Shad Planking – Is Jim Webb Serious? Was Harris Miller There?
I have now read too many articles and posts about Shad Planking. I have noticed some differences in what is being said on the lefty blogs compared to what is being said on the right. Has anyone noticed a lack of pictures of Webb and Miller at this event? I sure have. Did anyone read about Webb drinking beer as he half heartedly tried to work the crowd? In fact Jim Webb's most profound statement at this event was "It's all about the beer, It's only incidentally political." Damn, that is a well thought out statement there Jim. Shad Planking gets national coverage now and it is all about politics. Sen Allen knows that
" He's attended the Shad Planking for 25 years, beginning as a state delegate. A reporter asked if President Bush's unpopularity will hurt his campaign, as fans in blue shirts pressed in on all sides. Virginians want "leaders that are active," he replied. "They've always called it winning the Shad Planking. Looks like we won.... These folks know me.... camaraderie, there's a comfort." (Link)
That link will take you to The American Spectator article. It is a great read, the best one in my opinion. You will read about a Marine named Sgt. Howard Cook who presented Sen Allen with the flag that was flown over his base in Iraq. You will also read about the mother of L.Cpl. Jason Redifer, who was killed in Iraq, presenting Sen Allen her sons dog tags. Powerful stuff. I could not find anything written about the military supporting or presenting anything to Miller or Webb. It could be that neither one has done anything to support the men and women serving there. To Webb Vietnam was right and Iraq is wrong. Go figure that out. This was Sen Allen's day. From all accounts he owned Shad Planking. I posted yesterday that Old Zach said the Webb team was smelly peaceniks who looked out of place. The left has argued that but the American Spectator has this
Jim Webb's entourage of about 30 people (a motley crew including long-haired young men and a screaming flower power girl -- not looking like they were "from 'round these parts") passes by. Webb's in the group somewhere, but he goes unnoticed. The mob is focused on Allen.
With the constant meetings in bars and Webb's wonderful "beer" statement, it makes you wonder if he is serious about getting elected. Not taking any public political event serious during a campaign shows either no desire to get elected or ignorance. That might be why the lefty blogs are as quiet about this event as they are about the latest poll. You can see some great pictures of the event at George Allen dot com. You wont find pics on Webb's or Miller's site. Miller does not care and to Webb it is all about the beer. They both say they are looking for Sen Allen, well they found him owning Shad Planking and up by 20 in the polls.