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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Sen. James Webb won't run for reelection in 2012

By Ben Pershing

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Updated 11:55 a.m.

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2012.

Webb's decision, long anticipated by many in Virginia politics, will make his seat more difficult to hold for his party. Ex-Sen. George Allen (R), who lost the seat in 2006 to Webb, is running to win it back, and a handful of other GOP candidates are also running. Jamie Radtke (R), former chairwoman of the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation, is also running for the seat.

Some Democrats hope ex-Gov. Tim Kaine will decide to run for the seat, but he has given no indication yet that he is interested.

Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, praised Webb as "a strong Senator and a true advocate for Virginia. I am grateful for his decades of service to our country."

"As Republicans face a brutal primary between a flawed Washington establishment candidate and a right-wing extremist who is raising money at a good clip, Democrats will field a strong candidate," Murray said. "The 2012 Virginia Senate race will be competitive but Democrats will prevail there just like we did in 2006 and 2008."

Here is Webb's statement:

"Five years ago this week, on February 8, 2006, I announced my intention to run for the United States Senate. We had neither campaign funds nor a staff. We were challenged in a primary, and trailed the incumbent in the general election by more than 30 points in the polls.

Over the next nine months we focused relentlessly on the need to reorient our national security policy, to restore economic fairness and social justice, and to bring greater accountability in our government. I will always be grateful for the spirit and energy that was brought into this campaign by thousands of loyal and committed volunteers. Their enthusiasm and sheer numbers were truly the difference in that election.

It has been a great and continuing privilege to serve in the United States Senate. I am very proud of my talented and dedicated staff, which has worked tirelessly to resolve the issues on which I based my candidacy, and to protect the interests of all Virginians in this national forum. Among other contributions we have given our Post- 9/11 veterans the best GI Bill since World War Two; we have taken the lead in reforming our criminal justice system; we have led the way toward stronger relations in East and Southeast Asia; and we have been a strong voice in calling on China to act more responsibly in the world community. We will continue to work on these and other issues throughout the rest of my term.

However, after much thought and consideration I have decided to return to the private sector, where I have spent most of my professional life, and will not seek re-election in 2012.

Notwithstanding this decision, I have every intention of remaining involved in the issues that affect the well-being and the future of our country."

By Ben Pershing  | February 9, 2011; 11:21 AM ET
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Comments

SecDef?

Posted by: palmtree2001 | February 9, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Webb is a good man. Hope Tim Kaine runs and sends George Allen back to wherever he's been the last 6 years.

Posted by: thegraneys | February 9, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

mucaca man must be very excited today. hoping tim kaine runs.

Posted by: joeblow111 | February 9, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness -- Webb's constituent affairs staff set a new low for serving the public. Regardless of their policies or party, I hope his successor truly believes in 'representative democracy'

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat | February 9, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I hope this is not the last we'll see of Sen. Webb - onward and upward.

Posted by: KeepingItReal2 | February 9, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your service, Sen. Webb.

But I have to say--it's tough to see one of the "good guys" go.

Posted by: binkynh | February 9, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Great - this is another Senate seat for the GOP! Amazing how in a little over two years, America has completely rejected Obama, the Democrats and their socialist agenda!

Posted by: Realist201 | February 9, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine better run. Virginia does not need to go back to clowns like Macacawitz Allen.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Meet President Obama's first primary opponent in the 2012 - Sen. James Webb (D-Va.)

Posted by: Conservator | February 9, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Hello, Senator Macaca.

Posted by: WmarkW | February 9, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Meet President Obama's first primary opponent in the 2012 election - Sen. James Webb (D-Va.)

Posted by: Conservator | February 9, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Realist201

I keep hearing this ". . . Obama, the Democrats and their socialist agenda!"

What socialist agenda? Please name one thing, just one, that actually is representative of socialism as it is actually defined.

Posted by: stevefox2 | February 9, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Another Democratic chump loser. He knows he's going down, so why submit to the embarrassment? Now he can "spend more time with his family". As if they want to see his sorry butt!

Posted by: cbtole2 | February 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

And you thought November 2nd, 2010 was bad for Democrats wait till November 6th, 2012 when the silence majority will vote out all the loonies left in this country.

Posted by: akhan4 | February 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds anybody? >:-)>

Posted by: lovinliberty | February 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I still have the Webb yard sign I got in Richmond in 2006. It was probably the only VA senate race sign in a South Louisiana yard. I believed in him. Still do.

We appreciate your service brother.

Posted by: BluePelican | February 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Terribly disappointing, especially if it leads to the return of Senator Maccawitz. So much for the guy who was "born fighting."

Posted by: pgolkin | February 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow, he doubled the unemployment rate during his tenure. What a genius!!!

Posted by: Cornell1984 | February 9, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Webb won by less than 1% of the vote in 2006, and had an uphill battle ahead of him against Allen, who is still quite popular in the state even after 5 years of relative obscurity.

As a gun-toting moderate Democrat (former Republican) and someone who stood to his principles and not afraid to clash with his own party, Webb did not fit in well with the progressive movement that took over Washington in 2008. And with far fewer moderate Dems in Congress after 2010 he must feel a bit left out in the cold.

Another likely pickup for the GOP next year, whether Allen wins his party's nomination or someone else.

Posted by: RambleOn | February 9, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Webb seems to be a decent guy but seemed like he was in the wrong party. He's certainly not a liberal guy. I did feel like he disrespected President Bush at a gathering when the President asked how Webb's son was doing....in the military. President Bush sincerely has feelings for our military personnel. My guess is Gov. Allen will regain that seat. He was treated very shabbily for one slip of the tongue which they all do at some point. Republicans need to control the senate after 2012....and the Presidency. This run away train has to be stopped.

Posted by: Jackets | February 9, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Creigh Deeds anybody? >:-)>

Posted by: lovinliberty | February 9, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Webb won narrowly over Allen during the historic and exciting Obama super-wave over a discredited Republican Administration.

Allen's loss included the trumped up Macaca incident where the media successfully spun a strange insult into a racist remark against a privileged Indian Asian heckler.

Webb briefly displayed wisdom when he suggested Dems rethink Obamacare after Scott Brown historic win of Kennedy's seat. Than he screwed himself by voting for Obamacare on Christmas Eve.

A wise man knows his limitations.. Webb joins the Democratic flight to early retirement.

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 9, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness -- Webb's constituent affairs staff set a new low for serving the public. Regardless of their policies or party, I hope his successor truly believes in 'representative democracy'

Posted by: TheBoreaucrat

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I couldn't agree more. On the few occasions that I wrote to Senator Webb's office about a matter of concern, there was no acknowledgement whatsoever -- not even a boilerplate "thank for for your views" e-mail. The man seems to consider his constituents a nuisance. I am not surprised that he prefers to do something else once his term is up.

Posted by: AdrianMole | February 9, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Another Democratic chump loser. He knows he's going down, so why submit to the embarrassment? Now he can "spend more time with his family". As if they want to see his sorry butt!

Posted by: cbtole2 | February 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Report "

Look at this pathetic, gutless teabagger calling a great American like Jim Webb a chump loser.

That might be the single funniest post I have ever seen, were it not so sad.

You, sir, are lower than whale feces.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

As you can see. the right-wing psychopaths are already celebrating. Only hope Kaine can save the seat from the forces of greed, stupidity and corruption that are the GOP.

Posted by: lbjack | February 9, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Former Senator Saul Macacastein just creamed his pants.

Let's hope that Tim Kaine runs, so that the Commonwealth doesn't have to suffer another embarrassment by having this fake cowboy/real racist Macacawitz return to the Senate.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | February 9, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I thank you for your service sir. I think what you are doing is what the framers had in mind when this country was founded. Go to Washington, do your duty for a term, and go back to private life. If only some of Senator Webbs "career politician" colleagues would do the same...

Posted by: bobbym1 | February 9, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Webb knew he was a dead man walking in Virginia so he jumped ship before getting slaughtered in 2012 - Let's see if Kaine runs - this is the same Kaine that led the Dems into the midterm massacre...score this one another easy GOP seat.

After the 2012 election the GOP wil control the White House, Senate and House. The only real question is can the GOP get 60-seats in the Senate to break a filibuster.

Posted by: Realist201 | February 9, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Webb's statement didn't mention how proud he was to votes for Obamacare.

He would have been defeated because of his votes, had he chosen to run.

Posted by: hungrypirana | February 9, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Sen Webb has been a good man. However, now the taxpayers are going to be saddled with yet another full retirement package for a person who has served only one six-year term in Congress. Our soldiers, however, after serving up to five terms in combat, still jhave to serve a total of 20 years to be considered for even a half retirment package. It's about high time we looked more closely at the retirement packages of our legislators.

Posted by: Omnius | February 9, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Why are you Republicians so negative? It can be perceived that you want the Country to fail. Sen. Webb fought for this country, in and out of battle, and represented it very well. Where were you when he was fighting? Smoking your pipe? Wish him well and support the predecessor that can best serve the citizens of this country. Lord knows, we need good representation very bad. There is a circus going on in the Capitol every day. The people who won in November ran on a platform of "jobs". They have not uttered the word "jobs" not once since they took office in January.

Posted by: brit89 | February 9, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

There was great wisdom in his decision. It is better to leave in grace than in a obvious defeat.

Posted by: PBHOUSE | February 9, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I can't name a single thing Webb has done in six years.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 9, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Webb's singular usefulness was to tell GW Bush where he could stick it. That productive activity seems to have become passe' for Mr Webb, and so I think he can go back to making money with little loss to the national debate.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | February 9, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Webb has been a crushing disappointment to Democrats. I look forward to having a real Democrat fill his seat.

Posted by: Jayne | February 9, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The only decision Webb made in 6 years was not to run again!!

Posted by: rpcv84 | February 9, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

This run away train has to be stopped.

Posted by: Jackets

________________________________________

What did you call the runaway train called the Bush Administration from 2000-2006? I guess the economic collapse that followed was the Democrats fault, huh?

Posted by: dc1020008 | February 9, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What's with the anti-Semitic remarks against George Allen?

Posted by: exile_from_virginia | February 9, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Forget Tim Kaine lets hope Jim Moron sorry Moran runs for this Senate seat.

Then VA will have reached an all time low for candidates running for the House or Senate. Moron's and Allen's combined IQs dont reach triple digits. previous low was when psycho Ollie North challenged Robb for the same Senate seat.

Posted by: sheepherder | February 9, 2011 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing -- like Sens. Conrad and Lieberman (and Dorgan before them) -- he saw the writing on the wall. He probably wasn't going to be reelected...and a statewide campaign requires a lot of energy and work.

I'd kind of like to see Jamie Radtke make it interesting. We need more pressure put on political establishment types like George Allen (or Webb, or Kaine).

Posted by: ContrarianLibertarian | February 9, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

kinda figured he was a coward

I guess he served his purpose, sure as Hell wasn't going to be re-elected.

Posted by: standard_guy | February 9, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is disapointing news. Senator Webb has been great for veterans and I'm hoping a strong Dem will send Allen back under his rock where he belongs.

Posted by: libertyanne | February 9, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

What did you call the runaway train called the Bush Administration from 2000-2006? I guess the economic collapse that followed was the Democrats fault, huh?

Posted by: dc1020008

How irionic that the economy was fine until Pelosi decides to blow the budget. Reality sux, eh loser? And what about the 5% unemployment under Bush. Sure do miss the cowboy.

SOMEWHERE IN KENYA, A VILLAGE IS MISSING ITS IDIOT

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

WTF??????/

I was getting ready to spend weekend in VA

Posted by: CultureClub | February 9, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Another fatal blow to Obama socialism! While Webb was almost a Blue Dog, he did vote for the Socialist Health Care - that eliminated any chance for him to win re-election in Virginia - Obama must be reeling now as it finally sets in that his presidency is finished, as is his socialist agenda and the loony-left-winbg of the Democratic Party!

Posted by: Realist201 | February 9, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Allen is still going to have a pretty tough time of it in 2012. 10% of Virginia's population is foreign-born these days, and the Macaca comment is not going to sit any better now than it did then. For a candidate to be caught on tape using a racial slur, even an obscure one (Allen learned it from his Tunisian mother and it's largely unknown outside north African colonies and sub-Asia), is a bit of a deal-breaker for large swaths of voters in the 21st century.

Virginia has always been a moderate state, and its demographics -- large percentages of college educated and of ethnic minorities -- are making it a bit easier on Democrats. That party had better find someone better than Creigh Deeds, though.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | February 9, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Don't panic, Democrats!

Sure, America hates Obama's policies. But he'll get re-elected in 2012 and carry a bunch of undeserving Democrats to victory -- all he needs is the economy to rebound.

Obviously, an economic rebound would be in spite of his policies, not because of them, but the American voters will reward him anyway.

So take heart, good liberals!

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | February 9, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Allen's loss included the trumped up Macaca incident where the media successfully spun a strange insult into a racist remark against a privileged Indian Asian heckler."

Nice try, but no, teabagger. There was no heckler, and "Macaca" is an American -- far more of one than you are, scumbag.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Allen's loss included the trumped up Macaca incident where the media successfully spun a strange insult into a racist remark against a privileged Indian Asian heckler."

Nice try, but no, teabagger. There was no heckler, and "Macaca" is an American -- far more of one than you are, scumbag.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Say it isn't so Senator Webb! We can't take six more years of an empty headed macaca.

Posted by: Mojo72 | February 9, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Poor teabaggers are going to be sobbing when Obama is reelected in 2012.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse


Realist201

I keep hearing this ". . . Obama, the Democrats and their socialist agenda!"

What socialist agenda? Please name one thing, just one, that actually is representative of socialism as it is actually defined.

Posted by: stevefox2 | February 9, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse


You're asking a duck to explain its quacks.

Posted by: Bridge3263 | February 9, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

WTF??????/

I was getting ready to spend weekend in VA

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Don't bother now! As you can see Virginia is not the place for Obamites, socialists and Democrats....you could alsways go to Maryland, and they are completely controlled by the Labor Unions and the Democratic Party, and nearly as bankrupt as California-You'll love it there!

Posted by: Realist201 | February 9, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Senator Webb has turned out to be a wimp! At the first sign of "tough reelection" campaign, he chickened out!!

What a joke!!!

Posted by: Whispers | February 9, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Allen's loss included the trumped up Macaca incident where the media successfully spun a strange insult into a racist remark against a privileged Indian Asian heckler."

Actually, the guy with the video camera is a Virginian (born & raised in Fairfax), unlike George Allen, a rich kid from Southern California.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | February 9, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

With twenty-some Democratic Senate seats up for grabs in 2012, Webb will not be the only Dem to retire rather than face another "shellacking" like the one his party experienced in November. Virginia is coming to its senses and he knows it. Obama may win re-election but he'll face a Republican congress.

Posted by: ddnfla | February 9, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

He was a Johnny-One-Note anyway. All he really cared about was aggravating George Bush and winding down the Iraq war. Once that was done, so was he. Besides he has a history of this, at least he lasted longer than 10 months.

Posted by: ronjaboy | February 9, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine is the obvious choice to replace Webb. He would be a great Senator, as he was governor, and would not quit after one term.

Let's go, Senator Kaine!

Posted by: xcrunner771 | February 9, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

He was a Johnny-One-Note anyway. All he really cared about was aggravating George Bush and winding down the Iraq war. Once that was done, so was he. Besides he has a history of this, at least he lasted longer than 10 months.

Posted by: ronjaboy | February 9, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Run Creigh Run! All the good Ds here, want a good D (not somebody prickly like Webb).

Posted by: lovinliberty | February 9, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. He is a disgrace to the Senate, a disgrace to the great State of Virginia, and a disgrace to the Marines. When he refused to shake the hand of President Bush during his "welcome aboard" party for the newly elected, disrespected him to his face, and then loudly proclaimed that he was going to do all he could to establish Socialism, THAT is but a few of the reasons that he will go down in history in disgrace. He has no class whatsoever and has total disrespect for everyone except himself. As Sec Def he showed no respect for the President and quickly resigned rather than do what he was told. He is a crybaby of epic proportions.

Posted by: mickey6448sie | February 9, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Reality sets in.

Posted by: FLvet | February 9, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Poor teabaggers are going to be sobbing when Obama is reelected in 2012.

Posted by: Observer691


Mayor of Mecca is Hussein's best shot.

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance Mr. Potato Head.

Posted by: Bob_Dobbs | February 9, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, though not surprised, to see Senator Webb go. He was not always progressive enough for me, such as his hesitation on gays in the military, but in the end I always respected his opinions and that he was taking stands on his views, not expediency. He was also a strong, loyal Democrat who took the tough votes that were needed in these last years of party-of-no obstructionism.

What people don't realize, because he looks much younger than he is, is that this was almost a retirement position for someone who had already had a very full life and career serving our country and adding to its literary and cultural life as well. We were lucky to have him for six years.

Anybody who read the book he published about two years into his service as Senator could predict that he just could not stand to run again. In retelling the story of his come-from-behind victory, it became clear he hated every aspect of it, from marching in parades to the crazy slurs and name-calling to the fundraising. If there is such a thing as a "natural politician," Jim Webb is the opposite of that.

If he could have remained a Senator without running for office, I think he would have, because he was a good one. The new GI Bill was and has been a spectacular success, especially for a freshman Senator. He's helped us reconnect with Myanmar and freed more than one American captive. And he's spoken truth to power about the American prison system and sentences (and lucrative prison contractor companies) run amuck.

He will be missed. And I thank him for his service.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter1 | February 9, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I have wondered where Senator Webb has gone. I expected such greatness from him because of his delicate handling of the issues and his ability to speak truth to power. I resonated with his views and was delighted in his election and in the past few years i have not heard his views on many of the primary issues that I thought he would become a voice for...I am looking forward to understanding more what happened to him and why his decision to leave congress.

I wish I could ask him some personal questions because his energy appears to have been drained from him--I wondered if perhaps he was ill.

Posted by: aldussault | February 9, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The anti semitic comments with regards to George Allen is because he is Jewish and ignores this. His mother is Jewish and according to him he had no idea whatsoever that his mother's religion was. If he has no clue of his heritage how can he represent VA. Also is going to bring his noose back to his office if he gets re-elected? Not a proper thing to have a noose that was used in lynchings as the centerpiece of the office.

Posted by: dganderson13 | February 9, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I have wondered where Senator Webb has gone. I expected such greatness from him because of his delicate handling of the issues and his ability to speak truth to power. I resonated with his views and was delighted in his election and in the past few years i have not heard his views on many of the primary issues that I thought he would become a voice for...I am looking forward to understanding more what happened to him and why his decision to leave congress.

I wish I could ask him some personal questions because his energy appears to have been drained from him--I wondered if perhaps he was ill.

Posted by: aldussault | February 9, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

How many more Democratic Senators that joined the Obama socialist agenda will quit before the 2012 elections? They know they are dead meat - this is the final collapse of the Democratic Party machine that won the 2010 elections, and by November 2012, the "Dear Leader Obama" will join his "comrades" on MSNBC as angry ex-loony-left-politicians-in-power!

Posted by: Realist201 | February 9, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

What a shame Senator Webb (D-Washington Post) has decided not to run for re-election. Thanks for NOT listening to your constituents, being a gruff, condescending boor, and helping mess up this country's health care.

Good riddance!

Posted by: member8 | February 9, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I am wrong but didn't Webb change from being a Republican to Democrat, wins the election... now that the Dem are slowly becoming unpopular within the voting community, he decides, I am not gonna run... I guess there are no switchbacks toteh Republican party :) ... BTW, I have no party affiliation, I am just making a general comment with no agenda with this post!

Posted by: rvanags | February 9, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the guy with the video camera is a Virginian (born & raised in Fairfax), unlike George Allen, a rich kid from Southern California.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf


Yet you had no problems with a Kenyan running for Congress from Chicago, eh kook?

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse


HALF the mortgages in Prince William County are UNDER WATER.

Thanks, Frank, Dodd, all LIBS, including WEBB. How could Virginians have been so STUPID?

Posted by: NOTINFL | February 9, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

If Webb had kept the promises he made to Virginians, he might have had a chance of being re-elected. As it stands he voted with the liberal bloc of the Democratic party once too many for Virginians. Webb sees the writing on the ballot and does not want to lose. Kaine also did not keep his promises and went all liberal on Virginia, hence his party lost control last year.

Posted by: thelaw1 | February 9, 2011 12:36 PM | Report abuse

It is good not run again. We need someone new not Allen. Virginia's can impose term limits by voting out incumbents.

Posted by: ASKENNEDY | February 9, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Do we have to deal with "Macaca" now? I hear rumors of his running.

Posted by: samchannar | February 9, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

It is good not run again. We need someone new not Allen. Virginia's can impose term limits by voting out incumbents.

Posted by: ASKENNEDY | February 9, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

One thing I can't figure out about Webb is why, if he had so much of a problem with it (as he claims), did he vote for Obamacare?

Posted by: ContrarianLibertarian | February 9, 2011 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Another Democrat riding Obama's coattails. Problem is, it's a concrete overcoat.

Posted by: Chippewa | February 9, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

That's a shame, he was a good guy. Kaine would be a great choice.

Question is, who will take Mark Warner's seat when he becomes president in January 2017?

Posted by: joshlct | February 9, 2011 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Guess his party made him SICK! Given the fact that Murray barely won her seat in 2010, guess we should hang on every word she says!!

Posted by: wheeljc | February 9, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"I can't name a single thing Webb has done in six years."

Really? How about the GI bill for vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted by: KevininArlington | February 9, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

That's a shame, he was a good guy. Kaine would be a great choice.

Question is, who will take Mark Warner's seat when he becomes president in January 2017?

Posted by: joshlct

Didn't you read the memo that smoking pot can cause mental disorders?

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse


REP Jane Harmon quits in mid-stream, ala Gov. Palin! But, I thought that the Deem-n-RATS had decided that quitting was a disreputable thing to do. Yet, they now outnumber the ReBoobs doing it.

Well, guess we get to SUPPORT Webb so that he can write ANOTHER BOOK while being on OUR payroll. It's kind of like being a double-dipper, no?

Posted by: NOTINFL | February 9, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here. He knows what the handwriting on the walls has to say to him. His chances for re-election were nill.

Posted by: ariver31112 | February 9, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the guy with the video camera is a Virginian (born & raised in Fairfax), unlike George Allen, a rich kid from Southern California.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf


Yet you had no problems with a Kenyan running for Congress from Chicago, eh kook?

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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I don't have a problem with a Californian holding a Virginia office, either. A huge percentage of Virginians are from other places. I'm just pointing out that to call the guy with the camera a foreigner and tell him "welcome to America and the real world of Virginia" is erroneous and ironic.

No comment on someone who subscribes to the nutjob birther conspiracy theory calling me a "kook" (I think Bill O'Reilly referred to birthers as "nutcases" the other night, but "kook" would work too).

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | February 9, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

No surprise here. He knows what the handwriting on the walls has to say to him. His chances for re-election were nill.

Posted by: ariver31112 | February 9, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Webb is a Senator today is because during the last race the Washington Post attacked Allen on a daily basis with twisted Maccaca stories. Allen was the better man and Virginia has suffered over the past five years due to the actions of the Washington Post.

Goodbye Webb. You will not be missed. I'll never pay a nickel for the Washington Post.

Posted by: L1ncon | February 9, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

A shocker. No one wants to lose a senator like this.

Posted by: phvr38 | February 9, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Tim Kaine better run. Virginia does not need to go back to clowns like Macacawitz Allen.

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But its okay to have race baiter anti semites like Jim Moran in the House.

Posted by: scoran | February 9, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Webb serving in the military then challenging a thought to be unbeatable candidate and winning that race does not a "coward' make.

Posted by: captains2012 | February 9, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I would vote for the Democrats to run Bozo the Clown. He would not be much different from the other Democrat candidates and he would, at least, mean to be funny unlike Biden, the clown, who is always funny but doen't mean to be.

Webb's vote for Health Care dooms his candidacy and any other Democrat's candidacy. Hope the Left who have taken over the Democratic Party are happy.

Posted by: kctaz | February 9, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I definitely give him credit for doing this. It's such a small minority of politicians who can serve in a representative government and have the personal self-control to walk away instead of turning a civic duty into a career where staying elected becomes job one.

Posted by: joemdavis55 | February 9, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

No comment on someone who subscribes to the nutjob birther conspiracy theory calling me a "kook" (I think Bill O'Reilly referred to birthers as "nutcases" the other night, but "kook" would work too).

Posted by: justin_timberwolf |


"Kook" is just another term for liberal. And being a liberal is someone who "thinks" that most educated Virginians vote democRAT. HOW RICH!!

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"We focused relentlessly to restore economic fairness and social justice."
-Jim Webb

Get your hand out of my wallet you socialist freak!

Posted by: leatherman1 | February 9, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Senator Webb is one of the most active Virginian Senators in recent memory. You probably haven't heard about some of his achievements because he's been spending his term **working** rather than fundraising and jockeying for a presidential run like Allen did.

Ever heard of the (bipartisan) G. I. Bill, which is now responsible for educating hundreds of thousands of military personnel? Homeporting (securing VA jobs at its extensive Naval facilities)? Prison reform bill? Legislation speaking to troop dwelltime and body armor, to protect our troops and their rotational well-being? (Few others could even fathom the need for revising dwelltime policies.) Work in S.E. Asia protecting our foreign policy and assisting friends of democracy? Even ultimately supporting the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell after lengthy deliberation.

You don't have to love him or agree with all his decisions, but please don't try to claim that he hasn't made a difference to the lives of many Virginians and Americans. The G. I. Bill alone will affect the lives of thousands and thousands of troops and their families.

Webb is an honorable individual who bravely fought (and was wounded) for his country -- from that perspective and his time in Reagan's administration, Webb has an unequaled insight into all layers of the Department of Defense, from the troops in the field all the way to the top brass, policymakers, lobbyists and contractors. He is a moderate, eloquent voice who stands up for his beliefs and his constituents in need. He is one of the most principled politicians we have in Congress. It will be very hard to find a suitable replacement from either party and he will be missed.

http://webb.senate.gov/issuesandlegislation/virginia/index.cfm

http://webb.senate.gov/issuesandlegislation/armedservicesandveterans/index.cfm

Posted by: music1an | February 9, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Yet you had no problems with a Kenyan running for Congress from Chicago, eh kook?"

A rightwingnut teabagger birther is calling someone else a kook?

It is to laugh.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Yet you had no problems with a Kenyan running for Congress from Chicago, eh kook?"

A rightwingnut teabagger birther is calling someone else a kook?

It is to laugh.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Jason Bishop.

Posted by: icant | February 9, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Senator Webb, for your service -- from Vietnam to the Senate and all the stops in between. I trust you will stay involved in public affairs.

Posted by: kipper72 | February 9, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Webb would be a one-term senator, but not by his own volition. He's really left the Dems in the lurch unless Kaine wants to run, and he'll have a hard time separately himself from Obama. Leaning GOP takeover, or should I say takeback.

Posted by: dicklobb | February 9, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse


The only thing Webb did worth a darn was to defeat "mucaca man." He didn't do anything for the Commonwealth.


Posted by: mortified469 | February 9, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Virtually ANY Virginia 'Tea' (taxed enough already) Party individual will be better than ANYTHING the Dumbs can field.

Posted by: NOTINFL | February 9, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Yet you had no problems with a Kenyan running for Congress from Chicago, eh kook?"

A rightwingnut teabagger birther is calling someone else a kook?

It is to laugh.

Posted by: Observer691


Says the idiot who follows a failed community organizer around chanting HOPE AND CHANGE. No wonder Hussein focused on the young/dumb crowd to get his votes.

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"As you can see. the right-wing psychopaths are already celebrating. Only hope Kaine can save the seat from the forces of greed, stupidity and corruption that are the GOP.

Posted by: lbjack"

Ah, those tolerant liberals. We have so much to learn from them.

Posted by: bobmoses | February 9, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

No wonder we have poor government, when we have such an uninformed electorate. I refer to the numerous posts here claiming that Webb did nothing during his term, or he wasn't a real Democrat, or the only thing he ever voted on was to retire. His voting record is online, as is a variety of assessments and analytics of his time in the Senate. It's quite easy to see his record as a fine Democratic Senator - but it's easier to remain ignorant.

Posted by: hitpoints | February 9, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to Tim Kaine running against the teabagger candidate for Sen. Webb's seat.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your continued service, Sen. Webb. Hopefully another moderate Democrat can represent Virginia. Semper Fi.

Posted by: brian_away | February 9, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I just sent out an email to all the major media outlets denying that I'm the frontrunner for the Democratic seat and I'm not sure where the reports of an "incredible groundswell" of support are coming from. I appreciate those who've said my natural leadership would be just what this country needs now, but I'm just concentrating on the job at hand.

Posted by: thingsthatshine | February 9, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Webb will vote against the duplicative command structure in VA losing thousands of jobs making his re-election impossible. It is the right choice for our country.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 9, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to Tim Kaine running against the teabagger candidate for Sen. Webb's seat.

Posted by: Observer691

Let's see about the choices: someone who was in control of a party that was destroyed on election day or a political movement that was responsible for the destruction of the democRAT party. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out this one.

"IMAGINE...........NO LIBERALS"

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Webb ran for Senate because he couldn't stand the idiot Bush and his rubber-stamp Senate. His work here is done...and well done. Thank you for being a great Senator who heeded the call in a time of need.

As for possible replacements. I love Tim Kaine and will be happy if he runs. But my first choice would be Tom Perriello. That guy has a bright future in politics, whether he decides to run for Senator or perhaps the governorship.

Posted by: js_edit | February 9, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Smart move by Webb. Quit before you get thrown out on your ear for helping to ruin the best healthcare system in the world.

Posted by: johnfchick1 | February 9, 2011 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Senator Webb has had an embarassing voting record. His offices have been unresponsive to constituent inquiries, and have indicated a flagrant disregard for the opinions of the majority of his constituents. While he should be commended for his military service, and honored for his public service, his performance as Senator has not served Virginia well. Whoever Republicans nominate for the seat will be an improvement in government accountability.

Posted by: SavingGrace | February 9, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse


Well, the DemonRATS do NEED someone to pull them out of the STEEP DIVE their craft has entered.

DOWN, DOWN, DOWN she plunges.

Could Spiderman set a WEBB to catch a FALLING PRESIDENCY in 2012?

Posted by: NOTINFL | February 9, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Webb won narrowly over Allen during the historic and exciting Obama super-wave over a discredited Republican Administration.

Allen's loss included the trumped up Macaca incident where the media successfully spun a strange insult into a racist remark against a privileged Indian Asian heckler.

Webb briefly displayed wisdom when he suggested Dems rethink Obamacare after Scott Brown historic win of Kennedy's seat. Than he screwed himself by voting for Obamacare on Christmas Eve.

A wise man knows his limitations.. Webb joins the Democratic flight to early retirement.

Posted by: pvilso24

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Actually, no. Webb beat Allen in 2006, not 2008. Senate terms are 6 years. Obama had nothing to do with his win.

Macaca is a racist remark, period. The whole world watched the video. The young man referred to was not a "privileged Indian Asian heckler". He was born and raised in Virginia, unlike Allen, who is from California. He was working as a volunteer for Webb videorecording Allen's campaign appearances. He said nothing to provoke the insult. Allen pointed him out to the crowd and said, "So welcome, let's give a welcome to Macaca here! Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia!"

A wise man knows his limitations... he also gets his facts straight.

Posted by: kguy1 | February 9, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Webb is a good man. Hope Tim Kaine runs and sends George Allen back to wherever he's been the last 6 years.

Posted by: thegraneys | February 9, 2011 11:41 AM

~~~

Ditto!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 9, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Nominate Jeff Randall as an advocate for smaller government, limiting Congressional mandate of social attitude and restore individual responsibility and consent of the governed as the law of the land!

Posted by: BeResponsible2012 | February 9, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

By the time 2012 gets here the world will be in such termoil that world war 3 will be evident. Who ever is in office I hope is a good military person. The world as we know it is just about to end. If you aren't a christian, now is the time,please call on Jesus and ask for forgiveness of sins. Obama has no business in office, he doesn't know what is happening. Signing agreements with Russia isn't worth the paper they are written on. Obama doesn't have a clue.

Posted by: Danniepk | February 9, 2011 1:20 PM | Report abuse

George Allen is an embarrassing has-been

Posted by: ExConservative | February 9, 2011 1:21 PM | Report abuse

OMG - what great news! John McLaughlin (Sunday morning political round table McLaughlin Group) predicted Webb would not run. At the time I thought, luck would not ride with me on that one.

This is such a wonderful day.

Now, how do we get Whining Warner to step back and open the way for VA to get some REAL Senators.

OMG I am just giddy with glee.

Posted by: asmith1 | February 9, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Would like to see Jim Moran run. He would fire up the base and could win over many in other parts of VA. The population in VA has shifted dramatically toward the urban centers (particularly NoVA) since 2000, and it is time that our elected officials reflect this shift.

And it might be fun to watch neo-con heads explode at the WaPo.

Posted by: ac12 | February 9, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

George Allen is an embarrassing has-been

Posted by: ExConservative

100x better than the Kenyan!!

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Over the year's Webb has provided actual service to the Country vice looking out to run for the next office.
Meanwhile Virginia will be treated to Dumb (the Governor), dumber (the AG0 and dumber (Allen or a clone. Either way none of them have clue and Virginia will another duffess in office.

Posted by: KBlit | February 9, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

It won't matter who the Dems throw out there in 2012. If George Allen runs, George Allen will win. 2006 was an aberration, and Webb obviously saw the writing on the wall. Virginia is a red state, and if it were not for the smear campaign the media perpetrated upon Allen in 06', he would never have lost his seat. I think enough people have seen what direction this administration is taking us in, and "hope" and "change" will make a comeback in the form of a GOP takeover of the Senate.

Posted by: LAWNMAN209 | February 9, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Great - this is another Senate seat for the GOP! Amazing how in a little over two years, America has completely rejected Obama, the Democrats and their socialist agenda!

Posted by: Realist201
*******************************************
I suggest you change your name.

A 45-50% approval rating is "complete" rejection only in the mind of a lunatic. When you get over that, look up the word "socialism". There's no question you'll be astonished at what you'll find.

Posted by: st50taw | February 9, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Pistol-packing" Webb was always a little too rough around the edges for the uber-liberals now running the dimocrap party, especially those sipping their $12 lattes in Old Town. He lost the rest of us when he let his man hang out to dry on weapons charges when it was obvious it was Webb's gun in the briefcase. And it's no coincidence that "Kaine" rhymes with "pain. And "Creigh 'Deads' is, well, I think you get the picture.

I'll vote Tea Party every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Posted by: flintston | February 9, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Webb is dillusional if he thinks that anything other than Allen's "Macaca moment" won him the election.

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | February 9, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Please, NO!

Not MACACA!

Aren't Gov. Bob McBible and Ken Cuccicucci enough for you, Virginyuns?

Posted by: slipuvalad | February 9, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Webb won narrowly over Allen during the historic and exciting Obama super-wave over a discredited Republican Administration.

Allen's loss included the trumped up Macaca incident where the media successfully spun a strange insult into a racist remark against a privileged Indian Asian heckler.

Webb briefly displayed wisdom when he suggested Dems rethink Obamacare after Scott Brown historic win of Kennedy's seat. Than he screwed himself by voting for Obamacare on Christmas Eve.

A wise man knows his limitations.. Webb joins the Democratic flight to early retirement.

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 9, 2011 11:56 AM
__________________________
FYI, Webb was elected in 2006, 2 years before Obama was elected President.

"Trumped up" Macaca incident? Is there ANY doubt that Allen used that exact term? No one trumped it up except Allen himself.

"Indian Asian heckler"? He was NOT heckling Allen. He was there videotaping the moron's speech.

You really need to get your facts straight.

Posted by: luridone | February 9, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I'd certainly like to see Kaine run. I'm concerned that Jim Moran might go for it, and I don't think he has a "senatorial temperament." He also has many screw-ups in his record that could be exploited by opponents.
I've been underwhelmed by Webb, but not surprised - after all, he was a republican and he's pro-guns.

Posted by: suevee | February 9, 2011 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I supported Webb's campaign [$] ;from Michigan no less, and all the while believing in the 'man'.This man..

After reading his narrative of his Scots-Irish background I felt he was the kind of man I wanted in the US Senate. What a disappointment !How short of the mark he fell ...Jim Webb failed as the 'warrior' he claimed genetic stock of..

And so it goes....

Posted by: quinofthenorth | February 9, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Webb can read the handwriting on the election wall,like John Edwards, who could not be reelected in NC. However, Edwards' ego proved the Peter Principle lived in him. Webb knows a man has got to know his limitations(Dirty Harry)so he's abandoning SS Obama. Returning to private sector excuse is better than saying want to spend more time contemplating navel or with the family drivel you usually hear from such ilk. VA will elect a tea party republican.

Posted by: spartan11 | February 9, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"George Allen is an embarrassing has-been

Posted by: ExConservative


100x better than the Kenyan!!

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse "

You mean the Kenyan who's poll numbers are skyrocketing?

Go vote George Allen, you pinhead retard.

Posted by: ExConservative | February 9, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

EagleHasLanded is a teabagger formerly known as cschotta before he was banned for his insulting, vile posts -- it's only a matter of time before the creep is banned again.

Posted by: Observer691 | February 9, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

"George Allen is an embarrassing has-been

Posted by: ExConservative


100x better than the Kenyan!!

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse "

You mean the Kenyan who's poll numbers are skyrocketing?

Go vote George Allen, you pinhead retard.

Posted by: ExConservative


Still smoking the good stuff, eh lib?

ExConservative a.k.a. Quitter!

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

EagleHasLanded is a teabagger formerly known as cschotta before he was banned for his insulting, vile posts -- it's only a matter of time before the creep is banned again.

Posted by: Observer691

Good luck with that one Skippy. How's that community organizer thing working out for the democRAT party? lol

CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN-just how retarded are liberals?

Posted by: EagleHasLanded69 | February 9, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Who says it's going to be George Allen? I think Jamie might have something to say about that.

Posted by: wmorgan5 | February 9, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Knowing the anti-Obama and anti-Reed/Pelosi sentiment across the country, not to mention the fail policies of Obama, Webb is smart to opt out of re-election. Cuz he ain't stand a chance of winning it, and he and his people know it.

Posted by: mbaorbust | February 9, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"Webb has been a crushing disappointment to Democrats. I look forward to having a real Democrat fill his seat."

_______________

Barney Frank?

Posted by: JTR555 | February 9, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

And a good afternoon to all the trolls and nut jobs. Socialist agenda? Riding the wave of Obama in 2006? Jim Webb did nothing? Always nice to know you guys still travel in that reality-free bubble.

I agree with fairfaxvoter1. Jim Webb has been a dedicated public servant who was good for Virginia. I am sorry to see him go.

Posted by: GreybirdK1 | February 9, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I realize that most of the true lunatics who post on this board don't come from Virginia and are just trolling, but man, what a sad state our public discourse is in. So much of it just turns to "yay for our team and boo to the other team." Anyone who thinks Jim Webb is a liberal (!) has gone WAY off the deep end, as has anyone who thinks Jim Webb is a neocon.

Meanwhile these same people consider themselves conservatives but helped pass the Patriot Act or consider themselves liberals but poo-poohed the real left-wing health care model (single-payer) in favor of the Bob Dole/Orrin Hatch/Chuck Grassly individual mandate model that passed last Christmas.

My point isn't that people should be dogmatic about their partisanship; it's that people cling stupidly to these ideological labels that don't have any basis in actual reality or policy. It's all cheerleading on both sides rather than thinking about what's good for the country. According to the nutjobs on this board, anyone who praises anything Webb has done is immediately typecast as a socialist Obama drone or some kind of neocon in progressive's clothing. I personally think that Webb did what was good for the country most of the time, but when he's got home-state partisans accusing him of being alternately a socialist and a corporate socialist, I have little question about why he's retiring from the Senate.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | February 9, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

justin, who cares about Webb's oratory? He was operationally a liberal. He was a reliable party-line Dem vote. His was the deciding vote for ObamaCare. It's the votes, stupid.

Posted by: eoniii | February 9, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse


After reading thru these comments I am reminded of WHAT IS WRONG in America.

We used to be Americans who placed our Country ahead of our political party.

These parties have evolved to crush Americans and with it, The United States of America.

I switched parties 10 years ago because the Dumb-ocrats abandoned their principles. However, I like Jim Webb and pray he will consider a challenge to the Kenyan in 2012.

Please think before you condemn him for not running in 2012 in what is probably a "losing campaign".

Most politicians LOVE that scenario because they can PILFER $$$$ from their campaign war chest which goes home with them when they lose.

I want to believe that Jim Webb has too much integrity to steal from the public ... a la censured Charlie Rangel et al ...

Continued polarization of our populace will sink us into 3rd world status before my grandchildren graduate from this life ...

1 step in the right direction would be to BAN ALL UNIONIZATION OF WORKERS PAID BY TAXPAYERS.

Posted by: esquire2 | February 9, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse


A 45-50% approval rating is "complete" rejection only in the mind of a lunatic. When you get over that, look up the word "socialism". There's no question you'll be astonished at what you'll find.

Posted by: st50taw | February 9, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

give us a break st50taw

I suggest that LOSS of 63 seats in the House and 7 seats in the Senate is "COMPLETE REJECTION" of the Kenyan and the SOCIALIST AGENDA he still tries to ram down our throats.

Clinging to a narrow definition of "socialist" reminds me of the words of that famous intern molester who stated "depends on what the definition of the word "IS" is".

Leaders without character AND integrity do not belong in public office.

Posted by: esquire2 | February 9, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Webb was a huge disappointment. He sought to portray himself as a centrist, but then consistently voted for the Obama/Reid big-government agenda.

I for one look forward to having George Allen represent us once again in the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: jrmil | February 9, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, political news of this type brings out the worst in party loyalists, Republicans and Democrats, who immediately replace logic with passion. Once again, we see the worst each party has to offer, embaressingly regurgitating in public by repeating inaccurate, slandering and toxic commentary.

Reality indicates that any Democratic candidate will have an uphill battle in Virginia given its archaic and backward nature (relative to the state of Washington, among many others). Reality indicates that the success of either party in 2012 will largely be dependent on the state of the economy during the months leading up to the election. Reality indicates that, perhaps with minor exception, all candidates for office (yes, both Democrats and Republicans) want to best serve America and to preserve the democratic rule it represents. Reality indicates that most party loyalists fail to recognize that the principle difference between the two party's is centered on what each party believes is best for the U.S. And, reality indicates, regrettably, that both major parties act in their own interest first, if not exclusively.

Posted by: OrcasIslandRealist | February 9, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse


Sen. Jim Webb lost his courage, independence, and integrity once he went into politics in general, and once he was elected a senator in particular. Well, at least he is a realist because there is little chance of him getting reelected. Alas, whoever takes his seat, be a GOP or Dem, would still be a politician. These guys makes me puke!

Posted by: usnret742w4 | February 9, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Webb was a good man with a strong military background. A man of his character likely doesn't appreciate 2500+ bills which no one reads, 100s of pages added at the last minute, $1.5T deficits for each of Obama's first four years, backroom deals to pass bogus legislation, overbearing regulations, a phony alternative energy plan based on unshared data, lack of leadership on nearly all issues, etc, etc.

If you don't like the policies, why stick around and have your name tied to this crap?

Best thing that ever happened to the progressive movement was George Bush. Best things to ever happen to conservatives are Jimmy Carter I and Jimmy Carter II (Obama).

Posted by: Tostitos | February 9, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

I have been very impressed with Jim Webb. His Democratic response to then President Bush's State of the Union address was memorable. I was hopeful, Jim Webb would have run for President, or been the VP candidate in 2008. His departure is a great loss, not only for the Democratic Party, but also for the citizens of Virginia and all Americans. I thank Mr. Webb for his service to our country, both in the military and in government. Speaking of which, it's ironic how many of those "weak" and "unpatriotic" Democrats have military and combat records, versus most of their Republican counterparts. I hope the Democrats find someone representative of Jim Webb's strengths and not a candidate like the one they chose to attempt to replace Senator Kennedy. Moving forward, the Dems need to be smarter.

Posted by: Barry16 | February 9, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

He's one of the "a few good men" that we have left in this country and has so many connections with both political parties; so I'm thinking that he will either:

(1). Convert back to become a Republican and run for a US President in 2012; or

(2). Waiting for the next Cabinet Post after 2012...doesn't matter which side is winning(?)

Let's just wait & see. :)

Posted by: tommyluu_102 | February 10, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'd prefer Ambassador Don Beyer to all of them...

Posted by: notjoeabbey | February 10, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Let the Washington Post pick the person. Hell, they'll be managing their campaign anyway..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | February 11, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

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