Getting to Know Jim Webb

The surprising Virginia Senator is a potent example of the Democrats' new style and thinking

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Jim Webb

I know what you're thinking: Klein is going to speculate about, or endorse, the increasingly popular idea that Virginia Senator Jim Webb should be Barack Obama's running mate. Sorry, but no. That sort of speculation is usually a waste of time. It is what political reporters do instead of reporting during the dead weeks after the primaries. Anyway, there is more important Webb-related business to be transacted now. He has written a book, A Time to Fight, that may be the best evocation of the 21st century Democratic Party's emerging style and philosophy. In the process, the Senator bids...