Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) — who has been incarcerated in the upper house of the bicameral U.S. legislative branch of federal government since becoming ensnared in an election by the people of Virginia only six years ago — appears to have spied a small hole in Capitol Hill's security system and has decided to make a run for his life…
Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, has decided not to run for re-election, avoiding a blockbuster rematch with the man he beat in 2006, George Allen, and giving Senate Republicans another opportunity to help them reclaim the majority.
In a statement, Mr. Webb said that he had "decided to return to the private sector, where I have spent most of my professional life, and will not seek re-election in 2012."
The announcement will be a huge disappointment to Democrats and a blow to President Obama and Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, who had urged the freshman senator to run again.
I can understand why Obama and Kaine would be sad to lose such young, fresh meat, but I'm all in favor of people escaping from oppressive and soul-crushing institutions while they still have some of their humanity.
Just look at Joe Lieberman. He was almost the Vice-President of the United States at one point, and take note of what a few more terms in the Senate did to him. Sure, he's getting out now, but the damage has been done. Do you really think he's going to make it in the outside world? Not a chance. He's completely institutionalized.
Or look at John McCain. No, on second thought, don't look at John McCain. What happened to him, it's too disturbing.
Tags: George Allen, Jim Webb, Joe Lieberman, John McCain, Senate, Tim Kaine, Virginia