Douthat: “An Obama-Webb ticket wouldn’t send just a message that people who share the same ethno-cultural identity as Jim Webb can have a home in the Democratic Party, the way Kerry and Edwards were supposed to show that veterans and Southerners could too be Democrats; it would send a message that people with Webb’s views can have a home in the party. It would lend substance to Obama’s thus-far insubstantial claim to be something other than a party-line liberal. . .”
But since joining the Senate, on what issue has Webb himself been “something other than a party-line liberal”? Has he even said anything that marks him as a different kind of Democrat? What heterodox “views” does Webb hold today?