How Kool Aid is manufactured
Ryan Lizza's write up of Jim Webb is so bad it is embarrassing.
In his senatorial race, Webb did well not only in northern Virginia, which is filled with Washington commuters and college-educated liberals, but also with rural, working-class white voters in Appalachia.
No. As this map indicates, Webb got clobbered in Appalachia, except a few places were the United Mine Workers were able to pull him across the finish line. Webb was counting on Lizza being willing to take his word for it, and Webb was right. Webb's characterization of his senate record is completely false, but you would have to do actual work to know that, so I don't suppose there is much possibility of anyone calling him on it.
And that is what the entire Presidential election will be, dueling press releases and manufactured controversy.