February 8, 2006


Ex-naval head seeks to be Democratic nominee for Senate (TYLER WHITLEY, Feb 8, 2006, Richmond TIMES-DISPATCH)

Former Navy Secretary James H. Webb Jr. said yesterday that he will file papers this week to seek the Democratic nomination to run for the U.S. Senate this year.

Webb, who lives in Arlington County, would join Harris N. Miller, a Fairfax County computer executive, in seeking the party's nomination.

The nominee will oppose U.S. Sen. George Allen, a Republican who is seeking a second six-year term in the Senate. Allen is a strong favorite.

Webb, who was secretary of the Navy under Republican President Ronald Reagan, resigned in protest of cutbacks in the Navy fleet. He has been a strong critic of the war in Iraq, saying that the Bush administration has never developed an exit strategy.

Tough argument to make as we're exiting.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 8, 2006 8:20 AM

Part of the Democratic Party, at least, is taking a potential 2008 Allen candidacy seriously, in getting Webb to run. Assuming he's not going to try to refute the entire Reagan leagacy (which is always possible), the goal apparently will be to push Allen to the right and get some good sound bites to use if he turns out to be the GOP pick in '08.

The downside for the Dems is that so many of their loyalsts have gone so far off the end of the pier, that if Webb doesn't go after the Reagan legacy on domestic policy as well as attacking Bush's foreign policy, they'll roar that he's just a DINO and doesn't represent the party's real beliefs.

Posted by: John at February 8, 2006 9:12 AM

Exit strategy, exit strategy ... we're starting to sound like the French General Staff.

Webb served in the USMC in Nam. What was the exit strategy Kennedy/Johnson and cabinets have for that little war?

Exit strategy, as a strategy was born in Viet Nam and that generation was burned badly by the way the war was handled toward the end. They won their battles and their war honorably and their glory was trashed by the slackers and their success given away by Congressional abandonment.

Posted by: Genecis at February 8, 2006 12:38 PM

Gen, you're being far to kind to the antiwar movement in your analysis of the Vietnam war. One of the chief traitors actually ran for president last time round. Got almost half the country to vote for him too. Scary.

Posted by: erp at February 8, 2006 7:27 PM