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Senator Obama: Jim Webb Would Help Your Ticket

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Supposed I am in the “Vice Presidential Search Committee” of Democratic Candidate Barack Obama.  I’d immediately start researching and evaluating Virginia Senator James Webb.

Senator Webb has a lot of attributes Senator Obama lacks and needs.

He is also an author and a former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan; Defense Department experience in a Republican Administration.  A huge upcheck that Obama could use.

Jim Webb was a “ground pounder” Marine Officer in Vietnam.  This doesn’t completely neutralize John McCain’s “War Hero” status and doesn’t match McCain as a once-tortured Prisoner of War.  But some will say, McCain flew OVER the jungles of Vietnam.  Jim Webb was leading Marines in ground combat IN THE JUNGLES of Vietnam.

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Mr. Obama is from a northern, mid-western state.  Mr. Webb is from a southern, eastern state.

Mr. Obama is from the land of Lincoln.  Mr. Webb is from George Washington’s and Robert E. Lee’s home state.

Jim Webb believes in the right to carry a loaded weapon.  His staff even famously got into trouble for having Jim Webb’s revolver on Capitol Hill; a violation of Senate Rules and Capitol Police rules.  But this “trouble” might be an asset to members of the National Rifle Association.

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Jim Webb had a now famous brief, yet hostile, exchange of words with President George W. Bush concerning the war in Iraq.  Every Democrat wishes he or she could say that.

Jim Webb chews tobacco; or at least did at one time.  This, along with his tendency to pack heat, will appeal to those Mr. Obama accused of “clinging” to their guns and religion.

Mr. Webb “clings” to his gun for self protection — just like a bunch of our American voters.

Mr. Obama has been accused of being an elitist.

Jim Webb would never pass the test for an elitist.  He might spit tobacco juice on it.

And Jim Webb wears not Nikes on his day off.  He wears COWBOY BOOTS.  And jeans.

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Think Obama has any of THOSE?

Jim Webb has “stature.”  Same call this “veritas.”  Jim Webb is thoughtful, an author, a real man of ground combat and the outdoors.  Men from Texas might call Jim Webb a “Straight Shooter.”  Men from Texas wouldn’t trust Barack Obama with a loaded weapon.

And oh by the way.  Senator Webb’s wife is an accomplished lawyer from a Vietnamese family.

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