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Why Obama Will Pick Jim Webb for VP

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There's enough buzz about the possibility of some conflict with Iran, either US or Israel initiated that we have to take this very seriously. Once conflict starts, this could give McCain, with his military credentials, at the least, a claim to having better experience, even if his military experience consists of being a crashed pilot and prisoner and in graduating in the lowest one percent out of over 800 students at the Naval academy.

To balance McCain's dubious claim of military experience, Obama will have to bring in a VP with military experience. Jim Webb makes the most sense to me. As a Virginia senator, he'll reel in Virginia as a formerly red state turned blue. Born in Missouri, he could help Claire McGaskill bring in that state.



Also a Naval Academy grad, he received Superintendent's Commendation for outstanding leadership contributions while a midshipman.

His bio reports:

First in his class of 243 at the Marine Corps Officers' Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, Webb served with the Fifth Marine Regiment in Vietnam, where as a rifle platoon and company commander in the infamous An Hoa Basin west of Danang he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts. He later served as a platoon commander and as an instructor in tactics and weapons at Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, and then as a member of the Secretary of the Navy's immediate staff, before leaving the Marine Corps in 1972.


Webb received his J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center in 1975. He served in the U.S. Congress as counsel to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs from 1977 to 1981. In 1982, he first proposed, then led the fight for, including an African American soldier in the memorial statue that now graces the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. In 1984, he was appointed the inaugural Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. In 1987, he became the first Naval Academy graduate in history to serve in the military and then become Secretary of the Navy.


When Webb leaves the senate to become VP under Obama, the Democratic governor of Virginia will be able to replace him with a Democrat.

Wesley Clark is another viable candidate, but I just don't see him as likely as Webb, since he was a strong Hillary backer and would probably not help to bring in any state.

 

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Webb is an interesting and confusing man for sure.... by Deborah Emin on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 9:21:45 AM
I'm with you in my heart, but practically, the... by Rob Kall on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:46:29 AM
Webb is exactly what Barack needs to balance the t... by Jay Farrington on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 9:45:57 AM
I agree that this is what the conventional wisdom ... by Deborah Emin on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 9:59:29 AM
Webb is also my choice for VP. He's sensible, ... by JC Garrett on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:09:26 AM
I still have not heard one person discuss the conc... by Deborah Emin on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:19:28 AM
I agree that our culture has become too militarist... by JC Garrett on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:43:28 AM
I've heard Webb has too many anti-woman things... by Sandy Sand on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:33:13 AM
If Obama needs a VEEP with military, Clark is bett... by SteveGinIL on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:13:48 PM
IF YOU SAW WEBB INTERVIED A FEW WEEKS AGO ON '... by James Cordray on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:43:28 AM
You may be right, Jim Webb would be a good choice ... by Lord Stirling on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:47:42 AM
Not exactly a warrior, but I agree, she'd be e... by Rob Kall on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 12:33:18 PM
I don't know much about her, but from the litt... by Edwin Rutsch on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 4:53:50 PM
I did a video search and there's not much out ... by Edwin Rutsch on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 8:11:02 PM
WEBB WILL GO AGAINST   THE GRAIN OF THE BIG C... by RICH SHA on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:01:35 PM
Rich,There has NEVER in the history of our modern ... by JC Garrett on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 2:36:19 PM
WHERE DO YOU THINK RON PAUL GETS HIS MONEY FROM TH... by RICH SHA on Saturday, Jun 21, 2008 at 1:48:04 AM
 BECAUSE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE PICKED HIM, OR D... by RICH SHA on Saturday, Jun 21, 2008 at 1:57:34 AM
Ron Paul has some very good ideas. I respect him. ... by JC Garrett on Sunday, Jun 29, 2008 at 8:32:11 AM
Why does everyone want to steal Democratic Senator... by SteveGinIL on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 1:02:58 PM
Webb is for whatever the controlling power is... by Gallaher on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 2:08:32 PM
Say that to his face, on camera, and send me the t... by JC Garrett on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 2:40:01 PM
Yea, he might even show me his Marine bull dog tat... by Gallaher on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 5:09:17 PM
First, I would be happy with Wes Clark. Champione... by Margaret Bassett on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 4:59:50 PM
What a principled, strong, progressive woman. I... by Rob Kall on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:48:38 PM
Forget military experience and consider progressiv... by Deborah Emin on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 5:41:49 PM
The dude is a crypto-Republican and certainly will... by pft on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 7:45:50 PM
I think there's a very good chance Obama will ... by Bill Samuel on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 7:52:33 PM
Rob,Your article is all about militarism and that ... by Marta Steele on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 9:00:17 PM
If the idiots in the White House directly, or thro... by Rob Kall on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 10:52:10 PM
I agree, Rob. Obama should not telegraph or &ldquo... by Frank J. Ranelli on Friday, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:20:46 PM
It's pretty much a foregone conclusion that th... by Skeeter Sanders on Saturday, Jun 21, 2008 at 7:02:39 AM
First, Webb has far too many talents and abilities... by Ivan Hentschel on Saturday, Jun 21, 2008 at 11:44:50 AM
 MIGHT THIS BE A LITTLE SELF- ASSUMED SUPERIO... by RICH SHA on Thursday, Jun 26, 2008 at 7:20:52 AM
I love watching the weekly poll results at http://... by Bill Dollar on Sunday, Jun 22, 2008 at 10:02:02 AM