WEBB: "UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL I BE A CANDIDATE FOR VICE PRESIDENT."

So I suppose all the commentary about the possibility that Barack Obama would pick Jim Webb as his running-mate was much ado about nothing. Today Webb released a pretty Shermanesque statement denying any interest in the spot. He states,

"Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President."

I suppose this means Webb listened to Ezra, who argued on the main site in May that Webb was too good for the vice presidency. However, Obama could still tap Webb as the keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention, as Spencer Ackerman suggested on TAP Online in February. In any event, this is a surprising development since, as Ezra argued in his piece, Webb certainly seemed to be angling for the nomination.

--Dylan Matthews