METHOD TO THE MADNESS … Greg Sargent at TPM Cafe calls out George Will for using the delete key in dubious fashion in a column on Jim Webb’s uncomfortable exchange with the president. Webb’s behavior raised eyebrows, but not for the reasons Will depicts.

One other point: On the campaign trail, Webb rarely talked about his son. He wore his son’s boots as a personal reminder, but otherwise deliberately did not talk about him. Towards the end of the campaign, Virginia’s Democratic governor Tim Kaine would bring it up for him, aides say. It might seem odd not to exploit the fact of having a son in Iraq on the campaign trail, but that’s Jim Webb.

When Bush asked him about his boy, Webb would not take it, in Will’s words, as ” a civil and caring question, as one parent to another,” for obvious reasons, and for some more particular to Jim Webb.

Christina Larson

Christina Larson is a Washington Monthly contributing editor and an award-winning science and environment journalist who has reported from five continents.