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Jim Webb, Former Bored Senator, to Run for President

Jim Webb, the former senator from Virginia who grew bored, frustrated, and uninterested in the Senate after one term, announces he’s running for president in 2016:

In his 14-minute video, he begins with the trite stance that “Americans want solutions, not rhetoric.”

Later he does make a point not heard quite so often in Democratic presidential primaries:

Travel to the Appalachian Mountains where my own ancestors settled in, and whose cultural values I still share, and view the poorest counties in America — who happened to be more than 90 percent white, and who live in the reality that ‘if you’re poor and white, you’re outta sight.’ We cannot sit idly by and accepted that such economic and power divisions are permanent. The Democratic party used to be the place where people like these could come, not for a handout, but for honest respectable handshake, good full-time jobs, quality education, health care they can afford, and a vital overriding reassurance that we are all in this together.

Then again, six years ago, we elected a Democratic senator who found the Senate boring, and we see how that turned out.

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