Glenn points out that Donald Trump might end up with DINO James Webb on a fusion ticket, presumably (If I dare presume anything this election cycle) as a disgruntled third party:
Webb would bolster Trump’s weak foreign policy/national security credentials, and help pull Democrats away from Hillary, probably without alienating many GOP voters.
Obviously that depends on where Trump wants to hunt for national votes. Trump is currently posing as a moderate Republican who is an uber-hawk on immigration and there are signs he is picking up a lot of working class Democrat votes with that message. Does he pick up more than he loses as a third party candidate by reaching right towards, e.g., Sen. Jeff Sessions? Or could he pin down centrist disaffected working class voters with Webb? Or could Trump even pick Webb as the formal Republican nominee, after Webb proudly switches parties, so that Republicans have as their standard bearers two Democrats for the price of one?
I've lost track of the boundaries of political reality at this point - the last two Republican nominees are denouncing their parties front-runner, the front-runner thinks the last Republican President should have been impeached, and its not even springtime.
Well. As to Trump's signature issue, Webb seems to have evolved a bit within the confines of his party but he could pass himself off as a wifty immigration hawk (see "On The Issues"), so that won't impede his possible mind-meld with Trump.
Fire from the left:
Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is now the fifth Democrat to enter the 2016 presidential campaign. He has been more conservative than most Democrats on the issue of immigration policy while in the Senate, and as a Presidential candidate remains fairly vague about what he would do to reform our immigration system.
The author says "vague" as if its a bad thing.
When he ran for the Senate in 2006, Webb stated on his campaign website that it was “necessary” to fix our outdated immigration system but focused on an enforcement-first strategy calling for securing the border before working on any other aspects of the outdated system. As a Senator he helped block the 2007 McCain-Kennedy immigration reform bill by voting no on a procedural motion that would have brought the bill to a full vote. However, by 2010 he had loosened up some by supporting the DREAM Act when it came up for a vote in the Senate.
Since the end of Webb’s Senate career, the immigration debate has shifted, and seemingly so has Webb’s rhetoric on immigration. Lately he discussed backing a more comprehensive approach to immigration reform however, but remains skeptical and uncommitted to the executive actions President Obama took on immigration last November.
So some yays and some boos. And as Trump, or someone, has said, history is bunk. Trump declared himself to be pro-choice and in favor of the assault weapon ban in 1999 but no one cares. Trump-Webb would be one more game of 52 pick-up in a season full of them.