Week four of the Democratic Revolution. Any progress so far?
But we do have a freshman senator acting rudely to the president at a White House reception for incoming Congressmen.
Virginia's James Webb first ducked the reception line in an attempt to avoid President Bush.
The President later sought Webb out personally to inquire about his son, a Marine serving in Iraq. Webb, a frequent critic of the war, rebuffed him, saying "I'd like to get them out of Iraq."
The president persisted, somewhat testily, saying "That's not what I asked you -- how's you boy"?
Webb replied, "That's between me and my boy."
Is this the spirit of bipartisanship that the Democratic leadership pledged after the election? I don't think so.
Webb doesn't like the president and his policies? Fine. Doesn't want to speak with him? Okay.
But who goes to a White House reception hosted by the president and then deliberatly tries to avoid the host?
Someone trying to provoke just that kind of encounter.
Bad manners at least. Scheming and hypocrisy at worst.
During the election, I actually thought Webb might be an improvement over incumbent Republican George Allen. I'm beginning to rethink that.
But still no progress on the ambitious Democractic agenda for America.