The Democrats’ loss
Former senator Jim Webb’s (D-Va.) withdrawal from the Democratic presidential primary campaign is a loss for the Democratic Party [“Webb exits Democratic presidential race, will weigh run as independent,” news, Oct. 21]. Although the erratic nature of Mr. Webb’s career moves must share the blame for his lack of political traction, the short shrift that he was given by self-anointed “progressive” pundits reflects the shallowness of their political awareness.
Mr. Webb is not without ability or morality, and his response on behalf of the Democratic Party to the 2007 State of the Union address by then-President George W. Bush is one of the great political speeches of the 21st century.
Richard Joffe, New York