Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb spoke with the Council on Foreign Relations (video below) after the first Dem presidential debate — and it was refreshing because he got to speak. Without Bernie Sanders to his side and Hillary Clinton center stage, Webb was able to be himself — that is, he didn’t have to choose between being “Mr. Angry” and a “potted plant,” as he put it. Those were his choices during the debate, he explained. “It’s very difficult to win a debate when you don’t have the opportunity to speak the same amount of time on issues as the other two did. It’s a reality that the debate was being portrayed as a showdown between Mrs. Clinton and Bernie.”
Webb is more than familiar with those two names; and he usually stands on equal ground with them, even working on bills closely with Sanders. But the media wanted the showdown and Webb got pushed to the side in his opinion. The decorated war veteran whose book, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, tells a gripping, uniquely American story will make a lot more noise in debate #2. The moderators stand warned to give him a wider berth. (Webb: the first debate “was rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor by the way that Anderson Cooper was selecting people to supposedly respond…”) At least Webb got more than nine minutes, which is what Lincoln Chafee received. Next debate is in Des Moines on November 14. Webb will command more time.