Monday, July 9, 2007

Senator (Webb) charts the new terrain

From the Virginian Pilot via Roanoke
By Dale Eisman

WASHINGTON -- The combat boots he made famous in last year's long march to the Senate are a museum piece now, enshrined in a glass-fronted case in his reception room on Capitol Hill.

These days, Sen. Jim Webb dresses and talks more like a peacemaker than a battle-tested Marine. Six months into his term, the Virginia Democrat whose campaign slogan was "Born Fighting" is learning the ways of the Senate and taking care to get along with his colleagues.

"We have 100 scorpions locked in a jar, and we have to keep working with each other," he joked recently. "It doesn't pay to not be cordial."

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