Freak of the Week
My inaugural ‘Freak of the Week’ award proudly goes to Senator Jim Webb of Virginia.
The newly-elected Senator had the awesome responsibility of delivering the Democratic rebuttal to President Bush’s ‘State of the Union’ speech.
It was refreshing to see a duly elected official speak up against the ever-frustrating White House establishment. What gave Mr. Webb’s speech its added weight was the fact he was in the Reagan administration. Added to that is his son’s status as a Marine currently serving in Iraq. Who is better qualified to ‘call out’ this President and his administration for its gross mishandling of the Iraq War?
What makes this story even better is a rumour I was told (one I choose to believe) that depicts Sen. Webb tearing up a speech Democratic leaders had originally prepared for him. Keep in mind Mr. Webb has authored eight books, which may have played a bigger part in his decision than some ideological disagreement with his party.
Regardless of the reasons why he may have destroyed the other speech, the image of Senator Webb doing so is very powerful. It only reinforces the idea that a new day may be dawning in Washington, DC.
Give ’em hell, Jim!