Thursday, May 29, 2008

More Webb Bashing (well, not really)

Webb has been tossed around as a possible VP to Obama for a while now, but the disagreement over Webb's potential candidacy is finally starting to come to a head. Kathy G. outlined a very articulate case against Webb as a VP candidate, so you should just go and read the whole thing. Melissa McEwan at Shakesville uses some pretty strong language to protest the idea of a Webb VP candidacy:
I cannot begin to express what a terrible, terrible, terrible idea it would be for the Democratic Party to allow Jim Webb onto the national ticket after this primary season, for reasons I'm guessing I don't need to explain. I resent the idea that sticking any old pair of boobs in the veep slot is going to mollify the women who are rightfully angry with the way Clinton has been treated by her own party during this primary (yeah, I'm looking at you, Leahy, just for a start), but I resent even more the notion that it doesn't matter at all. Handing the veep slot to Webb on an Obama ticket would be a huge slap in the face to feminists.
But I have to say that I think Ezra's case against Webb on the national ticket is better:
Happily, there's another institution where individuals of strong conviction and substantial political talent can shape national policy: the United States Senate, where Webb currently serves.
Removing Webb from the Senate, where he's already shown really great leadership on a number of issues that really need to be addressed. Besides, another hard-fought battle in Virginia for a Senate seat is hardly something the party needs amid an intensive election year.

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