Thank God. That’s why I like him. Writes Lew Rockwell:
“I rooted for Democrat Webb against Republican George Allen for senator from Virginia. Unlike virtually all public officials these days, Webb is a guy with real achievements, and in downing Allen, he killed the neocons’ handpicked choice for president in 2008. Now Webb is being mentioned as VP for Obama. I immediately liked the idea, but now I am sure it would be right.”
Lew’s “sure” is linked to an article in the dependably awful The New Republic called “Webb of Deception: Jim Webb isn’t a liberal; he’s a reactionary. So why are liberals falling for him? Writes, obviously out-of-touch, elitist liberal Richard Just:
“I am amazed at how many Democrats have fallen for Jim Webb. This madness has to stop. Now. Unless we want to end up with a vice president who harbors a worldview that is fundamentally illiberal, not to mention downright creepy.”
What’s so “creepy about Webb? Continues Just:
“So what is Jim Webb’s underlying worldview? Not only is Webb not a liberal; he is pretty much the opposite of one. I realize The Weekly Standard may not be the most credible judge of a candidate’s liberal credentials; but the magazine ran a great piece about Webb in 2006 that called him “the most sophisticated right-wing reactionary to run on a Democratic ticket since Grover Cleveland.” The author, Andrew Ferguson, made a pretty convincing case. The article quotes extensively from Webb’s books, relaying staggeringly creepy quotes about his Scots-Irish heritage such as this one: “In a society obsessed with multicultural jealousies, those who cannot articulate their ethnic origins are doomed to a form of social and political isolation. My culture needs to rediscover itself, and in doing so to regain its power to shape the direction of America.” But Webb’s brand of Scots-Irish nationalism is just the beginning. There is also his well-documented misogyny (he once wrote an article called “Women Can’t Fight” and famously denounced the investigation of the Tailhook sex-abuse scandal as a “witch hunt”).”
LOL. I like every bit of this. Keep the “creepy” coming! Just continues:
“It turns out Webb is also something of an apologist for the Confederacy. He has accused “revisionist politicians and academics” of trying “to defame the entire Confederate Army in a move that can only be termed the Nazification of the Confederacy.” There are clear similarities between the Sons of Confederate Veterans’ worldview and Webb’s. For one thing, they share an unhealthy obsession with the past.”
Hey Richard Just – it’s called “conservatism.”
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