"...Webb defeated lobbyist and longtime Democratic Party activist Harris Miller after a bruising primary in which voters decided between a traditional and unabashed liberal (Miller) and a former Republican (Webb) whose populist campaign was aimed at so-called Reagan Democrats — namely, rural, white moderates."
- Harris Miller had the money, the TV ads, the slick organization. Yet, he was such a weak candidate it didn’t matter.
- Jim Webb had a poorly run campaign and his fundraising apparatus was a joke. Still, his persona as a straight-shooting author/military expert, a blue-collar Reagan Democrat come home, carried the day.
- The war in Iraq is an issue in Virginia and Webb's stance sharpens that issue. That may be bad news to George Allen
- The Netroots phenomenon is a significant development. It has a ways to go before it’s ready to sway an important general election. Nonetheless, it will claim Webb’s victory as its own, and it surely deserves some part of it. I don't know how much.
- The kahuna of the Netroots movement, Kos, has his own style, and it’s been effective in building a following. Thus, his disciples should think -- we must copycat his style as best we can, to magnify the effect. Or, perhaps they should think -- we should also develop our own style, to be as authentic.