video camera.
It was, as Allen has said, a stupid mistake. And it was badly handled by the campaign.
That's the story. That's the truth.
I suggest you not buy too many lottery tickets.
Not all that unusual for him. He's not stayed in any place too long. He's made no secret of the fact that he'd rather be writing books.
Truth be told, many of us were speculating that he wouldn't even finish his full term.
Unless, of course, that stupid someone is George Allen. It is what it is.
Webb? Probably not anymore. Not likely the White House would do that with Bob McDonnell sitting the Governor's Mansion.
Webb resigns. McDonnell appoints Allen.
Virginia will be a battleground state again in 2012. Obama and Tim Kaine will try to keep it in their column. But the last two years since 2008 have been very red. They're going to have a fight on their hands.
Had you ever had a conversation with Allen, you would know how ignorant your statement is.
However, as they say ignorance is bliss. Enjoy your delusions.
Wow, you talked to the guy. Maybe he made you feel special. Big deal. That doesn’t rewrite history. He screwed up. It is what it is.
Enjoy your delusions.
Oh PooDoo! I mean Macaca... I mean, Drats.. No....
“Another one bites the dust” There that works.
Like I said above, I’ve known him for 25 years.
Believe what you will. I’m not very good at changing small minds.
The last word, if it fulfills your emotional needs, is yours.
What is this supposed to prove?
I’d like to hear what the tea party of virginni thinks about allen.
I don’t want Allen and I sure don’t want Kaine. If that’s the race, Kaine wins.
Allen will make it a tough win for the GOP.
I want Cucinelli to run!
He sure is a grouchy SOB. Good riddance.
I want Cucinelli. Wish I lived in VA.
I think Allen will get his campaign off to a good start but then it will readily become apparent that he’s not holding a winning hand.
Bring on Cucinelli for senate. I smell another VA prez in the making.
Kaine beats Allen, Cucinelli beats Kaine. Paper, scissors, rock.
Cantor v. Kaine is a toss-up, but it probably goes to Kaine. But I don’t see Cantor getting in it. He’s not looking good these days. Boehner, Cantor, Ryan....none of them are looking good.
Four things take Brown out: omuzzie’s continued malice toward business; a solid GOP candidate; a powerful GOP ground game; some successes by/for Kasich.
If Kaine is the rat candidate, he beats Allen. Kaine has got a huge machine behind him.
There is just something about the senate and the GOP that just cannot click.
We never win as many seats as we expect and the people we elect to the senate more often than not turn out to be big disappointments.
I think Webb was told to hit the road. Being a good little commie, he’s complying. The rats know Kaine will be a lot harder for the GOP to beat than Webb would be.
It’s all just a numerical calculation for the rats.
Allen will lose to Kaine.