Former Virginia Senator, Jim Webb took to Twitter and facebook to attack Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy record on Saturday, according to a Bloomberg report, “Webb Attacks Clinton With Eye on Independent Run.”
Rumors about a third party run have been swirling since Webb dropped out of the Democratic race, so this appears to be a step to test the waters. This bizarre 2016 continues to elude easy predictions, so in light of the likely Dem and GOP candidates, Webb can only be a much better choice for many Americans. The press and punditry labeled him grumpy after the first Democratic debate, but I guess I was watching a different debate. Webb’s answers on foreign policy showed a wide breadth of knowledge on the issues, a no-nonsense and non-partisan analysis and he far outshone the other candidates. Plus he has the distinction of having served and bled for this country as a war hero in Vietnam.
Perhaps here is the candidate who can help rebuild our national character and out of the other contenders, in both parties, he’s the one I could support without a great deal of heartburn……..so far. Unlike some people who go “all in” for a particular candidate, I don’t trust politicians in general, so my vote has to be earned over the entire course of the campaign.
I’ll give you the example of Ted Cruz, who articulates many of the conservative views that appeal to me. During that last debate he launched into a heated immigration scuffle with Marco Rubio. The dreaded “A” word, which sends conservatives into apoplectic seizures, was bandied about. Well, Cruz lied about a previous position he took, which later video proved. Instead of saying he changed position, his minions insist he never did support amnesty and that his previous position wasn’t really his position, but a position he took to put a poison pill in a bill. All that speaks to conniving and underhanded political machinations and therein, I was back to my original hesitation over him – every move he makes is too contrived and calculated, which here again being a careful planner is a good thing, but being willing to twist facts to promote yourself (not a cause, but your own political aspirations) goes too far in my book. Hence, he lied and while it’s not the huge mountain of lies Hillary Clinton spews, while trying to claw her way to back into the White House, it’s still an outright lie. This speaks to character. I still admire many things about Ted Cruz, but my willingness to back him has softened a great deal.
I’m curious how y’all decide on who to support???