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Sen. James Webb (D–Va.) has decided not to run for reelection in 2012. So what does the Democratic grass roots in Virginia think of this? Here’s Virginia email pal #1:

Crap. I know he wasn’t the greatest advocate for progressive causes, but Webb was still a D. Now, he will relinquish his seat to the guy he beat 6 years ago, George Allen. No Democrat can beat Allen in 2012 unless he self-immolates again. I cannot begin to tell you how much of a Republican throwback Allen truly is.

That’s not very encouraging. Maybe Virginia email pal #2 will be a little more optimistic:

This really pisses me off. He could have kicked Allen’s ass. He has let a lot of people down and has probably handed another Senate seat to the Republicans. What a selfish prick.

OK then! Looks like Webb has a wee bit of fence mending to do.

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