I don’t want to say “see, I told you so” . . .
Virginia Senator Jim Webb plans to announce today that he won’t seek reelection, a senior Senate source said.
. . . but see, I did tell you so:
“Call me crazy, but I think Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s not going to run for reelection next year.”
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UPDATE: A confident but less accurate prediction from the man most Virginia Democrats expect will run for this seat: “My full expectation is that I’m going to be supporting a great Virginia Democrat and I believe that Virginia Democrat will be Jim Webb for the Senate seat,” DNC chair Tim Kaine said.
In that interview, Kaine said he wouldn’t run if Webb retired, but . . . that decision may change now that the possibility of an open seat is a reality.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The Republican party of Virginia is preparing for a Kaine bid. From RPV Chairman Pat Mullins:
With Senator Webb’s announcement today that he will retire rather than face Virginia voters and have to defend his record, the Democrats efforts to cling to a thin majority in the U.S. Senate took a big hit.
This couldn’t be worse news for the Democrats. Now, instead of facing the most hotly contested Senate race in the country with the advantages of incumbency, they must deal with a nomination contest and then face a Republican candidate in the fall in a state that has overwhelming rejected nearly every Democrat since President Obama was sworn into office. Senator Webb’s announcement makes their slim majority in the U.S. Senate look all the more precarious.
I expect that in the days ahead we will learn that our former part-time Governor and full-time partisan-in-chief DNC Chairman Tim Kaine will announce his intention to run and we look forward to reminding Virginians of his legacy of broken promises, higher taxes, and unbridled support of President Obama’s agenda.
Meanwhile, here’s George Allen’s response to the news:
I respect Senator Webb’s service to our country and the very personal decision that he and his family have made. I did not enter into this race to run against any one person, but to fight for the families of Virginia to improve their opportunities in life. My campaign will continue to focus on achievable reforms that will help reinvigorate our economy, end reckless, runaway spending, and unleash our plentiful energy resources.