Kelly Cohen is kicking up some dust at the Washington Examiner with a story this morning that Jim Webb could make a run for the Presidency. It is a little late, but better sooner than even later. The thought earlier was that Mark Warner or Tim Kaine would come out for a run. Tim Kaine is probably too mamsy-pamsy, and too much of a party player to be so bold a challenger. However, Senator Mark Warner could have been effective because he has successful commercial business CEO experience in high-tech industry in addition to having a host of other credentials that make him stronger on paper than that of Mrs. Clinton.
The trouble with Jim Webb is that he is so dour. I used to see him walking down the street, sometimes in DuPont circle, and he always appeared sad or glum. He has a Senator John McCain personality. He’s like the Democrat version of John McCain, one who has been held prisoner by a political party to which he doesn’t truly belong, if you know what I mean?
Jim Webb would not make a good running mate for Mrs. Clinton because they are too much alike, appealing to the more “conservative” side of the Democrat party.
Probably no man can beat Mrs. Clinton for the contest in 2016. The wheels are greased and the coffers are full. Women will determine the outcome.
If Republicans want to be competitive, they had better stop messing around in the same swamp where they have been stuck. They need to look westward to Meg Whitman. That’s the ticket for them. Meg Whitman and Bob Portman is a Republican ticket that is balanced and highly competitive.
Now, what running mate would Mrs. Clinton need to beat that combo? Add Mark Warner and that is a Democrat balanced ticket.
Advice to Jim Webb, don’t burn bridges if you want an executive appointment in the next administration. Cool your jets.
“Webb ‘seriously looking’ at 2016 bid
By Kelly Cohen
Published September 25, 2014
FILE – This Sept. 27, 2012, file photo shows now retired Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., as he speaks during a rally for President Barack Obama in Virginia Beach, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
Add former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb to the list of potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates.
During his speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, the former secretary of the Navy said he is “seriously looking at the possibility of running for president.”
Webb, who was recently called “Hillary Rodham Clinton’s worst nightmare” by the New York Times, said he would decide within the next four to five months.
During his speech, he tweeted: “A lot of people running for President seem to skip past the realities of governing into the circus of the political debate.”