In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Reagan administration veteran-turned-Democratic senator from Virginia turned short-term presidential candidate Jim Webb said twice that he could not support Hillary Clinton if she won the Democratic nomination for president.Webb has veered back and forth between the parties searching for a program that would help the people he sees as his own, the ordinary white folks in Appalachia. He hates Wall Street as much as Bernie Sanders but on the other hand is a nationalist who supports a strong defense and has little time for the problems of immigrants, trans people, and other groups beloved of liberals. Plus, he's a crank who despises most other politicians. If a sophisticated crank like Webb is thinking of supporting Trump, surely many unsophisticated cranks will as well.
“No, I would not vote for Hillary Clinton,” Webb said.
Pressed on whether he would vote for Donald Trump, Webb said he was “not sure” but had not ruled it out.
“It’s nothing personal about Hillary Clinton, but the reason Donald Trump is getting so much support right now is not because of the, you know, ‘racists,’ etc. and etc.,” Webb said. “It’s because a certain group of people are seeing him as the only one who has the courage to say, ‘We’ve got to clean out the stables of the American governmental system right now.’ If you're voting for Donald Trump, you might be getting something very good or very bad. If you’re voting for Hillary Clinton, you’re going to get the same thing. Do you want the same thing?”
I have been reading pieces lately about political insiders gaming out how many Senate and House seats the Democrats would win if Trump is the nominee, but I don't believe it. Those insiders have been misunderestimating Trump since day one, and so far as I can see they still don't get it.
Incidentally the Washington Post piece I linked to at the top is by Dave Weigel, so he is back writing for the Post. He worked for them before, and I thought he was the best young political reporter in America. But they fired him in 2010 after a silly scandal in which he was caught complaining in a reporters' chat room about how stupidly conservatives were acting over something, which was held to prove he was not "objective." To supply some pro-conservative "balance" the Post hired Jennifer Rubin, an all-around idiot, which just compounded the folly. But as I just discovered from wikipedia, the Post hired him back to cover the 2016 election.