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Thank you very much for answering so.  Your help in delineating who Webb is has helped us alot.  I'm frankly very glad to know you are doing this because of your beliefs, and not because you are the Webb web presence.

In fact, from your comments i have learned much, and am beginning to understand how valuable his voice, in amurkan politics, has become.

Despite our differences, i can now easily say i respect him.  While before, i only supported him so he could send  the previous senator to the dogs.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 07:25:48 PM EST
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I very much like his stance on Iraq--get out--and his stance on Iran--defence, not offense.

For the rest, he comes across as the kind of person who could be interested in Energise America, or other largescale projects where a lot of the thinking-through (the research) is in place--

AR Geezer--heh, I hope I remember this right!--wrote that he would prefer Webb to stay in the Senate.  I found a clip where Webb, when asked would he run for Vice President, chuckled, he didn't say no, but he...

...ach.  Maybe it's another media trick--searching around, there he is--the maverick intelligent one, we found an intelligent politician who will fight for the poor--

So, I'd be very interested in....well, if he's intelligent, I'd expect him not to know what to do about the US's coming energy ills--I wouldn't even expect him to know that ills were a-coming.  But...if he's the mould breaker, and Obama may be a mould breaker, though I saw some intense christian thing that was posted here (I think)--

Well, Jesus, Mary, God, Allah, the un-nameable--one of the questions about Obama is: "Is he a christian--or is he really a muslim?"

So Webb maybe galvanising people, a minority in the US--I don't know the percentages.  40% max?  Or is it much higher?

For context, in the UK I have heard the following and expect it to be a well-accepted argument:

"Well, Gordon Brown."

ME: "Yeah, that 10% tax thing.  What a complete git!"

"Yes, I've decided I'll vote for Cameron next time."


Ah!  Paranoia!

In January, at Rule .303:

Rule .303: Vice President Jim Webb?

It is true that Jim Webb would absolutely hate running for Vice President. He's not a glad-handing, baby-kissing kind of guy.

The end of the article:

Rule .303: Vice President Jim Webb?

Virginia Republicans may jeer but really they should push for a Vice President Webb more than anyone else. After all, that would mean that his seat would be up for grabs in 2010 rather than 2012. It all sounds a little far-fetched but then nobody seemed to believe me this time last year when I was telling anyone who would listen that Jim Webb was going to run against and defeat George Allen in a Senate race. So let's wait and see.

At this point, I'm talking about things I've never experienced except via media of some kind, so...hmmm...hey!

Don't fight forces, use them R. Buckminster Fuller.

by rg (leopold dot lepster at google mail dot com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 07:53:50 PM EST
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John Edwards in particular would be complimented nicely by Webb. They have similar messages of economic populism and share vocal concern for the well-being of poor, rural whites. Both are outspoken opponents of the war in Iraq.

Now that would have done my heart good.

The more I see of Obama the more I like him, but he was not and is not my first choice for Prez.  My head waited for Gore long after my heart had settled on Edwards, and he would still be my first choice, not because of race or gender, but because his populist message about Two Americas was closest to my own values.  When Edwards dropped out I was equally lukewarm about Obama and Hillary.  Everything I have seen since then has made me think more of Obama and less of Hillary.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 08:25:47 PM EST
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If you want to know more about Jim Webb from an unbiased source, I highly recommend The Nightingale's Song by Robert Timberg.  It's a profile of five US Naval Academy graduates, Jim Webb and John McCain among them, and well worth reading in its own right.

We all bleed the same color.
by budr on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 07:54:39 PM EST
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