December 23, 2014

1864 AGAIN:

The Real Threat to Hillary Clinton: Jim Webb (JACOB HEILBRUNN, DEC. 22, 2014, NY Times)

[I]t isn't really the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren who should worry the Clinton camp. It's the former Virginia senator Jim Webb, a Vietnam War hero, former secretary of the Navy in the Reagan administration, novelist and opponent of endless wars in the Middle East. Late last month, Mr. Webb formed an exploratory committee. "He's a very long shot," Leslie H. Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, told me. "He has to become a serious candidate. At that point she would find him much more complex than dealing with liberals. He's not a liberal, but a lot of what he says might appeal to liberals. He does not get carried away by humanitarian intervention."

Mr. Webb's attacks on free trade and economic elites, coupled with a call for America to come home again, might well prove a potent combination in the early primaries, attracting antiwar progressives as well as conservative-minded Southern white men whom he believes the party can win back. 

The GOP can't be lucky enough to get to run against a Confederate in 2016.

Posted by at December 23, 2014 4:15 PM
  

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