Overwhelming Democratic Favorite Jim Webb to Drop Out of Race, No, How Could This Happen

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Reports began trickling out an hour ago that overwhelmingly popular Democratic candidate Jim Webb, a guy who a strong two percent of the base said they might consider voting for, will be leaving the Democratic primary race. An hour from now, he’s expected to rise from the ashes as an independent candidate and, yes, your next president. Definitely.

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Webb, a former Senator from Virginia and impatient white man, alternated his moments in the first debate complaining about how little time he was getting to answer questions and reminiscing about killing a guy. He was surprisingly hard for reporters to find. An hour from now, though, he’ll be on C-Span. Per the program summary, he is expected to end his Democratic campaign and then talk about “the 2016 campaign and his views of the political parties in the current election cycle.”

Until then, he’s busily retweeting the five or ten Americans who believe he’s their guy:

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In this brief moment between his, er, mellow Democratic campaign and his sure-to-be successful independent one, please consider Webb’s very sweet Twitter friendship with the guy everyone tweets at, thinking it’s him.

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Update, 1:20 p.m.:

Yeah, he’s dropping out, and maybe he’ll think about running as an Independent, if you’re good.

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Webb during the debate. Photo via AP Images

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fightingpolish
fighting polish, white sox rememberer

i like how he’s threatening an independent run, as if there’s a huge subset of voters clamoring for jim fucking webb to be president. “Hmmm I like the idea of a fiscal democrat who ALSO is uncomfortable with black voters AND wants to bomb the shit out of the Middle East. Jim Webb’s my guy.”

It also speaks to the issues with “independent” voters. Most people love the IDEA of a third party, but then they realize 1) your values probably lie fairly close to the Democratic/Republican split and 2) the only people who would run for a 3rd party are like, Jim Webb or fucking Michael Bloomberg.

Finally, [jerking off motion forever]