Friday, October 27, 2006

Jim Webb Controversy

Late last night the Drudge Report published a press release from George Allen campaign that quoted several passages that Allen's opponent for US Senate, Jim Webb, had written in fictional novels.

The bulk of these novels as I understand it are fictional war stories, usually centered around Vietnam War vets. I won't go through the quotes here because many of them are just simply beyond what I would want to repeat as a decent person. If you want to read them, go read them at Drudge's site here.

Webb's obvious defense is going to be that these were simply works of fiction. Which, being someone who grew up with a great respect for the arts I can understand as a defense. But that doesn't excuse one simple fact. The way in which he portrays war veterans, and women. War veterans are shown to be incestuous pedophiles. Women are similarly portrayed but Webb also adds the portrayal of being "servile, subordinate, inept, incompetent, promiscuous, perverted, or some combination of these" (Allan Campaign Press Release).

So what is Webb going to do?

And here's a good hypothetical question. What if it was the Republican Allen who wrote these passages rather than his Democratic opponent? My theory is they would be handcuffing Allen to Folley and send them both to a rehab center. But what will the press be doing here with Webb?