12:41 PM, May 20, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
James Webb has served in the U.S. Senate and as secretary of the Navy. He is also an accomplished writer of both novels (Fields of Fire), non-fiction (Born Fighting), and a contributor to THE WEEKLY STANDARD. And he won a Navy Cross for his service as a Marine officer in Vietnam. He is now thinking, as Rosalind S. Helderman of the Washington Post reports, about running for president.
As Democratic politicians go, Webb is an anomaly. He is strong on national defense and he identifies, instinctively, with the blue-collar, working class elements of the party. Webb is not particularly comfortable with the superficialities of politics and one wonders if he would tolerate the media’s excesses with the kind of equanimity shown by Mitt Romney.
But if he were to run, along with Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, the nomination of Hillary Clinton might look less like a sure thing. And the debates would suddenly become very much worth watching.
3:14 PM, Oct 12, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Last night, two Democratic senators helped block a motion to debate and vote on the president's jobs bill. That hasn't stopped Barack Obama from arguing that it was Republicans in the Senate who are solely responsible for holding up his bill's movement.
10:37 AM, Sep 14, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic senators, Politico reports, are voicing obvious displeasure with aspects of the president's jobs plan.
“Terrible,” Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told POLITICO when asked about the president’s ideas for how to pay for the $450 billion price tag. “We shouldn’t increase taxes on ordinary income. … There are other ways to get there.”
9:15 AM, Jul 13, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Despite press reports that have indicated Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia would not support a debt ceiling deal that involves tax hikes, the senator won't reveal, when asked in person, where he actually stands on the contentious issue.
"I’m for a plan that’s fair," Manchin, who is up for reelection next year, said in the Capitol yesterday afternoon. "Just a fair plan for everybody."
8:55 AM, Jan 14, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The Virginia Pilot writes, "The Obama administration 'did a really terrible job handling health care reform,' he [Sen. Jim Webb (D., Va.)] said, because the president relied on Congress to draft a plan. 'You can't turn something that complicated loose on the United States Congress,' he said..."
12:49 PM, Dec 22, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
President Obama says in an interview with The Advocate that his "strong sense" is that implementation of Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal will be "a matter of months...absolutely not years—and that we will get this done in a timely fashion, and the chiefs are confident that it w
Webb cites "frustration" at fellow Democrats for swift vote on repeal.11:10 AM, Nov 18, 2010 • By MICHAEL WARREN
While President Obama and most Democrats in Congress have voiced their support for repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy on gays in the military, a few Senate Democrats are leaving open the option of voting against repeal. Senator Jim Webb of Virginia said Wednesday that members should examine the Pentagon’s DADT report, which is set to be released on December 1, before making a decision.
The GOP strikes back.2:41 PM, Jan 28, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Last night Virginia governor Bob McDonnell delivered the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address. It was the third time in five years that a Virginian delivered the response to a State of the Union--clearly Virginia is an electoral battleground! You can read a transcript of McDonnell's speech here, in case Obama put you to sleep before McDonnell appeared on television.