I turned on the TV the other night and saw former Senator Jim Webb. Webb just threw his hat into the ring as a Democratic presidential candidate. His face reminds me of the kid in my school who wanted to beat me up when we were nine. Fenny Fitzpatrick would come up to where I was sitting in class and whisper through his clenched teeth "Horvitz, I call you out!" Even before I knew what that meant, I could tell from Fenny's face that he wasn't planning anything very fun.
Still, I have a good feeling about Webb because I remember this exchange he had with then-President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony:
Bush: "How's your boy?" (referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq).
Webb: "I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President."
Bush: "That's not what I asked you. How's your boy?"
Webb (coldly): "That's between me and my boy, Mr. President."
He was a tough guy, and for those of who were anti-Bush, he was our tough guy.
But I don't think Webb has a chance to win the Presidency. Ever. For two reasons.
|"I call you out Mr. President"|
Webb may be pissed-off for excellent reasons. But when "pissed-off" is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a candidate, that candidate's going to have a hard time getting elected.
#2. He's authentic and honest. Combined with #1 it means that a political consultant won't be able to get him to warm up for the cameras. No matter how much they beg him to smile cheerfully during political events, his authenticity will keep him from faking it.