Jim Webb for president?

Former Virginia senator Jim Webb has formed an exploratory committee for a run for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Webb, a much-decorated Marine in Vietnam, was President Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy.  He later turned Democrat, but he has been very much a maverick.  A die-hard supporter of Veterans and the Military, he is also a vehement opponent of the War in Iraq and related ventures.  He is left of Hillary Clinton when it comes to Wall Street interests, but he supports the Right to Bear Arms.  He is a social liberal, but he does not believe that women should serve in combat.

He is also a talented writer.  The author of a number of military novels and memoirs,  Webb is best known (and best explained by) his book about the ethnic group that exemplifies Southern culture and much of the American working class: Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.

Could any of you Democrats see yourself voting for him?  How about the rest of you?  Do you think he would be better than Hillary Clinton?

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The tea party of the left

According to Dana Milbank, a tea party of the left is emerging, with liberal purists turning against Democrats in Name Only. [Read more...]

Election post-mortem

Democrats thought they had demographics, the young adult vote, the Hispanic vote, the women’s vote, and the cultural tides all going for them.  And yet, they lost catastrophically.  So what went wrong?  After the jump, excerpts and some links to attempts to account for what happened. [Read more...]

The Democrats’ billionaires

As Democrats demonize the Koch brothers for donating money to conservatives, their own billionaires are getting organized to make the most of their political donations. [Read more...]

Anti-Obama but pro-Hillary

President Obama’s approval ratings are plummeting, and Democrats’ prospects for the House and Senate look bleak.  And yet in presidential polls, Hillary Clinton still beats all Republican candidates by far.  So a substantial demographic does not like President Obama but does like Hillary Clinton.  These are mostly blue collar workers and white Southerners, including many who do not describe themselves as liberal and quite a few evangelicals.  In other words, the old Democratic constituency that had been taken away by Ronald Reagan.  See a sample of E. J. Dionne’s discussion of this phenomenon after the jump. [Read more...]

Bringing back the religious left?

A Brookings Institution study says that today’s Democrats are less interested in even liberal Christianity, but that it still might be possible to bring back the religious left.  I would think this is true.  Pope Francis seems to be bringing liberal Catholicism back into power.  Many ostensible evangelicals are reconfiguring their teachings to promote liberal, rather than conservative,  politics.  And of course there are the mainline liberal Protestants who are still around in significant, though reduced, numbers.   (Do notice that I am not referring to people who are liberal politically though conservative theologically, which used to be commonplace and is still evident in many congregations and on this blog.  I’m referring to new iterations of the social gospel.) [Read more...]


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