The Democrats’ loss

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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