“We didn’t vote for him,” write the editors of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine, but “would still like to congratulate James Webb on his victory in the Virginia Senate election.”
By winning, they explain, the Democrat who defeated Republican Sen. George Allen “becomes the first-ever Weekly Standard contributor to leave private life for national political office. In fact we were more than a little amused when the National Republican Senatorial Committee ran television advertisements attacking Webb for statements he made in an essay ‘The War on the Military Culture’ from our Jan. 20, 1997 issue.”
The essay highlighted the problems posed by the assimilation of women into the military, and on that front, at least, the editors and Mr. Webb, a former Navy secretary and Republican-turned-Democrat, remain in agreement. bumped into in the lobby of the Four Seasons Georgetown, where he stayed while in Washington. The broadcaster said it was difficult to gauge who was more horrified by the chance encounter, him or the nation’s top Democrat.
In fact, the rare live appearance on Nov. 16 was bittersweet for Mr. Limbaugh, who earlier had endorsed the outspoken Rep. John P. Murtha of Pennsylvania to be Mrs. Pelosi’s No. 2 man on Capitol Hill. Instead, the leadership position went to Rep. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland.
“They don’t want him in the leadership. We do,” Mr. Limbaugh told his radio listeners. “We want him there, folks, we want him in the Democrat leadership because we want the Democrats to be who they are.” ington lawyer and former solicitor general Theodore B. “Ted” Olson, who represented then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush before the Supreme Court in his bid to become commander in chief during the hotly contested 2000 presidential election.
Editors of the Weekly Standard, though no supporters of Democrat James H. Webb Jr., congratulated their former contributor on his Nov. 7 victory.