Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) -- statesman
On to Plan C - Ben Smith - POLITICO.com: "In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."
Once upon a time, there was something called a "statesman," and that was a rank or two above "politician." The mark of the statesman was saying things like this--and meaning them, which he does. It means putting the interests of your country above short-term gain for your party. Senator Webb stands for something, and I think the Senate would be a better place with a few more like him.