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?