Jim Webb

Status Update: I’m Running for President
July 08, 2015

When did presidential campaign announcements go from mega-events to Facebook posts?

Hillary's Going to Have a Primary After All, and She Should Be Grateful
November 11, 2014

She'll get an early chance to prove her bona fides.

Jim Webb Would Be the Most Bored President Ever
September 24, 2014

Which is why nothing will come of his rumored campaign.

Evan Bayh’s “Regrets,” Redux
October 03, 2012

The Wall Street Journal editorial page writes about Evan Bayh’s “regrets” about Obamacare without mentioning a rather crucial fact.

Why Lieberman And Webb Voted No
July 27, 2012

Talking Point Memo’s Brian Beutler argues, persuasively, that this week’s tax cut votes in the Senate were a bigger deal than most of us realized. The Republicans voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for everybody, and the Democrats voted to extend them only for family income up to $250,000. It was so obvious that neither bill was going anywhere that the Republicans didn’t bother to filibuster.  Predictably, the Republican bill failed, 45-54, and the Democratic bill—which has no chance of clearing the Republican-controlled House—passed, 51-48.

Why Lieberman And Webb Voted No
July 27, 2012

Talking Point Memo's Brian Beutler argues, persuasively, that this week's tax cut votes in the Senate were a bigger deal than most of us realized. The Republicans voted to extend the Bush tax cuts for everybody, and the Democrats voted to extend them only for family income up to $250,000. It was so obvious that neither bill was going anywhere that the Republicans didn't bother to filibuster.  Predictably, the Republican bill failed, 45-54, and the Democratic bill--which has no chance of clearing the Republican-controlled House--passed, 51-48.

Senate Democrats, Not That Stupid After All
October 12, 2011

Maybe Senate Democrats aren't so stupid after all. On Tuesday evening 51 Senators* voted to end debate on President Obama's job bill, so that it could come to a vote. But although that 51 constitutes a majority of the Senate, it's well short of the 60 necessary to break filibusters. And the Republicans, as always, are filibustering.  That 51 does not represent the full caucus. Two conservative Democrats facing reelection, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jon Tester of Montana, voted with the Republicans.

Conservative Democrats Strike Again (Updated)
September 14, 2011

If you’ve read this blog lately, you’ve read a lot of criticism of Republicans for talking economic nonsense, placing their political fortunes ahead of the country’s good, or some combination of the two. But sometimes Democrats, particularly conservative Democrats, do the same things. And now is one of those times. Mary Landrieu and Jim Webb – I’m looking at you. An article by Manu Raju, in Politico, quotes the three senators criticizing Obama’s jobs proposal.

Southern Comfort
June 09, 2011

By his own account, George Allen didn’t have much fun in his first and only term in the U.S. Senate, which, he once complained, moves “at the pace of a wounded sea slug.” Even less fun, however, was the dramatic flameout that took place during his 2006 campaign for reelection. First, New Republic reporter Ryan Lizza discovered a high school yearbook photo featuring a teenage Allen with a Confederate flag pin attached to his collar. Then, a few months later, Allen was caught on tape calling a South Asian Democratic campaign worker “macaca.” Suddenly, Allen had a race problem.

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