Dems will use Webb to ensnare Bush

webb.jpgHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., say freshman U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., will deliver the official Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address on January 23.

“In a call echoed by Americans across this nation, the people of Virginia sent Senator Webb to Congress to help take our country in a new direction,” Pelosi and Reid say in a news release. “As a combat veteran, he understands personally how crucial it is to find a new direction in Iraq and begin to bring the war to a close. Senator Webb represents the sweeping demand for leaders who will put aside gridlock in Washington to deliver change at home and abroad.”

For those just joining us, Webb is a Marine Corps Vietnam vet and Reagan-era Secretary of the Navy whose son is currently serving in Iraq; his upset victory last November over Republican incumbent George Allen helped give the Democrats their razor-thin Senate majority. Listen and watch for some fireworks in this speech.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Reid Pelosi and Murtha all should be held accountable for aiding and abetting the enemy they have said some of the most outrageous things! They have helped the terrorist with every word they have uttered about the war in Iraq! How could they even have the nerve to say that they are patriots and still look at the citizens of this country who know that they are not!
    Now the congress and senate both have some of the lowest approval ratings in history even lower than the president! We need to let it be know through out the capital that this will not be tolerated and their will be serious action taken when senators and congress men make statements that put our citizens and troops in jeopardy by saying things like the war is lost (Reid) our troops are rapist and murderers (Murtha) going to Syria without approval(Pelosi)! We are at war and all of these representatives voted for it and now they are showing signs of weakness and stupidity by playing politics with this war our troops and we the people!
    Now these same Americans are holding up the vote on the wire tapping bill that allows the tapping of suspected terrorist groups communications that have stopped terror plots before they are able to implement them!
    Please write to these people and let them know that we need this bill to pass for the good of the country and to protect the people that they claim to represent!