Monday, February 13, 2006

Warm up the swiftboats
This is from the National Review via Kos. Mackubin Thomas Owens, one of NRO's contributing editors thinks the announcement of James Webb as a Democratic candidate in the Virginia Senate race might be trouble for the Republicans. I'm not so sure. Many republicans might look at Webb's resume and see nothing but liabilities.
Webb is an impressive man. He is a 1968 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. As a Marine officer in Vietnam, he led an infantry platoon and company, was wounded twice...

Probably self inflicted.
...and was awarded the Navy Cross (second only to the Medal of Honor as a recognition of valor) and the Silver Star.

A glory hound. He no doubt lobbied his superiors for the medals because he was already looking forward to a political carreer.
After he was medically retired from the Marine Corps...

A quitter and a whiner.
...he attended Georgetown Law School and later served as counsel to the House Veterans Committee.

Oh my God, he's a lawyer!
He is the author of six novels, including Fields of Fire, the best novel there is about Vietnam.

A pointy-headed intellectual. Probably thinks he's better than us, like those America-hating college professors.
During the Reagan administration, he served as an assistant secretary of Defense and secretary of the Navy.

A big-government bureaucrat. Add to that the fact that he's now running as a Democrat. That kind of disloyalty and inconsistency is evidence of a disturbing lack of character.

I don't think the Republican slime machine will have much trouble finding material to work with. In no time at all we'll hear that Jim Webb is the most evil veteran to stalk the political stage since Max Cleland, John Kerry, or Jack Murtha.

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