Big news from Mike Shear at the Washington Post: James Webb is in. He’s running against Sen. George Allen in this year’s election.
I haven’t met Webb or the other Democratic candidate, Harris Miller. I know them only from their resumes, their writings, and word-of-mouth. (Miller spoke briefly at an inaugural breakfast that I attended, but time was short and he said little, so I didn’t glean much from it.) Based only on that limited information, I’m mightily impressed with James Webb, and suspect that he could run a much stronger campaign against George Allen than Harris Miller could. He’s got an amazing resume, he’s got great name recognition, and the combination of Webb and Sen. John Warner is just the kind of representation that Hampton Roads needs.
I’m most excited about this because I think that competition is healthy, and I wouldn’t want Miller to be handed the nomination by default any more than I’d want that for Webb.
The credit for Webb’s decision goes largely to the kids at Draft James Webb and Raising Kaine. They got the word out about Webb, getting 1,000 names of people willing to offer money or volunteer hours, which must have made Webb’s decision easier.
I look forward to meeting the candidates, seeing how they campaign, and refining my sense of who is more likely to be able to defeat Sen. George Allen.
The Virginia blogosphere just got a whole lot more exciting.