While it’s assumed by many that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, I’m not convinced her path to the Democratic nomination will be as smooth as everyone thinks.
However, one thing I am certain of is that former Democratic U.S. Senator Jim Webb will absolutely NOT be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. After all, it’s kind of hard to imagine a path to victory in the Democratic presidential primaries for a man who called Ronald Reagan’s first term in office “the best administration” of his lifetime.
A lot of the comments you hear right now are similar to what people were saying when Jimmy Carter was president. I remember people saying, “No one person can be president anymore.” Everything was a negative. Reagan came in. He was a leader, whether people agreed with him or not. I know all my Democratic friends get mad when I say that I think Reagan was a leader. He ran, particularly in the first term, probably the best administration in my lifetime. Leadership makes a difference, not just ideas.
Unless Jim Webb’s planning on running as a Republican, he’s got no chance of being the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.
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I agree Jim Webb will not be the nominee. I do like that he is not afraid to talk about poverty and the high incarceration rate. I think he might get a cabinet post. I could see Joe Manchin getting picked as VP.
Still it’s good for other candidates to get in the mix. Progressives should instead focus on winning congressional seats, state houses and municipal/county offices and less on this single race – which will be decided by corporate media and big money donors. Q
Emma, I wholeheartedly agree about the importance of local, state, and congressional elections, but as we get closer to November 2016, corporate Dems will trot out the Supreme Court. Will Justices Breyer and Ginsburg last until 2020? Will Scalia or some other wingnut resign, be too ill to carry on? At that point, it’s POTUS, that appoints. OT, a lot of the damage the wingnuts have done over the decades has been the appointment of Judges such as Rudy Randa to the federal judiciary. Again, I’m not disagreeing with you and many people are understandably concerned that Sen. Clinton’s appointments to the bench will be corporate.
He didn’t say that he agreed with Reagan’s policies, though. Webb and those who are sympathetic to him would simply say that Webb misspoke and what he meant to say was that Reagan had the most effective administration in his lifetime, even though he was effective at pushing policies that were mostly bad for America.
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