Video: Are you ready for … Webbmentum?

posted at 12:01 pm on February 11, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats have to be hitting the panic button by now, with Bernie Sanders’ socialist campaign catching fire and Hillary Clinton’s apparent collapse in New Hampshire. Are they desperate enough to get behind a candidate infamous for not campaigning much at all? Jim Webb may shortly test those waters, according to the CBS affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth (via The Hill):

Is he ready to run, again? Former presidential candidate Jim Webb may be ready to get back in the race. He’s expected to discuss the possibility right here in North Texas today.

CBS 11 News has learned Webb will discuss his intentions to make another run for the White House when he addresses the Dallas World Affairs Council at the Belo Mansion this afternoon.

Actually, Democrats might be too late. According to this report, Webb’s thinking about running as an independent:

It didn’t take long after Webb quit that political pundits began speculating that he would get back in the race, running as an independent. At the time Webb, a former Virginia senator and Secretary of the Navy, also said he might explore an independent bid.

Webb’s challenge will be figuring out how to score 270 electoral votes. In the last few months, he has said that the need for an independent presidential candidate was growing more apparent each day.

Perhaps, but Webb is hardly that model of candidate. He barely bothered to campaign at all after announcing his bid for the Democratic nomination, raising little money and even less enthusiasm. Given that, it seems like nothing more than a publicity stunt to go independent at this point. Even if Webb had a personal fortune akin to Michael Bloomberg, Webb has never demonstrated the desire to do what it takes to win, not even within a major-party framework that would do some of that work for him. The question isn’t how Webb gets to 270 as an independent candidate, and it’s not even how he gets to one; it’s how Webb gets on a ballot at all.

In one sense, it’s too bad, because Webb could have resonated with the disaffected Democrats getting left behind by Sanders’ stampede toward socialism and Hillary’s attempts to cut Sanders off by pandering to the Left. Some of those voters have instead flocked to Donald Trump in the Republican primary, but some of them are still within the Democratic coalition. Team Hillary assumed she had those locked up, but so far, there isn’t much enthusiasm for her within those demos — and a Trump nomination might pull them away from either her or Sanders.

With that in mind, and with Hillary stumbling and fumbling away another coronation, Democrats might have an interest in Webb as a Plan B. That is, they might — if Webb turns out to be interested in more than just talk.


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He’s much more qualified than most…

major dad on February 11, 2016 at 12:03 PM

Webb – Biden – Bloomberg

The left is beginning to see the writing on the wall with regard to Hillary.

jake-the-goose on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

With that in mind, and with Hillary stumbling and fumbling away another coronation, Democrats might have an interest in Webb as a Plan B.

Never put it past the Clintons to steal the nomination with arcane rules and super-delegates.

whatcat on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

If Webb gets in it’s because he knows Hillary is toast.

Meremortal on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

The question isn’t how Webb gets to 270 as an independent candidate, and it’s not even how he gets to one; it’s how Webb gets on a ballot at all.

Sue the states and go judge shopping. It’s the dimocrat way.

Flange on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

I don’t know why they are panicking. Hillary’s got the Superdelegates all wrapped up. She’s basically got 1/3 of the votes needed already.

Nethicus on February 11, 2016 at 12:05 PM

I just can’t get past it…

roy_batty on February 11, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Go for it Mr. Webb, I salute you. Taking just one or two points from Clinton or Sanders may just maybe what it takes to get Cruz or Trump into the white house.

WisRich on February 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Webb is a patriot and highly capable. But he sucks at getting votes so he’s a nonstarter.

MJBrutus on February 11, 2016 at 12:10 PM

Webb/Traitor

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Go forth Mr. Webb.

If Webb says ALL LIVES MATTER, I may vote for him.
AYNBLAND on October 13, 2015 at 9:53 PM

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Sue the states and go judge shopping. It’s the dimocrat way.

Flange

Ding, ding, ding. Pretty sure they would need to do this for him to be a plan B as well unless they’re going brokered convention. I mean his campaign would have to get on the ballot no? Or did he already do that?

Zaggs on February 11, 2016 at 12:14 PM

Never put it past the Clintons to steal the nomination with arcane rules and super-delegates.

whatcat on February 11, 2016 at 12:04 PM

Let’s hope so. See 1968 Dem convention.

fossten on February 11, 2016 at 12:18 PM

…the more…the merrier! …It will help Tramp with his ‘can’t get any more than 40% ceiling’… so-called dislike factor and all!

JugEarsButtHurt on February 11, 2016 at 12:18 PM

roy_batty on February 11, 2016 at 12:08 PM

Jeffrey Combs has had some weird roles over the years, from Dr. Mordred to The Frighteners to that weird horror movie.

fossten on February 11, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Is it just me or does anyone else feel like both the DNC & RNC are going towards brokered conventions?

D-fusit on February 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Has anybody else noticed that we don’t hear from Biden anymore?

HiJack on February 11, 2016 at 12:25 PM

Hmmm…Trump, Clinton, Bloomberg and Webb.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on February 11, 2016 at 12:26 PM

D-fusit on February 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Scenario: Trump (or Cruz) and Sanders overwhelmingly win popular votes and the state primaries.

Brokered convention – RNC & DNC select Hillary and Jeb instead.

What happens in America?

Megyn Kellys Lipstick on February 11, 2016 at 12:29 PM

Didnt webb write a dirty childrens book or some shiat like that?

Indiana Jim on February 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

1968, please come.

22044 on February 11, 2016 at 12:33 PM

O/T How “diplomacy” wrt Iran has led to treachery:
http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2016/02/how-iran-took-obama-hostage.html

The Left are traitors under the guise of diplomacy.

onlineanalyst on February 11, 2016 at 12:33 PM

Jim Webb should be Jack Webb at a Dem debate, and say to Hillary, when she lies about her email server,

“just the facts ma’m”

Senator Philip Bluster on February 11, 2016 at 12:35 PM

HiJack, eerily quiet.

I told my oldest son the other night what “Dad’s Theory” was on that subject. I said that the whole ploy of Biden saying it was not his time was exactly that, a ploy. I explained that the DNC & WH all knew that Hillary was going down for the whole email scandal and the came up with the whole Biden decision to have him in reserve as the Dem candidate when the inevitable happens. Hillary gets indicted (suffers a stroke – wink wink) and Ole Joe steps up and saves the Dems bacon, ’cause let’s face it – even the Dems don’t want Bernie the Socialist as their standard bearer.

That is my “Dad Theory”.

D-fusit on February 11, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Didnt webb write a dirty childrens book or some shiat like that?

Indiana Jim on February 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

No, he didn’t. What he did do was write a fiction novel that in the course of the story included some cultural practices that were disgusting but in fact true to that culture. Think of it as if someone wrote a novel with Muslims and included some of their practices.

major dad on February 11, 2016 at 12:41 PM

Jim Webb – im – W – b = Jeb

Jeb – J + ¡ + Y +! = ¡Yeb!

Fallon on February 11, 2016 at 12:48 PM

From The Webb Master List of Greatest Hits:

Lost Soldiers (2001)

“A shirtless man walked toward them along a mud pathway. His muscles were young and hard, but his face was devastated with wrinkles. His eyes were so red that they appeared to be burned by fire. A naked boy ran happily toward him from a little plot of dirt. The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boy’s penis in his mouth.”

Something to Die For (1991)

“Fogarty … watched a naked young stripper do the splits over a banana. She stood back up, her face smiling proudly and her round breasts glistening from a spotlight in the dim bar, and left the banana on the bar, cut in four equal sections by the muscles of her vagina.”

A Country Such as This (1983)

“(He) could see Jawbone and Ashley Asthmatic napping together in the grass. They faced inward, their arms entwined. It looked like they were masturbating each other. It didn’t surprise him … It was common to see men holding hands, embracing, playing with each other. Some of them had wanted him. He could tell in those evanescent moments between his bao cao bow, the obligatory deference when a guard entered his cell, and the first word or blow that followed it … Quick, grinding voices, turgid with repressed passion. An exploratory reaching of the hand near his groin.”

A Sense of Honor (1981)

“Nurse Goodbody, dark and voluptuous (Lenahan had forgotten her actual name, it was something long and Italian), was a bedtime friend to many of the doctors in Bethesda. She had hinted to Lenahan that she simply could not contain herself. Doctors tending to patients, she explained, aroused her. Morphine Mary (again Lenahan could not remember her exact name) was a thin, nervous drill sergeant type, a disciplinarian who did not allow her patients even to complain. Lenahan was convinced that Morphine Mary did not even sleep with her husband. She wasn’t bad looking, he mused again, staring at her thin frame. If she’d just get laid every now and then she’d mellow out and stop being such a damn witch.”

Fields of Fire (1978)

“He saw the invitation with every bouncing breast and curved hip … He was thirteen … She was fifteen … In a few moments she drew him to her and he murmured in his quiet voice, ‘I am still small.’ ‘You are large enough,’ she answered. And he found he was.”

At least he’s good on national security issues.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 12:51 PM

I could see Webb drawing from both Sanders’ and Trump’s support, from people who are fed up with the satus quo. As such, he might actually help Hillary at this stage.

paul1149 on February 11, 2016 at 12:51 PM

major. Ok. Thanks for the clarification. He seems like a decent fellow.

Indiana Jim on February 11, 2016 at 12:51 PM

If Trump is the Relublican nominee I would consider voting for Webb.

Ringo on February 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

C’mon, fellas. My comment that is in moderation is made of Jim Webb book excerpts. Surely it is relevant.

Didnt webb write a dirty childrens book or some shiat like that?

Indiana Jim on February 11, 2016 at 12:32 PM

No, he didn’t. What he did do was write a fiction novel that in the course of the story included some cultural practices that were disgusting but in fact true to that culture. Think of it as if someone wrote a novel with Muslims and included some of their practices.

major dad on February 11, 2016 at 12:41 PM

That’s what my comment was referencing, if it ever gets out of moderation. In the meantime, HERE are some examples of Webb’s prose.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

If Trump is the Relublican nominee I would consider voting for Webb.

Ringo on February 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

…Paul and John would be disappointed!

JugEarsButtHurt on February 11, 2016 at 1:04 PM

Major dad. With all due respect, is there a culture where the dad puts his sons p3nis in his mouth??????

Indiana Jim on February 11, 2016 at 1:05 PM

Bloomberg/Webb!

‘Because We Know What’s Best For The Proletariat’ ™

orangemtl on February 11, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Last gaspings of someone at the far end of just before going out to the retirement pasture…
“Look at me! I was someone! I could’ve been even more! Look at me!”

albill on February 11, 2016 at 1:08 PM

JEBH. Lol!!!

Indiana Jim on February 11, 2016 at 1:11 PM

I’m for anyone screwing it up for the Dems in the general election.

Philly on February 11, 2016 at 1:11 PM

If Trump is the Relublican nominee I would consider voting for Webb.

Ringo on February 11, 2016 at 12:57 PM

Webb voted for Obamacare, and has voted against repealing it. He should be disqualified on those grounds alone.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 11, 2016 at 1:15 PM

paul1149 on February 11, 2016 at 12:51 PM

Or those that remember Saigon (in various ways).

Limerick on February 11, 2016 at 1:17 PM

Well, I guess my comment went down the Moderation Sinkhole of Oblivion.

Jim Webb — Too racy for HotAir. —– NSF█HA

Though if he does throw his proverbial hat in the ever-expanding ring, the subject of his writings will surely resurface.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Video: Are you ready for … Webbmentum?

Webb has no constituency to draw on.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Webb has no constituency to draw on.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Sure he does.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Sure he does.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Not really no. His support in the democratic party has pretty much evaporated. In the dem nomination he never got out of single digits. So then you look at the GOP, who there is going to choose webb over their 15 candidates? Nobody. So then you are left with independents but at this point independents are basically just marginally attached members of the two parties, which means they fall into the two categories above.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 2:18 PM

In the dem nomination he never got out of single digits.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 2:18 PM

I actually overstated his support substantially above, in national polling averages for the dem nomination he never even got to 2%.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Webb has no constituency to draw on.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 1:34 PM

Sure he does.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 2:18 PM

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 2:21 PM

He’s got most of his family, and a couple of his publisher friends sewn up, so there’s that.

He is actually better than many of the RINO contingent; he is pretty good on foreign policy, or used to be, and IIRC his fiscal policies weren’t heresy. I haven’t been keeping up with Webb, so he may have ‘evolved’.

I agree with Ed’s postulation that Webb’s ‘independent’ titillation looks like a ploy to gain publicity.

He will probably sell some more books as his name makes the rounds and his ‘literary titillation’ resurfaces. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has another one to shop around.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 2:56 PM

I agree with Ed’s postulation that Webb’s ‘independent’ titillation looks like a ploy to gain publicity.

hillbillyjim on February 11, 2016 at 2:56 PM

Most likely.

Tlaloc on February 11, 2016 at 3:34 PM