Jim Webb should have stayed in the GOP. He could run in 2012 for president. He has that quality.
He has GOP presidential candidate qualities. Specifically, he is this century's Bob Dole.
In fact, he really needs to work on, "I'm Jim Webb." And "Jim Webb doesn't cotton to . . ." More so the second. He needs to begin referring to himself in third person like Bob Dole. "Jim Webb didn't grow up with all the fancy stuff . . ."
I don't hate Bob Dole, to be clear. But watching Webb at the Senate Veterans Affairs hearing today reminded me of how much Bob Dole could get on my nerves in 2006 when he was running opposite Bill Clinton (Clinton was the incumbent running for re-electionin 1996). I used to run from the TV. Not only did Bob Dole refer to himself in third person, he couldn't stop talking about himself. Not in terms of, "This is my idea for . . ." But in terms of, "I did this when I was this old and that when I was that old . . ." Bob Dole came off like Forest Gump. And that's how Jim Webb comes off as well. Forever talking about himself. That was Jim Webb at the hearing. We really didn't need to know so much about you, Webb. We certainly didn't need to hear you go on applauding yourself at length. I feel I need to say that because if anyone had ever said it before, I doubt Webb would have behaved like that today.
Even when supposedly talking of others, he was still self-stroking. "Like myself, Tony, you started as a staff person . . ." He was speaking to Antohny Principi on the second panel. But these 'biographical' moments popped up throughout the hearing.
"We must maintain the integrity of our compensation system" he insisted at another point as he struggled to turn his weak issue into something of merit.
His big beef: He doesn't believe there was very much Agent Orange used in Vietnam and he doesn't believe that Vietnam veterans should be compensated for exposure to Agent Orange. Can he prove that they're not sick as a result of their exposure? No. And their conditions and symptoms are in keeping with exposure to Agent Orange. So you give the benefit of the doubt.
Unless you're Jim Webb. In that case, you attack, snarl and try to pretend it's normal for an over 40 year old male to have a cracking voice. Scary thought: What if Jim Webb hasn't yet gone through puberty?
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"