Webb Splits With Obama Over Drilling

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Maybe yet another reason why Obama would want to pick Webb? I’ll explain why after the excerpt.

From The Hill:

Webb wants his home state to have the right to explore for energy off Virginia’s coast. His staff insists his proposal pertains only to natural gas, and not oil, and that it is completely in line with the state’s other two leading Democrats — Gov. Tim Kaine and former Gov. Mark Warner, who is running for Senate.

Yet by attaching his name to the bill, sponsored by Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), Webb is taking a step away from Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the party’s presidential candidate, who opposes offshore drilling, and one closer to Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the GOP standard-bearer who recently called for lifting the federal ban.

Webb’s divergence from his party also comes as his name is being mentioned on Obama’s short list for a running mate.

So then…why would this prompt Obama to pick Webb? Well, complete ideological purity is not what Obama is preaching, so this would be in line with the “unity” theme, right? After all, he shouldn’t have to agree with Webb on everything, just some of the more important initiatives like Iraq, Iran, health care and taxation. And, to the best of my knowledge, they line up on those key issues.

What do you think? Does this help or hurt Webb’s chances?