02 July 2015

And the Presidential Clown Car Gets a 2nd* Democrat

And now Jim Webb throws his hat into the ring:
Jim Webb, a former Virginia senator and Reagan-era secretary of the Navy, announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, bringing his antiwar credentials to the field in what many consider a long-shot campaign for the presidency.

Mr. Webb’s announcement caught some political observers by surprise. He was the first from either party to form a presidential exploratory committee but has been barely visible since.

“I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate, where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money,” Mr. Webb, 69, wrote in an announcement that was posted on his website.


Just over a week ago, Mr. Webb staked out ground expressing some support of the Confederate flag after nine people were killed at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C. A white man has been charged in the attack.

“This is an emotional time and we all need to think through these issues with a care that recognizes the need for change but also respects the complicated history of the Civil War,” Mr. Webb said in a statement at the time, standing in contrast to both Republicans and Democrats who said the flag was an outdated symbol that needed to be retired.

I'm not quite sure who among the Democrats thinks that the party needs a former Reagan administration official to right of Hillary Clinton, but they need to get their head out of their ass.

*Lincoln Chaffee is the first "Democrat" in the Presidential clown car. I can discern no sane reason as to why the former Republican Senator from Rhode Island entered the race.


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