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First let me say I wrote my comments last night late in the evening at the end of a very long and trying day after barely skimming your diary.  If they came off more belligerent than they should have, my apologies.

Today after some rest and a little closer reading, my congratulations.  I think you've done a better job in a short time of "getting" Jim Webb than most do.  Far too many get as far as Marine war hero, former Reagan Navy Secretary, wrote an article titled Women Can't Fight, and think they know all they need to know about Jim Webb.  Yeah, and Obama is a black man named Hussein who's a closet Muslim.

Jim Webb On Race, Grievances Of White... - ! * POLITICS * ! - tribe.net

Webb even drew a parallel between this bloc and African Americans, suggesting that their grievances with and needs from the federal government are remarkably similar.

"Black America and Scots-Irish America are like tortured siblings. They both have long history and they both missed the boat when it came to the larger benefits that a lot of other people were able to receive. There's a saying in the Appalachian mountains that they say to one another, and it's, "if you're poor and white, you're out of sight." ..."

" If this cultural group could get at the same table as black America you could rechange populist American politics. Because they have so much in common in terms of what they need out of government."

A powerful coalition indeed. If only there were two politicians who understood these cultures, and had the desire and capacity to unite them for a common cause...

Master of the Senate - The Current

Though no one will ever mistake Webb for a gladhanding backslapper, he has mobilized an extraordinary coalition of Democrats and Republicans behind a dramatic expansion of veterans' educational benefits. After passing by an overwhelming margin in the House, Webb's Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act won 75 votes in the Senate. Because the measure was attached to the Democrats' Iraq War spending bill, which included a number of other spending proposals favored by Democrats and opposed by the Bush White House, there is good reason to believe that the entire package will be vetoed. But there is also good reason to believe that something like Webb's proposal will eventually be made law, thanks in no small part to the measure's overwhelming popularity among veterans and military families.

Senator Jim Webb, Choosing His Battles : NPR

Whatever one's beliefs and loyalties to various political interests, and however loudly one wishes to argue about substance, this is no place for underhanded tactics or dissembling behavior when it comes to your colleagues, because the payback in such cases is usually paralysis. The Senate, more than any other body in American government, is a place where a very few people, and on occasion even a single member, can stop things from getting done.

The United States Senate is a venerable institution. It is also an odd kingdom with 100 fiercely protected fiefdoms. No, let me amend that, as they say in this place. In terms of volatility, behind all of its courtesies the United States Senate is composed of 100 scorpions in a jar. And one should be very careful in deciding how and when to shake that jar.

From the book, A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America by Jim Webb, United States Senator, published by Broadway Books, a division of Random House, Inc., reprinted with permission.

James Webb on the Issues

And my apologies if this is more domestic US political stuff than is appropriate for ET.  As you may have guessed by now, I am not entirely objective on these topics.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 12:55:41 PM EST

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