Jim Webb Bowing Out

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default-jim-webb.jpgUS Senator Jim Webb is not going to run again. Politico‘s Ben Smith has the scoop.
Bad news is that Jim Webb has been a force for good in most of the issues I care about.
In particular, Webb has a tenacious view on the separation of powers between the Congress and Executive Branch.
When Hillary Clinton in her Senate role voted for the Kyl/Lieberman resolution on Iran — repeating in essence her mistake in supporting the Iraq War Resolution which George W. Bush used to imply as Congressional affirmation for his war, Webb put forward a resolution prohibiting funding for a war against Iran without explicit Congressional approval. To straddle different options and respond to an insurgency on her foreign policy advising team furious with her support of Kyl/Lieberman, Hillary Clinton jumped on Webb’s resolution too.
Jim Webb is also co-chair of the Congressional Study Group on Japan, a much neglected and taken for granted ally that deserves far more attention than it gets these days from Washington.
The good news is that we think tank types like Webb’s form of original thinking and hope to see him more — and of course, we hope he gets back to some writing for Parade Magazine.
— Steve Clemons

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12 comments on “Jim Webb Bowing Out

  1. WigWag says:

    Jim Webb was about the closest thing in the Democratic Senatorial caucus to a proponent of a realist foreign policy. In fact, he was one of the very few Senators of either party who had realist leanings (Richard Lugar is another).
    As the song goes, “another one bites the dust.”
    If Tim Kaine ends up running as a Democrat to replace Webb, he could win; Kaine is quite popular. But his foreign policy leanings (foreign and defense policy is not his main interest as it was with Webb)will be much more like the rest of the Democratic caucus.

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  2. RWH says:

    Many of you may not know that James Webb is an accomplished author. His recent book entitled “Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish shaped America” is one of the most timely and informative books I have ever read. If you have ever wondered why states in the south have the most military bases, the most military volunteers, the most fundamentalist churches, the strongest support of the gun culture, and the most consistent red state voting patterns, the answers are all in this book. Webb is indeed a very able writer and he has done his homework.

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  3. Kathleen says:

    Webb would make a great Secretary of DEfense. Is someone after WEbb? What are his reasons for dropping out?

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  4. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for that Dan…forgot..He sure is dropping out early in his career

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  5. not steve says:

    Sadly, Steve also has a good point; much of Virginia is as redneck as Mississippi. Still, I would like to hear from Perriello on the matter because, there is so much integrity about the guy, that it’s a shame to write him off. He buck the gold old boys once, albeit with the overwhelming support in Charlottesville. But there is also a lot of that kind of support in Richmond, Roanoke City, Norfolk. And somewhere along the line, this country has to decide whether it’s had enough of the redneck republican mentality, and blue dog dems. Maybe it’s not in Virginia, or in ’12, but it has to begin somewhere, sometime.

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  6. not steve says:

    Steve – what would you think of a run by Tom
    Perriello for that seat?
    Excellent idea. The repubs are going to go after any dem with ferocity. If Allen is the nominee, double that. Perriello has the guts to fight back with intelligence and to land many intelligent punches of his own. He galvanizes the fighting spirit of many democracts in the old dominion who were thrilled at him taking out the bigoted throwback, Virgil Goode. Those dems would thrill at the chance to take Perriello’s fight for integity statewide, especially against George “knock their soft teeth down their whiney throats” Allen. And many dems are sick to death of the wishy washy blue dogs like Warner who has turned into one huge disappointment.

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  7. Steve Clemons says:

    Tom is a friend. He’d lose a statewide run – regrettably. I’m a realist about Virginia — and I think a conservative/centrist Dem is the only way to beat the Republicans there. I hope he gets something from administration soon. He certainly deserves it and we should have his voice and thinking in the public policy space. But I would never wish on him a Dem race for the Virginia Senate seat.

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  8. Tony says:

    Steve – what would you think of a run by Tom
    Perriello for that seat? Or should he hold out for a
    job in the administration?

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  9. Dan Kervick says:

    Kathleen,
    Jim Webb was only elected to the Senate in 2006.
    In 2004, he wrote an article in USA Today calling the Iraq War “the greatest strategic blunder in modern memory.”

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  10. Kathleen says:

    Steve/All
    Are you folks aware of these hearings? Over at Mondoweiss
    Orthodoxy: Re Egypt, House Foreign Affairs Committee will hear two Israel lobbyists and one other rightwinger, no Arab-Americans

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  11. Kathleen says:

    Just checking to see if he had the balls to vote against the Iraq war resolution. Nope he was sucked in by the “pack of lies” Would have thought he would have followed Durbins lead
    Is he afraid that the teabaggers will whack him in Virginia? Who will step up to fill his shoes? Warner?
    Here are the brave ones:

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  12. Kathleen says:

    “When Hillary Clinton in her Senate role voted for the Kyl/Lieberman resolution on Iran — repeating in essence her mistake in supporting the Iraq War Resolution which George W. Bush used to imply as Congressional affirmation for his war, Webb put forward a resolution prohibiting funding for a war against Iran without explicit Congressional approval. To straddle different options and respond to an insurgency on her foreign policy advising team furious with her support of Kyl/Lieberman, Hillary Clinton jumped on Webb’s resolution too.”
    I was so impressed with Webb on this one. His words on the floor about this unnecessary and inflammatory resolution knocked my socks off (wish I could link to this) You can google you tube and watch him rip it up.
    Is someone after him?
    This over at Foreign Policy about Al Jazeera
    The Al Jazeera Effect

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