Friday, February 11, 2011

Virginia Senate Race 2012 - #2637 - A Tangled Web: Democrats Court Perriello for U.S. Senate Vacancy? - The Schilling Show Blog

After a truly non-distinguished six-year term in the United States Senate, Jim Webb surprised no one by announcing today that he would not seek re-election to the seat he won in 2006. Webb, whose Specter-esque party-hopping antics facilitated his election in typically “conservative” Virginia, never really seemed to enjoy the job, and he took few definitive positions during his lackluster tenure.   Looming large on the minds of Democrat strategists is: Who’s next? With an extremely weak “bench,” and a well-known likely Republican opponent (George Allen), Obama’s political progeny know this seat is fundamentally vulnerable.While blowhard Brian Moran and neo-Federalist Creigh Deeds are conventional considerations for the seat, they have burned political capital on unimpressive previous campaigns and are not viable candidates. The left’s opportunity to save the seat rests with former Virginia Governor and current Democratic National Committee Chair, Tim Kaine, if he wants it—but if he does not? Unnamed sources deep in the bowels of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee say that former 5th District Congressman, Tom Perriello, is next in line. Uncharacteristically cagey about his political future, Perriello—semi-affectionately known as the one-term blunder—is waiting in the wings for Kaine to abstain.
 “Senator” Perriello would be an unmitigated disaster for Virginia given his support for abortion, Cap and Trade, Card Check, Obamacare and a host of other progressive (read: Socialist) agenda items. But his campaign would be well funded and he is considered a formidable challenger, should he be called to again serve his Party. Read Jim Webb's retirement statement.........  Let's always not forget who Tom's best buddy is......

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