Friends of Jim Webb who were in Washington to support his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president were in for a shock on Tuesday. He dropped out. Not only did he drop out of the race, the former Republican might be dropping out of the Democratic Party. From CNN:
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, Webb argued the Democratic Party has moved away from “millions of dedicated, hard-working Americans.”
“For this reason, I am withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party’s nominee for the presidency,” he said.
“The very nature of our democracy is under siege due to the power structure and the money that finances both political parities,” Webb said, adding later that it is “time for a new Declaration of Independence — not from an outside power but from the paralysis of a federal system that no longer serves the interests of the vast majority of the American people.”…
When asked if he still considers himself a Democrat, the usually blunt Webb said, “We will think about that.”
“Some people say I am a Republican who became a Democrat, but that I often sound like a Republican in a room full of Democrats or a Democrat in a room full of Republicans,” Webb said. “Actually, I take that as a compliment.”
Leaving aside that we have a republic, not a democracy in this country, there is no doubt that these words and Webb’s story of being a veteran (Navy) will be attractive to any number of people who are disenchanted with the political establishment as it sits right now. The gridlock in Washington, unfortunately, follows decades of “getting things done” by those who really did not have the country’s best interests at heart and were not interested in truly serving the people. That would make a potential Jim Webb independent run for president potentially dangerous for either of the major parties.
Best of luck to Mr. Webb on his future, and may this patriot find his footing in helping to get the American government back to working for the people.