Remember the old saying, “If a tree falls in the woods and there’s nobody around, does it make a sound?” It’s an age-old philosophic argument. Well, there is a corollary to it. “If a candidate that’s getting no votes drops out of a presidential race, will it matter to anyone besides his wife?” The answer to that simple question is “NO!” In fact, there may be some question as to whether or not the spouse may give a crap about it.
And so, Jim Webb, former Senator from the great commonwealth of Virginia drops out of the race for a presidential nomination. It was a race that quite frankly, he had no business being in. I mean, for cryin’ out loud, I have a better chance of getting the friggin’ nomination than Webb did. The only difference is he’s won a state-wide election before and outside of my little enclave (and even to most in it), no one knows who the hell I am.
Webb, interestingly enough, did leave the door open for an independent run for the White House. Now THERE is what I would call the most sincere form of optimism. You gotta figure that Webb realizes he isn’t getting any support at all from his party, so instead of retiring to Virginia, he decides that maybe, just maybe, he’ll become the first elected independent candidate in history? Especially when people like Teddy Roosevelt, John Anderson, and Ross Perot couldn’t do it? Yeah, that’s got a chance.
Fact of the matter is, most of the people in the race on both sides of the political spectrum should probably drop out. On the Democrat side, Hillary and Bernie are the only two in it so far (unless Biden gets in) that have any shot of winning the nomination. O’Malley and Chafee are taking up oxygen. On the Republican side, you could say the same for Lindsay Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, and Mike Huckabee all might as well follow Webb’s lead. The most any of them have is like, 4% of the vote and that’s Huckabee. The rest are sucking more sewer water than the Roto Rooter man.
At this point, it’s all a money game. The name of the game is to stay in the race until you get to the primary stage because that’s really when the fun starts. To drop out now really isn’t a lot of fun for anybody, but the fact of the matter is, there really aren’t that many people who have a legitimate shot of winning it. Of course, three months ago, we were saying the same thing about Ben Carson…but he’s an anomaly. The guys that were listed above are all “real” politicians that frankly don’t have a chance in hell of doing anything except trying to raise cash to get to the next town in Iowa.
At least if Jim Webb runs as an independent, he can say he made it on the presidential ballot. That’s IF he has the cash on hand to actually file all of his paperwork in all 50 states!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!