The Consequences of Attacking Jim Webb

My post on Obama pre-emptively castrating Jim Webb preceeded Webb’s withdrawal from the VP-search by a little more than two-weeks.

We will never really know what went on then — why Obama decided to kill Webb-for-Vice-President agitation by making it known that he would be subordinate to a politically connected friend from Chicago, or why Jim Webb waited two weeks to slap Obama back.

Even though Webb’s understanding of economics was not top-notch, he had a proven record of working across the aisle (as the Navy Secretary for a Republican President to a Democratic Congress) and also a great insight into military culture, serving as a Marine, earning numerous medals, and writing books such as Micronesia and U.S. Pacific Strategy, Fields of Fire, and Born Fighting.

Unfortunately, Obama publicly humiliated Webb, and Webb responded by humiliating Obama back. As Webb would have helped Obama quite a bit — those who ethnically self-identify as “Americans” consistently voted against him in the primaries, Obama keeps inflicting miliary problems on himself, I presume Obama’s aides dislike something that Webb brings to the table.

Too bad.

5 thoughts on “The Consequences of Attacking Jim Webb”

  1. I suspect Obama and leftists aides found Webb’s background as a Marine and executive experience as Navy Secretary off-putting instead of the positive it would have been to his National campaign.

    Since I am not voting for Obama, that works for me.

    Perhaps if he was a former Marine like Murtha (who characterizes current marines as murders and war criminal) or a former navy man like Kerry (who called his fellow SWIFT boat sailor war criminals, and has alluded that the same is trues of the current US Military) then the lefties would have been okay with him.

    I hope Obama chooses a looser like Clinton (I would prefer George Clinton), Richarson (great ticket punching resume, but came across like an idiot in the debates), or Biden (plagerist, verbal diarrhea-ist).

  2. I’m rooting for Clinton. Obama’s staff clearly doesn’t want to share power with anyone else… hence pre-emptively submitting any Vice President to Solis-Doyle.

    The Clinton’s are experienced and cagey enough to escape from this trap. The best bet for a weak Obama Presidency is a strong Clinton Vice Presidency.

  3. You are a true optimist, Dan.

    I can’t see any up side to an Obama presidency except to educate a couple of generations who have grown up with no memory of the Carter years just how bad things can get both domestically and in the realm of foreign affairs when you have a President who puts liberal conventional wisdom into action. I am amused by those who confuse today’s lower economic growth rates with a real recession. I remember double digit prime rates and double digit unemployment rates during the Carter years. Overseas, the rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabawe and the mullahs in Iran are part of the Carter legacy.

    As Benjamin Franklin said, experience is an expensive school.

  4. Re: Jim Webb

    Being V.P. is a lot like being a doctor, you must first do no harm.

    The article you linked mentions that Webb has some very populists views on economics; similar to the views that Obama himself has try to flip flop away from of late.

    I’ve heard that Webb has been on record making some fairly sexist comments:

    “At a 1991 convention of naval aviators called Tailhook, 83 women were reported to have been sexually harassed or assaulted by military personnel. From the beginning, Webb’s concern for the victims was merely perfunctory. But he gave many speeches and wrote many articles vociferously defending the accused. In a 1992 article in the New York Times, he called the investigation of Tailhook a “witch hunt.” In a 1997 article he wrote for the conservative Weekly Standard, he was highly critical of what he termed “ever-expanding sexual mixing” in the military and he referred to feminist efforts to improve the status of women in the military as merely “salving the egos of a group of never-satisfied social engineers.” [1]

    On top of that, he wrote an article in 1980 urging congress to bring back the draft [2].

    I’m not arguing that any of this would constitute rational attacks on Webb, but politics isn’t rational, and since Obama appears to be cruising towards a victory in November, there’s no reason for him to take on someone with so much potential baggage. What Obama needs in the latter day equivalent of Al Gore, a bland yet respectable politician such as Evan Bayh or Tom Daschel.

    [1] http://matthewyglesias.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/05/ixnay_on_the_ebbway.php

    [2] http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/198004/webb-draft

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