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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I think I’d call this one a likely GOP pick up with a halfway decent candidate.
Another One Bites The Dust.
We did it! We did it!
The weasle is scared.
Va. and Fl. are pickups for sure. If it will do any good?
Wow! This huge! Although now I expect Jim to vote his conscience and vote along with Harry Reid and the libs on major issues!
Good-bye, Born Idiot. Couldn’t happen to a more deserving Rat.
Not surprising. Webb ran because he opposed the Iraq War, and wanted to help stop it.
That issue is gone, and while he has opinions on other issues, I don’t think he really cares all that much about them — and on some of those issues, he really is more on the republican side of those issues.
It will be interesting to see who takes the republican primary on this one — it’s not really wide open for George Allen, there are several conservatives thinking about this race.
This is great news, all the way around. Now to just find someone who can hold the line for us. I may not live in VA now, but my heart will always be in the Old Dominion.
Buh-Bye, hope the door don’t hit ya on the way out. This essentially means he thinks he could not have held onto the seat.
He pretty much voted/votes that way already. He just pretended to be a “moderate”.
Handwriting meets Wall.
I hope there’s a primary..it’s good for the party to have candidates debate, and get hard questions on the issues, and prove their conservative creds and values..I don’t think that Allen is a shoo-in..why should we have to listen to that macaca stuff for the whole campaign...the head of the VA TP has announced ( I forget her name) and I think that if the Va Atty general gets it..he’d win..
This is a major development. I think that Virginians got tired of Jim Webb and he knew it. It’s also possible that Webb just doesn’t like being a U.S. Senator.
Is there anyone other than that jock doofus George Allen? Can we draft Mark Levin to run?
Don’t let the door hit ya, Sen. Webb.
He must have got a higher paying job, and knows he won’t be reelected he is quiting..
That was my first thought. Is George Allen permanently damaged goods? And, if not, is he conservative enough for the Tea Party which was instrumental in electing a Republican Governor in VA? Is there another viable option? Would Eric Cantor give up his House leadership role to take on the challenge of a state-wide race?
Who is next?
NE Likely Pick up
MT Likely Pick up
MO Toss up
Octogenarians like Akaka, and Lautenberg need to retire.
RINO Lugar should definitely consider retiring.
Bingaman in NM is no spring chicken. Heather can beat him.
Stabenow in Michigan is a Cow.
Casey in PA is an empty suit. Unfortunately, Fraud in Philly will be impossible to overcome in a presidential year.
Will George Allen give it another try ? Or wil “Macaca” be the eternal albatross on his neck?
Oh come on of course he loved that power position with all its perks. My guess the RATS told him to not run so eyebrow could take his place because Webb’s votes have infuriated the state and now the RATs are going to lose this one. Kaine can run as a phony moderate because he does not have unpopular votes to defend.
Webb has voted with dingy Harry down the line on healthcare, stimulus and just about every crackpot bill the RATS have put before us. He is bad news.
It will take a strong candidate with statewide appeal, and somewhat of a wave election,
A presidential election year doesn’t look good too demographically speaking.
George Allen announced on Hannity last week that he was going to run. I think he will win because he has a head start. He has national name recognition and a power house for raising money.
My pick is that Allen will win big.
The opponent will likely be Tim Kaine, with TONS of big Democrat money behind him.
Macaca is such Old news..Chris Matthews can not make lightning strike twice.
Of the 10 GOP seats that are up..maybe one will be close...Dems will have to spend big $$$ to defend maybe 14 seats..
Fearless prediction...at some point soon you'll read a piece about if, in a perfect storm,the GOP can get a 60 seat majority in the Senate..it's possible
Larry, what is your analysis of the race?
George Allen is damaged goods. I wouldn’t use him.
Ping to good news!
Perhaps your gal Jamie can take this seat.
What do you think about her compared to other Conservatives that may enter the race?
WI,MI,OH,PA and FL are in play on the presidential level, so the RNC RNSC should go ahead and pour the big bucks into these historically swing states. Go after their incumbant Rat senators BIG TIME.
Some good news for the Afternoon
I think it will be G. Allen versus our last idiot governor, Tim Kaine.
Will be a tough race but I think the winds are running against RATS here. Kaine is so probama it’s pathetic.
A current poll (yes its Democratic PPP) doesn't look good for Heather and worse for Pearce:
With a 56-27 approval-disapproval margin, Bingaman is more popular at home than all but four of the 77 colleagues which PPP has measured in the last year or so. This strong favor with his voters gives Bingaman formidable odds to walk to re-election, even against Johnson, whose 44-32 favorability rating makes him considerably the best liked of the non-Bingaman candidates, and who is almost equally popular with Democrats, Republicans, and independents.
Johnson comes closest to beating the incumbent, yet still trails, 51-40. By comparison, Rep. Steve Pearce lags Bingaman, 57-34, and Rep. Heather Wilson trails, 56-37.
Bingaman safe, Johnson Dems only threat in open seat race
Tim Kaine could not win Virginia for Obama in most of the house seats in this past November election.
Virginia is definitely a red state now. If the Dems want to invest a lot of money here they will be taking a huge chance.
How about Radke? Does she have a chance?
He’d lose. It’s going to be a G.O.P. year.
Especially if we quit wasting money on 'lost causes' like Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and so forth...put the money into races where there is a GOOD chance of winning.
I suggest you look at the sample used....Q19.....55% Dem and 29% Rep....thats 11% more than 2008.
This NM poll was debunked by Jim Geraghty earlier. They oversampled Dems by a mile.
We need you in the Senate.
“Stabenow in Michigan is a Cow.”
LOL sorry but i loved this analysis thank you for the laugh
Webb was a stalking horse to get rid of Allen. Webb told Obama that his “healthcare reform” would destroy the Democrat party yet he voted for it anyway. Webb talked a good game but voted the wrong way. He was also very rude and borish to Pres. Bush when he asked about his son who is serving in Iraq. Very, very rude.
Allen was a conservative back in the day, but that was well before the Tea Party hit the political scene like a tsunami and honed the meaning of ‘conservative’ to a sharper point. He’s already being called to account for some ‘big government’ spending votes on his record. There is a strong tea party candidate raising lots of money from what I hear ..... I don’t think a head start for Allen is going to be enough to win easily or big. Really nice guy, but unless he’s been taking boxing lessons and is willing to take the gloves off in this current political environment, I don’t think he’s tough enough for the job.