Jim Webb Just Kicked Butt on National TV

Has the Democratic Party finally found a backbone?

Judging by Jim Webb’s direct, stark rebuttal to the State of the Union address Tuesday night, maybe so.

Not settling for mealy-mouthed truisms, Webb spoke directly about two issues–the economy and Iraq–and managed to aptly quote a small handful of legendary presidents (Jackson, T. Roosevelt, Eisenhower) in the process.

Most strikingly, Webb called Bush’s initiation of the Iraq war “reckless,” and strongly implied that Bush had failed in his moral responsibility to the troops he deployed.

It’ll be interesting to see what the national media makes of Webb’s performance. The view here is that the freshman senator presented a welcome clarity of purpose and sincerity of conviction which has too often been missing from the Democratic Party.

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Published in: on January 24, 2007 at 3:35 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. Agreed!

    And you’re right about the direct tone and forceful persona–Webb exudes strength and a willingness to flex. At first, I did not understand the double meaning of the last sentence in the final stanza, but I think they capture what is becoming Webb’s style:

    “These presidents (TR, Eisenhower) took the right kind of action, for the benefit of the American people and for the health of our relations around the world. Tonight we are asking this president to take similar action, in both areas. If he does, we wilil join him. **If he does not, we will be showing him the way.”**

    At first I thought he had alluded to impeachment or something but then I snapped back to reality, and the passage evoked an image of Webb/Dems the teacher, and Bush the student. Problem is, Prez. Bush isn’t good at the student thing … this will be interesting to watch.

    Thad and others–do you think Senator Webb / the Democratic party will be able to accomplish anything on the kinds of economic injustices he mentioned? The mainstream media is mostly ignoring the class critique in their coverage and the GOP has not yet started shouting “class warfare,” but surely these are two obstacles standing in the way.


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