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Jim Webb is Baaaaaaack…Now Will He Be in Trump’s Cabinet?

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I’ll have more to say about this later, but for now, here’s the link to the conference where Jim Webb is/was speaking today. Also, check out the tweets below about Webb’s speech. I was wondering when he’d pop up again, given that he’s been silent for many months now – literally not a word on his Facebook or Twitter pages, in the media, etc.

P.S. I actually hope that Webb DOES end up in Trump’s cabinet, maybe as Secretary of Defense or Secretary of State, as no matter what else he is, the fact is that he’s super-smart and knowledgeable about national security, foreign policy, etc. He’d also be INFINITELY better than Giuliani or any of the other horror shows I’ve heard mentioned so far.

Jim Webb – New rules: Presidents should be able to explain clearly why they are intervening abroad
 Jim Webb – intervention in Libya involved no American treaties or interests but Obama, McCain and Hillary wanted it.
 Jim Webb: Trump election is an opportunity to redefine our goals and principles in foreign policy
 Jim Webb says current attempt to censor Thomas Jefferson from UVA shows how disconnected Democrats are from reality
 Jim Webb says Democratic Party abandoned white working people like those in KY in America’s poorest counties
 Jim Webb says when he ran for Senate the Democratic Party held a school telling candidates how to appeal to voters as groups
 Jim Webb says draft exemptions during Vietnam for those who could go to college created an elite but disconnected political class
 Jim Webb salutes Trump for tenacity and uniqueness.
 Jim Webb: We now know a hardwired elite controls or influences our media and other institutions.

Webb never answered the question about whether he’d consider serving in Trump admin
Random questioner says there’s a rumor going around that Webb IS being considered for SecDef, asks Webb if he’d do it. Webb filibusters
Webb won’t say who he voted for. “My vote is my business. This is America.”

 Lot of Webb’s talking points match up quite well with objections to Bolton made by Rand Paul today
 Webb says UVA/Jefferson “is sort of orwellian to me … you can’t constantly reinvent your history to reshape it for the issues today.”
 Webb now hammering affirmative action, saying poor whites in Appalachia are not wrong to see this as “reverse discrimination”
 Jim Webb: “I would like to salute Donald Trump for his tenacity and for the uniqueness of his campaign.”
@jonward11 And when you think about it, Jim Webb makaes a helluva lot more sense than Giuliani for SecDef
– “Jim Webb is speaking at GW now. Man who introduces him says Trump should pick Webb as SecDef or Sec of State”

  • Elaine Owens

    Sounds to me like Jim Webb is running for the Secretary of Defense.

    • Laura Lee

      Well he would be better then anybody Trump would pick

      • Agreed, at least Webb isn’t a warmongering lunatic, and at least he actually knows a s***-ton about national security and foreign policy. Webb would be infinitely better than ANY of the names I’ve heard mentioned so far for Sec. Def (or Sec. State).

        • Quizzical

          News reports were saying today that there was a Stalinist purge of Trump’s transition team on loyalty grounds, so it is hard to believe that a major cabinet position could go to Webb, who didn’t support Trump in the campaign and who hasn’t even been a Republican for awhile.

  • old_redneck

    ” Jim Webb says current attempt to censor Thomas Jefferson from UVA shows how disconnected Democrats are from reality”

    So — the actions of a gaggle of students is laid at the feet of Virginia Democrats?

    • Yep, in his mind they’re all a bunch of hippies he can “bash.” Flashbacks to the early 1970s, apparently…

    • Quizzical

      Webb obviously identifies very strongly with the Scotch-Irish that settled Appalachia – I bought his book about that, called Born Fighting – but he personally was a military brat who grew up on military bases all over the world, then in college he spent two years in Southern California and then won an appointment to the Navy Academy. He has had a storied career since then, but I don’t think it has included living in Appalachia. I guess he has relatives who still live in Appalachia whom he would visit. I always expected him to do more for Appalachia as a Senator, but I didn’t see it. Maybe he felt that his book was enough.

      • Webb has basically been “all talk little action” on a whole bunch of things, such as fighting to stop the “rich from getting richer, the poor from getting poorer, and the middle class from getting squeezed.” Webb also has almost completely flip-flopped on what he wrote about the coal industry in Born Fighting, which was absolutely scathing. Bottom line: he’s a very strange, bitter, angry dude, good at writing but not so much at getting stuff done.

  • Video: Jim Webb to Tucker Carlson – White Working People Just Do Not Believe ‘ Democrats Like Them ’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi6o_TwxWH4

  • SKEPTICAL PROGRESSIVE

    Webb is a lot of things, some good, some not so good. He is not, however, a team player. He is knowledgeable on national security, and rightly skeptical of military intervention. However, being a team player, especially on a team that doesn’t welcome dissent and is going to be an on-going fight between rival factions would not work for him. And, while he has a point on Democrats and white working class voters, he seems to give Trump a pass on his inflammatory rhetoric and racial, ethnic, and religious scapegoating. Trump did connect with voters, but he did it by appealing to peoples worst, rather than best, instincts. That is the sign of a demagogue, not a leader. Webb knows this and, if he makes it into a Trump administration, I hope his blunt honesty would compel him to pint this out.

  • AerosM

    Webb would honestly be a good fit for the Trump administration, and possibly the only good thing to come out of this election. At the very least, we know he won’t be a butt kisser like most of the idiots being bandied about for SecDef. Trump is going to need someone to be able to tell him he can’t do this or that militarily. Like say, carpet bomb ISIS. Webb has the balls to tell Trump to his face these important realities. That same intransigence however would make him unsuitable for SecState.