Jim Webb may need to work on his name recognition. He dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, favoring a run as an independent candidate as opposed to dropping out of the race entirely. This prompted everyone I saw commenting on this to say: “Who?”
Seriously, I vaguely remember hearing about this guy. I haven’t taken the time I usually do to familiarize myself with candidates as of yet because there are still a bajillion of them right now and I usually wait until the field narrows just a tiny bit. Still, I only vaguely remember who this guy is. He was in the recent debate, which is probably the only reason I’d heard of him at all. Most people I saw commenting didn’t even remember that.
So how’s that independent run going to go?
I mean, an independent presidential run is extremely difficult in this country. I’m not sure one has ever won the presidency. Regardless of your opinion on the two parties, you have to recognize what a battle independents have for president. Getting on the ballot in all the states is a tremendous battle, but getting enough attention to be even mildly significant is even harder. Ross Perot? Ralph Nader? They fell way, way short and they had immense amounts more recognition than Jim Webb.
He had little enough hope as it stands now of getting the presidency through one of the party tickets. An independent run seems downright impossible.
Jim better improve the number of Americans who know who the heck he is to even have the slimmest of chances. It’s either that or go back to Dragnet. I bet Joe Friday could use his help.