There are better options. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) coming up from Oklahoma to Massachusetts brings a country karma the Northeast sorely needs. Mudcat and fellow Democratic political strategist Steve Jarding wrote a prescient book in 2006 titled Foxes in the Henhouse: How the Republicans Stole the South and the Heartland and What the Democrats Must Do to Run 'em Out. They issued a warning that if the Democrats became a party of urban needs and attitudes and ignored the heartland, it could destroy the party. We are seeing that play out today with rural groups and red states coalescing. And since then, the Tea Party has risen, fulfilling the authors’ prognosis in 2008 when the Democrats chose to strategically go without the “futile pandering to America’s most conservative voters” by “whistling past Dixie.”
So may I suggest that if the Democrats don’t come around to their own Jacksonian and Jeffersonian roots — American patriarchs now commandeered by the right — the country could fall apart.
Schweitzer, a “live free or die” Democrat, would make a great president and would save the Democratic Party from its burdensome and pretentious sociology and its noxious urban hipster persona. I fully expect a good an important Democratic ticket in 2016. I hope to see Warren, Schweitzer, Warner and Webb apply. But now we are seeing the rigid regionalization of politics into red states and blue states.
If this be our fate, we might embrace it. In 2016, let the states have the president they voted for: New York and New Jersey would get Hillary Clinton, the 30 states in the middle maybe get Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), while California recedes to the sticky neverwhere.
One size does not fit all, and this way everyone gets what they want.
Webb would be a great president. But he would also be a very good first governor of Appalachia.