No one knew what would happen in a Webb vs. Allen race, but many proclaimed they did. Pundits sneered at Webb’s chances after he won a Democratic primary in June. Webb pressed on, steering deftly through colorful events on the campaign trail that were as unprecedented as it gets.
Then, credit for Webb’s somewhat shocking November win over Allen was promptly claimed by many, near and far. Some of those who rushed to pat themselves on their backs seemed to almost overlook the role of the candidate, himself.
At this desk I see only one standout as deserving of SLANT’s semi-coveted award for political chutzpah -- Jim Webb, the difference-maker who stuck his neck out, and found a way to win. Thus, from the for-what-it’s-worth department, SLANT’s 2006 Chutzpah of the Year Award goes to Jim Webb.