Kos: Thank You, Sir – May I Have Another
Nothings reveals the unprincipled drive for power of the Progressive Left quite so much as their alliance with Virginia Senate Candidate Jim Webb (D):
From the perspective of the activist Left, [rednecks] are the greatest obstacles to what might be called the collectivist taming of America, symbolized by the edicts of political correctness. And for the last fifty years the Left has been doing everything in its power to sue them, legislate against their interests, mock them in the media, isolate them as idiosyncratic, and publicly humiliate their traditions in order to make them, at best, irrelevant to America’s future growth.
–from Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America,
by James Webb (2004)
Webb is portrayed as going on to call them and other politicians today pussies, driving America toward a dangerous wussification in this excellent piece by Andrew Ferguson.
Yet, a look at DailyKos shows the effort those very Progressives have put into the Webb campaign, from defending his apparent chauvinist views to raising cash. And all the while, Webb has issued nothing more than bullet points in an effort to hide any serious stands on matters beyond Iraq. For example, take a look at immigration, where he says nothing at all. But in an interview I doubt the Webb camp wants widely viewed, he makes it clear he isn’t even supportive of a guest worker program. That he is more like Buchanan and to the Right of Bush on immigration wouldn’t play well with the Democrat base. No wonder the Washington Post isn’t interested in issues in their on going campaign against George Allen.
When you take apart Webb’s few known positions, even the few make no sense at all in a broader perspective. So much so, that one begins to suspect every position is simply a matter of convenience for candidate Webb.
And moderates and conservatives shouldn’t take too much comfort thinking Webb’s partly conservative views may lend balance to a Democrat controlled Senate. The idea that a freshman Senator with such conflicting and seemingly confused views is going to take on the entrenched Liberal elite like Clinton, Schumer and Feingold doesn’t amount to anything more than a pipe dream, at best.
Yes, politics does certainly make for strange bedfellows. In this case, the only fun in a Webb victory for conservatives and moderates may be watching who it is in the Webb / Kos marriage of convenience that ends up getting screwed. My guess is Kos, as Webb would have rank.
Lastly, if nothing else, Lieberman must at least get a chuckle from the Netroots selfish hypocrisy, throwing over a solid liberal while embracing a relatively unknown writer who, given his not often discussed extremely short tenure as Navy Secretary (10 months) may well turn out to be the Left’s unmanageable loon.
Sorry to readers who are veterans for the relatively unknown writer bit; however, I’m a bit tired of hearing what a prolific author Webb is when the fact is, most Americans never heard of his work until he decided to run for Senate. And it’s increasingly obvious his strongest supporters haven’t read any of it at all.