Thanks for all the passionate responses from my previous diary. I did not expect nearly 180 responses as of this writing. I'm starting another thread to address the why is Webb different than Hillary question. As I did not want my response to get lost among all the others.
But geez thanks for the passion! Its what makes this site so great!
Why Webb? Well who are the two politicians who fought against the Bush administrations biggest mistake the Iraq War? I mean the most mainstream politicians not far left guys like Dennis K. Although I do respect Dennis K. I would argue Obama and Webb. The two were against the war from the start and spoke about wasting lives and resources instead of focusing on keeping our troops safe, decimating Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, and addressing more pressing domestic issues.
You could certainly argue that it was easier for Obama and Webb to oppose the war because they never had to vote on it. Very true. But their voices helped raise opposition and bring in a new wave of Democrats in 06 and 08.
Hillary to me is part of the fake old guard. She vehemently supported the Iraq War from her initial votes and statements down to all the funding. Heck, she was on the Armed Services Committee at the time so surely she had access to good intelligence. At least Biden expressed some doubts and offered some solutions. Not Hillary, her position was no different than Bush.
So ask yourself this question: Do you really want someone with the same position on the Iraq War as Bush and the mainstream Republican party just because she has a D at the end of her name and her last name is Clinton?
Lets look for better alternatives. If we nominate her I think we will lose. Go for O'Malley, Webb, Biden, and others.
I don't think Warren, Baldwin, Booker, etc....and some of the other rising stars in the party are qualfied enough yet. However, they would make great VP candidates.
O'Malley/Booker or Webb/Booker would be great tickets.
Pragmatic and better foreign policy than Hillary (much closer to Obama's version)
Reasonable domestic policy. And I frankly think if immigration reform is passed and healthcare reform keeps plugging along that most of the country will be grateful and it will be very tough for Repubs to get back any part of the minority vote.
However Webb or O'Malley will be better able to win back some of the white male Romney voters Obama lost, more effectively than Hillary. Not that you should vote on the electable candidate but the one who is electable and would govern most effectively. The main reason I support Webb over Hillary is more willing to take a stand against the status quo as evidenced by opposition to Iraq.