Lots of attention to Jim Webb's staffer having gotten arrested for bringing his gun into the Capitol. Much less attention to the news that Jim Webb will apparently be opposing a date certain for an exit from Iraq.
I may be mistaken, but as far as I am aware, this is the first time that Webb has stated his position on such a proposal. Well - not the first time of course, but I believe it is the first time he's stated the position since the Senate Democratic leadership flip-flopped and made it their preferred solution - after having previously rejected it. As I've suggested, it'll be a help to Harry Reid if some in his caucus come out in opposition to a date certain proposal promptly, so he can finish the charade and move on to a clean Iraq bill.
By the way, here are some other recent statements from Democratic Senators in opposition to a date certain for withdrawal. It will be interesting to see if they stand their ground:
- Senator Evan Bayh, in CQ Weekly on March 12th … of 2007: “I, for example, am not in support of circling a date on a calendar and saying, ‘no matter what, we're out on that date.’”
- Senator Kent Conrad, in June of 2006: “I do not believe that it is a wise policy to set a specific date for a withdrawal from Iraq.”
- Senator Ben Nelson, in February of 2007: "I've been advocating conditions for staying as opposed to dates for withdrawal or troop - mandated troop, troop - reductions or other programs of that kind." (Sen. Nelson, ABC News Now Special Report, 02/01/07)