Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) remains among the gaggle of rumored Democrat presidential contenders who may opt to take on Hillary Clinton for the party’s crown, and his latest gamble could aid in that effort.
Webb’s gamble might help distinguish him from cookie-cutter Clinton rhetoric, according to The Washington Post. Jim Webb feels that there is an entire class of neglected white voters who’ve been ignored amid the class and race warfare so characteristic of liberal politics: white working men. As Webb detailed in a recent interview:
Democrats have for decades relied on ‘dog whistle’ politics of pandering to specific voter groups with phrases like ‘working class’ and ‘inner city’ with a focus on low-income and impoverished voters.
His rhetoric stands in clear opposition to this ideology that has increasingly dominated Democrat Party politics for over a decade. While the ‘first black president’ motif of the Obama regime lays ground for a ‘first woman president’ campaign, Webb offers the traditional, non-liberal white voters an option that does not presume they respond to that motif.
In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Diversity and the Myth of White Privilage,” Webb wrote similarly:
“Contrary to assumptions in the law, white America is hardly a monolith. And the journey of white American cultures is so diverse (yes) that one strains to find the logic that could lump them together for the purpose of public policy.”
If he runs for president in 2016, he will certainly provide a foil to what the Democrat party has offered voters for the last decade.