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I was thinking of responding to some of the Jim Webb bashing recently, but Eileen did a far better job than I could.
I hope this draws some extra attention to one of the best posts I have read this year in the Virginia blogosphere.
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I like Eileen and all but you just look silly when you credit her for writing what is clearly a Webb press release.
I agree with the sentiment of the text and her assertion. But give credit where credit is due.
On the other hand, Feld gets 4k a month to copy the press releases verbatim.
August 30, 2006 at 01:46 AM
True - sources have now been credited. Thanks!
August 30, 2006 at 07:38 AM
Ha Ha Ha!
Yeah, great writing! Cut. Paste.
Ta Da! NLS gives kudos!
August 30, 2006 at 08:22 AM
Hey, Ben. You, RK and us Hampton Roads bloggers made mention in today's Virginian-Pilot lead editorial. "Bloggers Remake VA Political Rules"... http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories/story.cfm?story=110064&ran=195216
August 30, 2006 at 08:24 AM
I'll chime in once more with credit given where credit due.
From today's Virginia-Pilot editorial...
"If it was not already obvious to everyone, the Macaca fracas has cemented the Virginia blogosphere's role in the center ring of the political circus.
Virginia blogger Not Larry Sabato (NotLarrySabato.typepad.com) broke the story. And the state's blogs from the right (BearingDrift.com) to the left (VivianPaige.wordpress.com) chewed the controversy over from every possible angle."
August 30, 2006 at 09:30 AM
You know, I'm always suspicious of campaign advice from the far-right. Call me crazy, but I just don't think they have our best interests at heart.
It seems to me that Webb has handled this whole M-word thing quite well. Let the campaign people do the heavy lifting--that's what they are paid for. Jim stays above it and makes very gracious comments aka "..does not reflect the greatness of the people of SW Virginia." Lovely.
If he followed Mr. Bearing Drift's advice, he'd turn into a shrill, one-note guy. Far better as he is, and I suspect the right-wingers know it. We can see them sweat, and it really isn't very attractive, is it?
August 30, 2006 at 09:32 AM
Oh, and I would like to add that I admire Eileen and the campaign for keeping fairly quiet re Webb's son's imminent departure to Iraq. I'm sure Mr. Bearing Drift and others of that ilk would advice Webb to make political hay of such a wrenching time, too.
I'm one of the church-going liberals the right-wingers don't think exist. Is it okay if I ask all of us--whatever our political or religious leanings--to offer a prayer and our best wishes for Jimmy and the Webb family?
Personally, I feel worried sick about the whole thing. I don't know how Jim Webb (and family) can stand it.
August 30, 2006 at 09:42 AM
Virginia Pilot, today:
"Over time, blogs will be judged by readers. Those who keep their facts straight and their analysis honest will thrive, while others will wither into obscurity."
August 30, 2006 at 10:16 AM
In time, Webb's lack of work ethic as a candidate will start to become an issue covered by this press.
More than one observer has already noted that he lacks "the juice." Chris Mathews and Charlie Cook noted this on a recent Hardball edition about a week ago. Mathews compared Webb to Ford noting that Harold Ford seems to have the "fire in the belly" while Webb seemed to lack "the juice."
Did anyone else see this edition of Hardball?
August 30, 2006 at 10:33 AM
I'd agree, Marco, but I think that's mostly because Webb will never seem as enthusiastic as his foaming-at-the-mouth supporters. I'm voting for him, but I don't think he's the second coming.
August 30, 2006 at 10:49 AM
Chris Matthews is a sock-puppet. The only question is who's hand is moving his mouth. He's been playing catchup since Katrina.
August 30, 2006 at 11:00 AM
I would add that since both the poll numbers and fundraising numbers seem to be closing, it's time for the Webb team to start acting more Senatorial as they get into the post-Labor day sprint.
That means no more "Wad(hams)" and "Felix" jokes, Lowell. I know it'll be tough, but you can do it. Heh.
August 30, 2006 at 11:00 AM
Acting more senatorial would mean getting rid of Lowell completely. He alienates the less shrill and gives fodder to the other side.
August 30, 2006 at 11:25 AM
I basically like some of his positions and think that he is a nice guy but he's a cold fish on camera. There's just no passion there.
People like their ministers, lawyers, and politicians to have soul. Webb needs to drink some coffee, or something. He is boring.
August 30, 2006 at 11:52 AM
Mathews may be a sock puppet, and a total dork, but would you say the same of Charlie Cook?
August 30, 2006 at 11:53 AM
Charlie Cook has been MIA since early August. So he doesn't even acknowledge we have a dead-heat at worst.
Let me ask you something. Have you seen Webb live?
August 30, 2006 at 12:25 PM
"Lacking in fire?" That's the sort of dumb comment I expect from someone who gets their information about politic from Chris Matthews. Hardball is more entertainment than information. Look at Jim's Webb's writing. Look at the stands he has taken--the speeches made. Jim Webb has more fire in his belly than any candidate in the country. Remember we're not electing someone to be on television. We're sending them to Washington to govern.
Nick Stump |
August 30, 2006 at 01:02 PM
What difference does it make if I have seen him live? I've seen him on live television...and he doesn't come across with much passion. That's my personal opinion.
It is how he appears on camera that matters the most. Right now, he doesn't seem to be comfortable talking with Chris Mathews...or handling interviews.
In response to Nick Stump above, I would just say that Secretary Webb's good writing aside, the fact is that average voters will not be reading his books.
The average person on the street watches television. That is the reality of our times.
Secretary Webb might have fire in the belly...anyone willing to through himself into the "Arena"...by definition has that fire.
The point that I am trying to convey is that he doesn't show it on camera...and his campaign schedule doesn't reflect it either.
To win this election, he must kick it up about a thousand notches. This includes adding more events to his schedule and to learn to speak more eloquently.
By admission, he is not a professional politician. This is something that is a plus. However, as I mentioned earlier, people like their ministers, lawyers, and politicians to have a little "zing" when publicly speaking. To witness a boring public speaker is like going to a wedding only to see the bride and groom kiss with a simple peck rather than laying a passionate smacker to one another.
The simple fact that George Allen stepped in it big-time is not going to get you to 50% plus one vote.
Secretary Webb must find his own voice and his own way. Relying on George Allen's various mistakes will not be enough.
August 30, 2006 at 01:53 PM
Does anyone else think it's sort of cool that we have an even race right as things are about to heat up? I'm excited to see how all of this unfolds. Webb has a real opportunity now to get his message across and swing voters, but I agree that he is going to have to sell himself to those who don't have the luxury of already knowing him or reading 10 blogs a day. It'll be interesting to see how he goes about it.
JMU Duke |
August 30, 2006 at 02:08 PM
I agree with your statement up to a point. Jim Webb will definitely have to make a clear case for himself.
As far as the "fire in the belly" goes--this doesn't hurt, but I don't think it will be a deal breaker.
Chuck Robb and John Warner are two examples of politicians who are not from the "circus carney" school. Robb in particular was, at times, extremely stiff on the campaign trail.
I think many voters this election cycle will be more forgiving of a candidate's public presentation and put a great weight on the candidates' resumes. That's my hope at least.
August 30, 2006 at 04:52 PM
To Anon at 4:52pm:
Robb was/is a stiff but he always had Linda Byrd.
Warner was never a stiff. In fact, in the beginning, he had Elizabeth. When she was gone...he had his own eccentricity to keep things interesting.
I'm not saying that someone needs to give Webb an IV full of caffeine but he does need work.
August 30, 2006 at 05:42 PM
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