Allen to concede defeat to Webb

One of the most improbable series of events in recent Virginia political history will come to its once unimaginable conclusion at 3pm when would-be presidential contender and Senator George Allen will concede defeat to his Democratic opponent, Senator-Elect Jim Webb at a press conference in Alexandria.

This comes after an Election Night when the two candidates were neck-and-neck as returns came in, and most Virginians went to bed not knowing who had won. But after the votes were counted, it soon it looked like Webb's 7,000+ vote lead was more than could be surmounted in a possible recount. That became especially clear after yesterday's statewide canvass revealed no major errors in the tabulation of the vote.

Senator-Elect Webb is scheduled to make a statement of his own from his Northern Virginia headquarters in Arlington at 4:15pm.



Good riddance, George. Don't let the door smack you in the behind on the way out.

I gotta tip my hat to Allen for walking away with dignity. He could have dragged this out, but didn't. He has to know his political career is all but over now, and to bow out gracefully, frankly, wasn't something I saw coming.

Make no mistake - I'm THRILLED he lost. Still, there's something to be said for being a graceful loser...and at least as much to be said for being a graceful winner. When you have won, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by wishing the vanquished well.

I don't find anything about George dignified or graceful.