Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Jim Webb's Not Going To Run Third Party. Jim Webb's Just Going To Fight Some Bears.

Look, I'm a Virginian, and I've followed Jim Webb for a long time. People are worried he left the nomination race to run as a third party candidate, but it's not a real threat. Webb's just mad right now. He's going to go out, fight a few bears, maybe knock one of them down, shake this thing off, and get back to writing his next novel.

If you know anything about politics in this region of the country you've seen it before. Webb doesn't think the party represents people like him enough. Hell, maybe he's right. I'm a pretty traditional liberal, but I understand there's a populist wing of people who are churchgoing gun owners. People who support the military in a more uncritical way than I do. It's a cultural difference and a sign of our strength as Democrats. I, for one, look forward to having Webb back in the conversation, after he's punched out a massive Appalachian black-haired male, stumbled home in a bloody daze, and slept for a day or so.

I say all this with respect for the man. Honestly. I disagree with him on many issues, but you have to appreciate his integrity. When Webb argues about how the cost of war is borne by working people like him, you know he's actually lived this truth.

The bears respect him too. When they gather for their traditional fight with Webb, they all do this kind of ritualized bow to him just before trying - always unsuccessfully - to tear his throat out so they can rub his blood into their coats and carry the scent to their young. I've seen video of it on NatGeo, and it's quite inspiring.

Anyway, Jim Webb may have been Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, and he might try to strangle wildlife instead of supporting Greenpeace... but he's still pretty much a Democrat.

It's a big tent, people.

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  1. Hear, hear! I started to write something snarky about him yesterday, but I thought better of it. I do want people like Webb in the party. We do have a big tent. It's shocking that so many people fit in the ridiculously small tent of the Republicans.

    1. Yeah, it's kind of hard to hate on the guy.


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