A reader of The Corner emails Jonah Goldberg about Webb’s victory rally:
They had to run that clip because the much of the rest of his speech was an absolute riot.
He started off by mentioning that “tomorrow is an extremely important day for America,” and the crowd went wild, thinking he was talking about taking power. But of course, he launched into his praise of the Marine Corps, and the crowd cheered a little less loudly. Then he thanked all the brave veterans and brave men still fighting, and the crowd cheered a little less loudly again.
Then he mentioned that he received a call from Sen. Allen, and the crowd went nuts again. Then he mentioned how pleasant and dignified Allen was, and the crowd grew quiet. Then he said he was having lunch next week with Allen — and the crowd was dead silent. Finally he told the audience that they should all thank Sen./Gov. Allen for his many years of dedicated service to the people of Virginia — and you could almost hear the people gathered looking at each other asking, “What the $#@! did we just do?”
It was priceless.
This is the clip the reader was talking about.
Added: The reality is that the Democrats had to recruit moderate to conservative Democrats in order to get the red state voters to vote for them. For example, JD Hayworth lost because his Democrat opponent mimicked virtually every one of Hayworth’s positions and was more anti-illegal immigration than even Rep. Hayworth was. Many, but not all, Democrat candidates had to become much more conservative in their views, which Craig Charney writes in the NY Post:
A look at Democrats who picked off Republicans shows how different they are. They include…social moderates (Pennsylvania Sen.-elect Bob Casey Jr.; ex-NFL quarterback Heath Shuler in a North Carolina House seat) and ex-soldiers (Adm. Joe Sestak for a Pennsylvania House seat; Reagan Navy Secretary James Webb for the Senate from Virginia).
And these are just a few of the new Democrats who will be part of the majority in both houses next year. So the strategy that got them into office will put many of these new senators and congressmen and women into awkward positions. Do they vote the way they told their voters they would and invoke the ire of the lefty Democrat moonbat base or do they vote the way the lefty Democrat moonbat base expects them to and really tick off their voters who put them into office? After all, the red state voters’ political inclinations haven’t really changed, and they didn’t put the Democrats into power because of a sudden love for the lefty political viewpoints. They voted them into office because they were not Republicans and that’s who the red state voters wanted to punish.
Something tells me the moonbat base will not be too pleased as these newly elected Dems will want to keep their positions. And Kos is still in a foul mood and prepared to throw other dedicated Democrats in front of the train: he’s already set to declare war against James Carville because he dared to criticize Howard Dean.
Lorie adds: Be sure to also catch Mark Coffey’s hilarious post on the Kos-Carville war.