Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Expecting the Webb Retirement

As we discussed in class, many times news organizations are expecting a story to break and write most of the story before it actually happens, so that when it does happen they can just fill in the details and publish fast. The media clearly was anticipating Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb's retirement announcement this morning; both Politico and the Fix were out with detailed stories about his retirement and what may happen very quickly.

Additionally, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) was anticipating the announcement and is already attacking the Democrats' strongest replacement candidate:

“Senator Webb’s decision not to seek reelection makes Virginia an even stronger pickup opportunity for Republicans in 2012. While there is no doubt Republicans will field a strong leader as our nominee, Democrats will have great difficulty finding an electable candidate for this open seat as Virginians continue to reject their agenda of higher taxes and reckless spending. We can only hope that Democrats succeed in recruiting President Obama’s number one cheerleader in Washington – Tim Kaine.”

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