The web on Webb

Allow me to continue the lovefest that has recently swelled around Virginia Senator Jim Webb (C-VILLE joins in here). As the Democratic primary plays itself out (ohgodpleaseend), VP talk about Webb has increased.

Local blogger Jack Landers at Rule .303 argues that Webb could be of real use to Barack Obama and gives the example of how Webb continues to hammer John McCain with his GI Bill. It’s a pretty common sentiment that Webb would balance out the Dem ticket with his military experience, something (the only thing?) that McCain is running hard on. Says Landers:

"Jim Webb as a running mate would make the perfect weapon against John McCain for Barack Obama. And it is those same skills that have made him such a perfect weapon that would also enable him to serve as an extraordinarily capable Vice President, turning administration proposals into reality in both the military and the Senate. Hopefully, we’ll get that new GI bill passed along the way."

Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic notes the timing of Webb’s new book, and Slate does a lap around the Internet and picks out what some bloggers have to say about Webb vis-a-vis the VP slot.

And then there’s Dan Savage of The Stranger (yes, that Dan Savage), who floats the Obama-Webb ticket idea. The comments at the bottom of Savage’s post offer some good pro/con rationale for offering the VP slot to Webb. Personally, I’d hate to see a special election in Virginia for Webb’s newly vacated seat for two reasons. First, for a freshman senator, Webb seems to swing a big stick on the Hill. Second, can you think of another Democratic candidate that Virginia would elect in his place?

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