That is how Andrew Ferguson describes Virginia Sen. James Webb in this Bloomberg peice. Among other interesting prose, he argues that Webb is the most conservative Democrat to come to Washington since Grover Cleveland.
So watch Webb. We will know soon enough whether this rare bird will be admired for his uncommon gifts and exotic plumage, or whether he will quickly go the way of the dodo.
It will be interesting. If the Democrats wish to perserve thei majority, they need more candidates like Webb. This article also helps expose why Allen lost this race. Instead of drilling Webb on these contadictory positions, he tried to constantly "out-maccaca" him, attempting to find one or two paragraphs that could bring him down. Allen should have run ads talking about Webb absolutist gun-rights stances in Northern Virignia, about his disdain for free trade, and his harsh words for the Clintons (ESPECIALLY when Webb had HIllary and Bill in for fundraisers). The theme could have bee "what won't he do to win," and its something us GOPers where trying to get across on the blogosphere, but it gained no traction becasue Allen didn't try to use it. Reading this article almost makes me want to cry at all the missed oppurtunities to go after Webb on issues other than taxes and what he wrote. Free trade and his selling out to the Clintons really stand out.
Either way, Webb wove a masterful campaign to hush that stuff up. Now it will be interesting if his ideas are embraced, or if he is so all over the map he will become unrealiable to Democrats, shunned by Republicans and grow irrelevant. Webb has a HUGE ego and he hates to not be listened too, but he'll have to share a chamber with 99 other people with just as big of egos. Whether he can handle that or not will determine if he's a one-term wonder or if his brand of politics will endure.