Smell the irony:
"Senator Jim Webb, touted by many as a vice presidential candidate who would help shore up Barack Obama with Southerners and those uncomfortable with his lack of national security experience, has an “affinity” for the Confederacy..."
I agree with Joyner's ideological point here, which to me would allow the coupling of Obama and Webb:
"In a complex world, one can simultaneously admire Robert E. Lee’s character, J.E.B. Stuart’s generalship, and the courage of those who charged up Little Round Top while damning the institution of slavery."
Plus it would make a great narrative to boot.