Yet Another Mr. Wrong
Jim Webb might as well sober up, wear a spiffy suit and run for The White House. Jim Webb gives a good speech. He has a certain Cracker Soul that can resonate with the voters if they find themselves totally bored with his opposition. He’s what Joe Biden could be Mr. Biden were to gain 15 more IQ points and take some Kaopectate for his verbal diarrhea. What Webb offers is a certain charisma and gravitas that Hillary Clinton or Martin O’Malley would have to fake via $50 Million in image expenditures and lapdog media photo ops.
Thus he gives the current Democratic Party something two things that it badly needs: 1) a clue. 2) A pulse. His shtick and perhaps his raison d’etre comes from the fact that he and Vice President Biden are the last remaining Democrats who can venture out past the Beltway or the rich, coastal enclaves and find actual, working-class white people out there in the mist. Salena Zito describes his niche in a recent piece featured at RealClearPolitics.
“If he runs, it is probably because he thinks he is going to win,” said Jarding, who served as Webb’s senior adviser during the 2006 Senate race. “He is not a Don Quixote chasing windmills. Odds don’t bother him. I think that is what makes him a more interesting candidate. “This is someone who believes passionately in what he believes. He is not tied to a talking-point message — he is authentic, competent, a fighter and, if ever there was somebody who will put a mirror to their soul and ask if this is the right thing to do, it is him.”
So Jim Webb is attempting to be a Post-modern Populist Tom Watson. In so-doing, he would be uniquely positioned in a Democratic Party that probably thinks that Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinners are partially in honor of Jesse Jackson rather than Andrew Jackson. In some respects; Jim Webb is a throwback to a deeper, more intelligent generation of Democrat that was roundly booed off the stage to make way for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Nancy PelosiHouse Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard9%, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry ReidSenate …read more