Webb Won't Say Whether He'll Help Obama's Reelection Effort
9:49 AM, Nov 2, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Manu Raju of Politico has a piece today about retiring Virginia senator Jim Webb. The last three paragraphs read:
One gets the sense from reading the rest of the article that Webb just does not like being a United States senator. It is tedious work and hard to get things down in Washington. And Webb, the article suggests, is more of a doer than a talker.
But it's still a bit revealing. It's not that it isn't politically prudent for Webb to say he'll campaign for Obama's reelection--it doesn't matter, after all, to Webb since he's retiring at the end this term, which just so happens to be his first term. Political considerations do not matter as much when one is not in politics. Instead, Webb's hesitation would seem to suggest that the Democratic Virginia senator isn't sure whether President Obama has been doing a good job.