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NY Review of Books on Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)
Tags: politics

Link.

Suggests him as a possible running mate for Obama -- an Obama/Webb ticket would be the first President/VP combination of two serious writers, by my estimate (although I haven't read Webb). While I want to like Webb as VP, he's a little militaristic (but that's Obama's "weakness"):

But he quit the party [Democrats] over Jimmy Carter's grant of amnesty for those who had avoided the draft, and he supported Ronald Reagan in 1980 and George W. Bush (and George Allen) in 2000.

Never fearing to be an iconoclast, Webb defends the Vietnam War as strategically necessary.
Other tidbits:

Webb is a serious writer, not a politician who writes books on the side.

Webb's identity as a writer is as important to him as his military record, if not more so.

Webb's fierce pride in his own people tells us a great deal about him. Though he grew up in different parts of the country, he identifies most closely with the people who live in the mountains and hollows of southwest Virginia, among whom he has countless relatives.

Webb's name often comes up in the speculation about whom Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama will pick as his running mate. Webb follows form in saying he is reluctant to talk about such a thing. But he appears to be not without interest. The timing and subject matter of his latest book do not seem to be happenstance. And to a number of people the idea of an Obama-Webb ticket makes a lot of sense: an African-American (actually of mixed race) and a man of Scots-Irish working-class descent; a war hero who can stand up to anyone on military expertise and patriotism. In fact, in his writings, as well as in his new book, Webb has argued that a combination of blacks and the Scots-Irish working class could form an electoral majority. He argues that they have similar grievances: lack of adequate education and health care, job training and job opportunities; and that both have been put upon or neglected by the elites. To him, the basic issue is more one of class than of race.


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