If my crappy Twitter feed is to be believed, most Democrats who watched tonight’s debate were not impressed with the performance of former Virginia Senator “Hacksaw” Jim Webb. Lefty sites like Salon.com tossed around terms such as “petulant” and “obtuse” in regard to his complaints about not getting equal speaking time. Others simply (and often hilariously) poked fun at his overall awkwardness:
The animosity toward Webb makes sense, given the fact that he leans far to the right of the majority of people who vote in the Democratic primary. He’s basically the Democratic equivalent of Republican John Kasich… except for the fact that Kasich has yet to make a joke about the time he killed a guy in the jungle. Webb, on the other hand, has already checked that box.
When asked to name an enemy that they were proudest to have made during their careers, most candidates responded with political foes such as the NRA. But not Big Jim. The decorated Vietnam veteran chose to call out the silly S.O.B. who thought he could throw a grenade at Jim Webb and get away with it:
“I’d have to say the enemy soldier that threw their grenade that wounded me,” Webb said. “But he’s not around right now to talk to.”
Damn! This dude’s been dead for 46 years, and Webb is still (as the kids who have never heard of Vietnam would say) throwing shade! But considering Webb won the Navy Cross for his actions, I guess it’s understandable.
[Webb] approached a third bunker and was preparing to fire into it when the enemy threw another grenade. Observing the grenade land dangerously close to his companion, First Lieutenant Webb simultaneously fired his weapon at the enemy, pushed the Marine away from the grenade, and shielded him from the explosion with his own body. Although sustaining painful fragmentation wounds from the explosion, he managed to throw a grenade into the aperture and completely destroy the remaining bunker.
Say what you will about Jim Webb, but he’s the only candidate who’s willing to go on stage and crack jokes about the men he’s killed. How many dudes have you iced, Martin O'Malley?
(H/T: Business Insider)