Stan­dard role

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“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.

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