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Jim Webb has been a senator, Secretary of the Navy, combat Marine, filmmaker, and successful author. But his most unlikely role is campaigning to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.
You could see a man of his experience running in the ’60s or even the ’90s. But today’s Democratic party boasts of its contempt for the traditional martial honor that Webb represents.
Though progressives showily insist that they adore our troops, you saw the instinctive contempt during the first Democratic debate. When the moderator asked candidates to list the enemy they are most proud of, Webb was the only person not to name one of his fellow Americans.
He pointed instead to the Vietnamese soldier who threw a grenade at Webb. Then a First Lieutenant, Webb shot the soldier, pushed away a fellow Marine, and flung his body between the grenade and his comrade.
Beltway journos gasped then giggled at Webb’s mention of combat experience, so much so that the candidate’s son felt the need to defend his honor in an op-ed. In 2016, people actually need to defend the honor of a war hero for being awarded the Navy Cross. If he had declared his biggest enemy was a white male veteran, the same critics would have applauded.
Belatedly recognizing that he is woefully out of step with a progressive party, and still suspicious of the GOP to which he once belonged, Webb is considering a run as an independent.
Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb will consider an independent bid for president amid protests by the candidate that the Democratic Party rigged last week’s debate for Hillary Clinton.
Webb’s campaign emailed out details to a press conference for Tuesday at the National Press Club with the subject line: “Jim Webb to consider independent run.” During last week’s debate, he only had the chance to speak for 15 minutes compared to about 30 minutes for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, according to NPR.
“It was rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor by the way that Anderson Cooper was selecting people to supposedly respond to something someone else said,” Webb told the audience last week at an event for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Granted, Webb hasn’t exactly been tearing it up in the polls. But in a year of outsiders, a military hero who has abandoned both parties and wants to represent forgotten blue collar workers could make a significant impact in a close race.Published in