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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb, who left the Senate at the end of his first term in January 2013, is not ruling out a potential presidential bid, he said Sunday on CNN when asked if he was interested in the presidency. "I think I'm better when I can have my own voice," he said. "It's one of the reasons that I stepped away from the Senate." At a speaking event in May, Webb -- the former Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan and center-right Democrat in the Senate -- said, "I understand the nominating basis of both parties -- they've both moved to the extremes.

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Ok so he hasn't declared he's running yet but the man is already a legend.

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University: University of Southern California
University: US Naval Academy (1968)
Law School: JD, Georgetown University (1975)
Teacher: US Naval Academy

US Secretary of the Navy (1-May-1987 to 23-Feb-1988)
US Senator, Virginia (2007-2012)
Emmy
Purple Heart twice
Bronze Star twice
Silver Star
Navy Cross

Author of:
Fields of Fire (l978, novel)
A Sense of Honor (l981, novel)
A Country Such As This (1983, novel)
Something To Die For (1991, novel)
The Emperor's General (1999, novel)
Lost Soldiers (2001, novel)

Official Website:
www.jameswebb.com

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-03 01:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

A reasonable democrat can't make it in today's DNC.

Jim Webb is many things, but boring isn't one of them. Webb was a Marine who boxed Oliver North and served in Vietnam. He churned out interesting, if occasionally overwritten, books. "Fields of Fire" was one of the best ever written about Vietnam. And before he became a politician, he said things about liberals that make "Macaca" sound like a term of endearment.

"Jane Fonda can kiss my ass," he once told a radio interviewer of Hanoi Jane. [...]

Bill Clinton could kiss Webb's ass too. "Every time I see him salute a Marine," he said of our smarmy 42nd president, "it infuriates me."

When Clinton finally left office in 2001, Webb gave him a goodbye kick in the pants on the Wall Street Journal op-ed page: "It is a pleasurable experience to watch Bill Clinton finally being judged, even by his own party, for the ethical fraudulence that has characterized his entire political career."

For over 20 years, Webb said he wouldn't shake John Kerry's hand over the Massachusetts senator's anti-Vietnam activities. He resigned as Ronald Reagan's secretary of the navy because the Gipper wasn't spending enough on national defense.

Webb called affirmative action "a permeating state-sponsored racism that is as odious as the Jim Crow laws it sought to countermand."

Yet once in office, Webb was -- with just a handful of defections -- pretty much a party-line Democrat. He made his peace with political correctness, supporters of racial preferences, and a permissive immigration policy.

Jim Webb wrote like Pat Buchanan but votes like Harry Reid.

Read more: dailycaller.com

#2 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-03 03:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Pan,

Sometimes people grow up. It might even happen to you.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2014-06-03 07:01 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 9

Wow Webb scares the GOP so badly they put out a hit piece out on him as he was LEAVING office???

Clearly he's Presidential material.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-03 07:03 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

#3 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT

Yes after Carter, I grew up and became a conservative, What's your excuse?

#5 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-03 07:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

@ PANEOCON

Webb is overtly pro-guns, military, despises political correctness, has an epic warrior background, and was admired by Reagan.

What more could you want in a Democrat?

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-03 07:29 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

Webb is now married to his 3rd wife. the GOP will dig up as much dirt from his 2 divorces as they can, and if they can't find any, they will just "invent" some. Don't forget the draft-dodging chicken-hawk coward Karl Rove started a rumor that fellow Republican John McCain had an illegitimate Black child'

There are no boundaries for righties, including sneaking into a nursing home to spy on a women suffering from dementia

#7 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-06-03 08:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Yes after Carter, I grew up and voted for a guy committing treason in his efforts to win the Presidency, What's your excuse?

Reagan's campaign did make a deal with Iran to hold the hostages until after the election....treason. Aren't you proud!

#8 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-03 08:36 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 3

I "prophesized" in the late 1980's after reading his masterpiece
Fields of Fire that James Webb would be POTUS someday. I laid the paperback on my nightstand after reading the last page and thought to myself: This guy will be president someday. Why that notion hit me, I don't know.

Let see what happens.

#9 | Posted by shane at 2014-06-03 10:41 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Jim Webb is obviously an obfuscating fasciati, a black shirted imperialist mafia don... or something.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-03 11:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

If Hillary headquarters, i.e., the DNC, has problems annointing Her Highness another corporatist and imperialist will fit in fine.

#11 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-03 11:37 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Null if you don't have a dog in this race do yourself a favor and stop yapping.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-03 11:53 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

When it come to the Presidency everybody in the country has a dog in the race.

#13 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2014-06-03 11:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I haven't made up my mind" is another way of saying "I have to do some bean counting first."

I have nothing against this guy except his lack of self-control.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2014-06-04 12:01 AM | Reply | Flag:

Ok then lets hear Null's plausible candidate of choice.

Oh wait he doesn't have one.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-04 12:01 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"I have nothing against this guy except his lack of self-control."

He did manage to keep from knocking out W. when boy George was being a flippant little SOB about Webb's son living or dying in Iraq.

#16 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-04 12:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

No really Webb about gave Bush the thrashing he deserved.

www.thedailybeast.com

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-04 12:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

#15
Convenient way of restricting who has a right to participate in a conversation that affects us all.

#18 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2014-06-04 12:21 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

People who have no skin in the game can be as irresponsible as they like.

And often are.

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-04 12:22 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

The party partisans would love to require voting in order to legitimize their corrupt two-party dictatorship.

#20 | Posted by nullifidian at 2014-06-04 01:12 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

"Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.) on Tuesday introduced legislation to prevent members of Congress from becoming lobbyists after they retire."

It's a Bill introduced by and supported by Dems, and it will be be obstructed by Repubs and killed in it's cradle.

Another way the Partys are different.

www.drudge.com

#21 | Posted by Corky at 2014-06-04 01:15 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

As a senator, all Webb really talked about was the military. It's like he just went in and registered his Democrat vote on things that were military related so he could keep up appearances, or something. I almost think he was just keeping a low profile.

It's possible that after all of his flaming in the 80's, 90's, and early 2000's he wanted to register some more calming sentiments to the left before running for president. I don't know.

#22 | Posted by LEgregius at 2014-06-04 07:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

Reagan's campaign did make a deal with Iran to hold the hostages until after the election....treason. Aren't you proud!

#8 | POSTED BY DANNI AT 2014-06-03 08:36 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

Yes, and he negotiated with terrorists in doing so.

#23 | Posted by 726 at 2014-06-04 10:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Yes, and he negotiated with terrorists in doing so."

So hey....let's name some airports, schools, and ships after him.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-04 11:01 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Webb may have decided to spend only one term in the Senate so he wouldn't have much that could be attacked by the GOP.

That's some strategic mind he's got.

No wonder the GOP fears him.

#25 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-04 04:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

That would be awesome versus Hillary. Two warmongers vying for the votes of the left.

The GOP, needing to stay stronger on "national defense" (why can't we call it offense, now that we've given up the illusion of defense with the advent of "preemptive" warfare?) will at that point, have their collective heads explode. The survivors will be too busy fighting each other over nuking China, Russia, or Iran to put up a fight. And then we can always have the pro-war single party system everyone really seems to want.

#26 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-06-05 11:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Will Jim Webb Run for President?"

I certainly hope so! I read all his books, the first three even before he became Reagan's Secretary of the Navy. I always thought he'd be a democrat I could vote for. It could be a dilemma for me if he wins the nomination and a conservative republican is his opponent. At least it could be a situation where I wouldn't be terribly disappointed about whichever won.

#27 | Posted by jestgettinalong at 2014-06-05 11:44 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

What more could you want in a Democrat?
#6 | POSTED BY TOR

I would sleep well at night with Jim Webb in the White House but you dems will never allow Webb near the place. You will toss up Hillary Clinton with side of Ed Rendell for dems to vote for.

#28 | Posted by paneocon at 2014-06-05 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

" Two warmongers vying for the votes of the left."???

Webb ran for Senate on an anti-Iraq War platform IN THE SOUTH.

He's made it rather clearly he's against stupid, needless, and badly managed conflicts.

#29 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-05 03:24 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"I would sleep well at night with Jim Webb in the White House but you dems will never allow Webb near the place. You will toss up Hillary Clinton with side of Ed Rendell for dems to vote for."

See people?

Webb isn't even running yet and he already has people crossing over to vote for him.

#30 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-05 04:41 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

"Jim Webb is obviously an obfuscating fasciati, a black shirted imperialist mafia don... or something."

lol!

#31 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-05 07:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

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