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Webb has voted for more surveillance, benchmarks, funding the troops without demanding they are brought out of Iraq--but all the bills have kinks in them, wasn't there a 180 day sunset clause on the phone-tapping bill? I think that means after 180 days it expires unless there is another vote to renew it--or did that already happen?
I have difficulty playing purist on Senate votes. It is a game on so many levels--"looking good/looking bad" just for starters. It is like football in the rain--you can't play without getting dirty. I agree with budr's comments about him being difficult to categorize. I agree with Drew's view that he shouldn't be the V.P. candidate. In my view is the combination of his populist views, principles and character I find both fascinating and appealing. I certainly wouldn't discount the likelyhood of personal growth on his views regarding some social issues Drew and others have found problematic.
I take a tan too readily to be a true red neck in the original sense, but I grew up in Oklahoma in the 50's surrounded by racist and reactionary views. I used to say that Oklahoma was a good place to be from. Upon retiring to Arkansas, from whence both of my paternal grandparents came, I was pleasantly surprised at the attitudes of so many Arkansans. It is at least a purple state, if not blue. Only one federal or state office is currently held by a republican.
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