As a California Democrat, I really have only one wish for November 2016: That I am not forced to choose between the “lesser of two evils” and the “”evilest of two lessers.”
While most of my good friends at Legal Insurrection are keeping track of the Republican contenders for the presidency, I have vowed to stay on top of the Democratic race.
Marlyland’s former governor, Martin O’Malley, has been receiving standing ovations and drawn comparisons to John F. Kennedy simply by being a credible candidate. Several of the Democrats I correspond with about politics concur with his most recent statement about the 2016 race:
“The presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families,” Mr. O’Malley said on ABC’s “This Week.”
Another potential who seems to be passing the “fresh face” test and is inspiring actual enthusiasm among those I talk to is Jim Webb, former Senator from Virginia, who has been a combat Marine, a counsel in the Congress, and an assistant secretary of defense and Secretary of the Navy.
The following video was prepared in response to inquiries if he was going to run.
I find his concerns about focusing too much on a “multicultural society” and not enough about sensible foreign policy truly refreshing…coming from a Democrat. I think the the best line, and one that sums up how far the Democrat Party has sunk since Webb first became politically active, is: “There used to be a time when people…came to the Democrat Party, not for a hand-out, but for an honest, respectable hand-shake.”
Michigan conservative talk show host and member of a city council, Lloyd Conway, explained the appeal: “Jim Webb is a Harry Truman style Democrat. He is the type of Democrat that made up the bulk of the party before the George McGovern candidacy. Harry Truman focused on the kind of working class voter and small businesses that have been over-looked in the past several elections. I think Webb has sensed the void, and can make a serious run.”
And while Conway is a Republican, he would be willing to pull the lever for Webb…depending on who the Republicans ran.
On the other side of the spectrum, staunch Democrat and progressive-minded Dan Epperly notes, “I like what I have read; he seems like a no nonsense guy and not part of the machine.”
Webb has an exploratory committee, is meeting with Democratic Party donors who aren’t sold on Hillary Clinton, and is laying to groundwork for Iowa.
I have made a personal vow not to get emotionally invested in any candidate before the primary season is well underway. However, I hope that when it is all over, I could go into the booth in November, 2016 not seriously concerned that the security of the country would be jeopardized if a particular presidential candidate won.
That, right there, would be an improvement over 2008 and 2012.
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