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Washington Post endorses Jim Webb for Senate

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The Post is the "home-town" newspaper for much of vote-rich Northern Virgnia. Today's editorial gives added credibility to Webb's campaign:

THE U.S. SENATE race in Virginia pits a novice politician, Democrat James Webb , against a much more experienced one, incumbent Republican George Allen, who spent much of the early fall obliterating his reputation for amiable charm and political deftness. As Mr. Allen has partially admitted, his wounds in the close race have been mostly self-inflicted and have left a sour taste in the mouths of many Virginians. Still, there is an even better reason to vote against Mr. Allen: Quite simply, he is a mediocre senator whose six years of undistinguished service do not justify rehiring.

His opponent -- former Navy secretary, former assistant defense secretary, former Marine Corps officer and former Republican -- is admirably independent-minded. He was prescient in warning, back in 2002, that the war in Iraq risked stranding the United States in a long-term occupation without an exit strategy. An intelligent man with a record of integrity, he has resisted the packaging of political consultants, which can only be a good thing. Those assets, as well as his deep familiarity with military and national security affairs, offer the promise that he would make an able, if unorthodox, U.S. senator. And the fact that his youngest son is deployed as a marine in Iraq gives him a perspective that is rare in today's Congress.
The Post has another article about how Webb (who "was critically wounded as a Marine in Vietnam") doesn't want to exploit his military service for political gain. That's interesting, because Allen, who doesn't have any military experience, pretends he's a tough guy. Allen is a racist pseudo-cowboy from Southern California who has hoodwinked Virginians for years.

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