Thinking back on 2006

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    Remembering back in 2006 when we drafted Jim Webb to run and then beat George Allen… Memories and life-long friends… Lowell Feld, Ingrid Morroy, Kate Wilder, Wasim Entabi, Mary Lee Cerillo, Mary Louise Detweiler, Laura Austin Sonnenmark, Kenton Ngo, John Bruhns, Benjamin Tribbett, Doug Reimel, Josh Chernila, Kenneth Bernstein, Antonia Scatton, and many more.

    That was an awesome 9 months… starting as an underdog just for the privilege to be beat by George Allen and in the end taking the son of a gun down!

    Some of my favorite memories:

    1) Falls Church Memorial Day Parade (150 Webb folks)

    2) Arlington Community Day Parade (75 Webb folks)

    3) The Rally the Day Before the Primary with John Kerry

    4) Election night when Lowell Feld was in a nervous frenzy at home… until Fairfax absentees reported!

    What a ride!

    By the way… we supported Jim in 2006 because he wasn’t a career politician and had a broad range of experience, so it shouldn’t be a surprise he’d retire after one term.

    • Jim Webb Dem

      The election of Jim Webb to the U.S. Senate was very special and was a harbinger of things to come …. like electing Barrack Obama as President … and more recently the rise of the Tea Party.

      The electorate was and remains restless & demanding of change. I only hope that the choices in candidates that people are given are GOOD ones regardless of party.

      There is great affinity here at Blue Virginia for a draft Tom Perriello effort. I think that effort could capture the good will of the people noted above … to once again make history. I for one greatly admire Tom Perriello and consider him a real talent.

      However … if one where to think outside of the box …. I would start a dialogue with Mr. John Grisham. He once made noises about running for office.

      If the Democratic Party of Virginia would embrace Jim Webb’s initiative on Judicial Reform as a major plank (a policy plank that the national Democratic Party should embrace) …. then Grisham could really make sense as an accomplished citizen / writer about the legal system – championing a core Democratic Party cause in a run for the Senate seat.

      Perhaps Blue Virginia should be making a few more calls in investigation of  the best potential candidates interested in bringing about substantive CHANGE.