Senator Jim Webb Not Seeking Re-Election

by Mike on February 9, 2011

in Election 2012,Politics

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2012.  A Reagan cabinet official turned liberal, Webb first won his seat back in 2006 by masquerading as a moderate and capitalizing on the country’s anti-Republican mood and his opponent’s campaign blunders.  After taking office, he dutifully voted for Obamacare and the President’s out of control spending proposals.

I suspect Webb is retiring because he realizes it was much easier to win with a blank slate than the voting record he created over the last six years.  Whatever the reason, Webb’s retirement strips the Democrats of their biggest advantage (for whatever it was worth in this case), incumbency.  The GOP now has an open seat to target in a state that normally leans their way.

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Sal February 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

So it’s only February 9, 2011, a full year and nine months away . And thus far how many members of the Senate Democrat caucus have retired? Three. Usually you don’t get this many retirements until the actual election year. Who’s next? My money is in Ben Nelson (D-NE).

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