Richmond, Virginia -- November 13, 2006
Well the sour grapes have certainly made their appearance this week. F.T. ("Terry") Rea sums it up pretty well when he calls these writers the "sulkosphere."
I for one was not really interested in gloating about this election. We won, and I'm happy about it. Enough said. But our country faces real problems and Democrats will have to begin to advance their agenda when they take control next January.
Yes, next January--Democrats are not in control yet. The Republican Congress is back for its lame-duck session and Republican commentators would do better, I think, to focus on what their own party will do with it's last weeks in power, rather than how Jim Webb will vote and whether he will disappoint liberal Democrats or not. My guess: more tax breaks for the super-wealthy, more worthless and expensive earmarks, and more rubber-stamping President Bush. The Republican Party has plenty of time left to embarass itself.
Jim Webb doesn't have to run for re-election for six years, and I suspect that a growing number of liberal Democrats will take Jim Webb to heart for simply having beaten George Allen. I think that Virginia's Republicans won't have to worry about Jim Webb in the clutches of angry liberals. This kind of chatter from right wing bloggers has about as much authenticity as those crocodile tears they shed over Harris Miller's defeat in the primary.