Democrat Jim Webb mulls independent run for president

Former Senator Jim Webb withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination for president, but may well rejoin the race in an independent. Ben Brody of Bloomberg reports:

On Saturday morning, Webb used Twitter and his Facebook page to attack Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her handling of Libya during her time as secretary of state.

https://twitter.com/JimWebbUSA/status/680750510236897280

The lengthy condemnation on Facebook, which said, among other things that "Clinton should be called to account for her inept leadership that brought about the chaos in Libya," came just days before the end of the year, which his team had previously told CNN would be reasonable time for them to make a decision about an independent bid.

Since dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination, Webb has continued to maintain his Webb2016 website, which he has updated with posts about the possibilities of an independent run. On Twitter, he and his fans have been promoting a #WebbNation hashtag.

A run by Webb, who often manages his own social media accounts and has also used them recently to promote a petition in favor of his run and to deliver kudos to Bernie Sanders in his battles with the Democratic National Committee ("nothing more than an arm for the Clinton campaign," Webb tweeted), could further complicate the already unpredictable 2016 election.

I would much rather see a Bernie Sanders independent run, which is possible given the animosity developing over DNC favoritism towards Hillary. Sanders would draw away support from Clinton’s left flank, meaning voters who have no likelihood of voting for the GOP nominee.

Web is a different story entirely.

Webb could well draw away anti-Hillary votes from the GOP nominee. While his stinging criticism of her will help diminish her vote total, there could be people who otherwise would vote for, say, Donald Trump or Marco Rubio that would instead vote for Webb.

Former Senator Jim Webb withdrew from the race for the Democratic nomination for president, but may well rejoin the race in an independent. Ben Brody of Bloomberg reports:

On Saturday morning, Webb used Twitter and his Facebook page to attack Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for her handling of Libya during her time as secretary of state.

https://twitter.com/JimWebbUSA/status/680750510236897280

The lengthy condemnation on Facebook, which said, among other things that "Clinton should be called to account for her inept leadership that brought about the chaos in Libya," came just days before the end of the year, which his team had previously told CNN would be reasonable time for them to make a decision about an independent bid.

Since dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination, Webb has continued to maintain his Webb2016 website, which he has updated with posts about the possibilities of an independent run. On Twitter, he and his fans have been promoting a #WebbNation hashtag.

A run by Webb, who often manages his own social media accounts and has also used them recently to promote a petition in favor of his run and to deliver kudos to Bernie Sanders in his battles with the Democratic National Committee ("nothing more than an arm for the Clinton campaign," Webb tweeted), could further complicate the already unpredictable 2016 election.

I would much rather see a Bernie Sanders independent run, which is possible given the animosity developing over DNC favoritism towards Hillary. Sanders would draw away support from Clinton’s left flank, meaning voters who have no likelihood of voting for the GOP nominee.

Web is a different story entirely.

Webb could well draw away anti-Hillary votes from the GOP nominee. While his stinging criticism of her will help diminish her vote total, there could be people who otherwise would vote for, say, Donald Trump or Marco Rubio that would instead vote for Webb.