The Good and Bad Jim Webb

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The only one on the Senate Armed Services Committee this morning who says the defense budget should be on the table for President Obama’s spending freeze is a former Navy secretary — Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.). Saying that there’s no reason military spending should be “sacrosanct,” Webb urged Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen to “take a hard look at programs that don’t produce a clear bottom line.”
Centrist Democratic senators have turned on President Obama, forming an alliance with conservative Republicans to remake climate change legislation into a Christmas tree for energy company lobbyists. The bill is so anti-climate that Republican Lindsey Graham called it a half-assed bill.

"If the approach is to try to pass some half-assed energy bill and say that's moving the ball down the road, forget it with me."

Democrats Jim Webb, Mary Landrieu, Evan Bayh, Ben Nelson, Kent Conrad, Byron Dorgan, Mark Pryor, and Blanche Lincoln have built an alliance, the dirty dozen, with Republicans Lisa Murkowski, Sam Brownback, Bob Corker, and Jeff Sessions, to remove carbon caps and to give away huge sudsidies to the coal, nuclear, oil and gas industries.
Pretty much, anytime I see names like "Landrieu," "Lincoln," "Nelson" and "Bayh" associated with anything, I know it's going to be bad. But Jim Webb? Say it ain't so, you're supposed to be one of the good guys!