ANN ALTHOUSE LOOKS AT JAMES WEBB’S VIEWS and asks: “So why is Webb running as a Democrat? Can you imagine how the Democrats would rake him over the coals for saying these things if he’d happened to run as a Republican?” Maybe that’s why. It’s interesting, though, that he’s gotten so much support from the Netroots crowd. Back when the race was new I was surprised to discover that they were backing him, precisely because his views seemed so different from theirs.

UPDATE: Related thoughts on mental flexibility here.