I was surprised by Sen. Webb's announcement that he was not seeking re-election for two very different reasons. First, I was surprised because I am sure that Webb knows there is a real chance that he will not be succeeded by a Democrat. Second, I was surprised, because Webb did what so many politicians claim to support, until they actually get elected: serving one term of office.
I think it would be amazing if a good solid independent candidate emerged in this race. Mind you, I have no real faith that anything like that will happen, but it is nice to dream on occasion. I am guessing that the scenario will play out that Virginia's "macaca (though I don't really know what that means) loving" former U.S. Senator will go right back to Washington and do as much as he did when he was Senator before: occupy space.