Odd timing for a Thursday afternoon before a major holiday weekend. Then again, nobody pays me as a campaign consultant so I’ll shut up. As of today, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is running for the 2016 Democratic nomination, as stated in his email announcement to various media.

Report from NBC News:

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced in an email Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president.

“I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money,” Webb said in the email.

“But our country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us,” he added.

Webb will likely be the last Democrat to challenge frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Rhode Island Sen. Lincoln Chafee have all announced 2016 campaigns in recent months.

As noted by the story, this will likely round out the list of challengers to Hillary Clinton unless someone else, like Joe Biden, decides to launch a campaign later in the Summer. As it stands, Webb, O’Malley, and Chafee are sharing the bottom of the polling barrel, while Bernie Sanders seems to be surging. Hillary Clinton, of course, still leads them all quite handily.

At least there will be five candidates which is enough to fill out a debate stage.


  1. Yes, yes Senator Webb’s campaign style can be aggravating (wasted announcement news cycle). But, and it’s a big but, He was Born Fighting and has been tested on the Fields of Fire. Strap on the combat boots and MARCH! Jim MARCH! Let’s also consider that (* represents state with open primaries; # represents state won by Governor Romney, & represents swing states) Iowa& is made for retail politics, at which Senator Webb excels. Then it’s on to New Hampshire*&, South Carolina*#, and Nevada&. Then, Super Tuesday has Alabama*#, Arkansas*#, Colorado caucuses&, Georgia*#, Massachusetts*, Minnesota caucuses, North Carolina*#&, Oklahoma#, Tennessee*#, Texas*#, Vermont*, and Virginia*&. That’s 11 open primaries, 7of which are red states with the potential for “Reagan Democrats” and mischievous anti-HRC republicans to join common sense voters in support of Senator Webb, and 4 swing states with the same dynamics, plus his home swing state. This schedule can provide Senator Webb the force he needs to defeat the Empire.

  2. Yes, why did Webb “bury” his announcement, when it would not get any media coverage?

    It could be that he felt that the Hillary people would find a way to undermine him, so it didn’t matter.

    OR maybe he saw the total fiasco of the Donald Trump circus announcement, and was afraid there’d be a media “hangover” that would tarnish him, too.

    • Yeah.. I can’t figure it out. An EMAIL ANNOUNCEMENT! Maybe Hillary can get away with a social media announcement since she’s well-known, but Webb?

      Perhaps this is more about a bid for the VP spot than the top spot..

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