“Penis in his Mouth” will probably not go over well in Virginia

Thursday, October 26, 2006
“– Lost Soldiers: “A shirtless man walked toward them along a mud pathway. His muscles were young and hard, but his face was devastated with wrinkles. His eyes were so red that they appeared to be burned by fire. A naked boy ran happily toward him from a little plot of dirt. The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boy’s penis in his mouth.”

Bantam Books, NY, 1st Edition, 2001, (hard cover), page 333.
Quote is from para. 10,.Chap. 34.”

via Drudge

The Democratic senatorial candidate in Virginia, James Webb, wrote the above words. And no, Mark Foley was not his co-author. Such rhetoric is disturbing even in a fictional setting. I think we can safely conclude that the incumbent George Allen should easily win reelection. The real question is this: will it prove devastating for Democratic Party candidates in other hotly contested races? I think this is highly probable. Many fence sitting Republicans could now decide to show up on election day. The odds of the GOP adding two more elected officials in the U.S. Senator are increasing. Am I too optimistic? Also, isn't it strange that Webb's most peculiar novels have been essentially ignored until today? The man, after all, is a modestly successful writer. Were the Virginian Democratic Party leaders truly oblivious to this bomb waiting to explode?


Rick Ballard said...

"Am I too optimistic?"

Yep. PA is gone and so is OH - this does nothing in either state. RI is barely in play and pork will be the only thing that might save Burns in MT. TN and MO are looking OK at the moment and this won't hurt in either but it won't help much either.

Porn and pork - who could ask for better issues upon which to decide who shall govern in the greatest forum on earth!

Is this country great or what?

David Thomson said...

"Yep. PA is gone and so is OH"

The fat lady hasn't yet sung. Sigh, I might be similar to the guy who fails to sense danger even when the train is just about to hit him. We will see.

Rick Ballard said...


Things could change if there were some good high quality pictures of Casey and Brown with live boys or dead girls available by Sunday.

I'm betting on something like that from the Dems though. They've been doing a better job in the dirt department up until this. Don't forget the potential for a backlash on this, either. There are no freebies when it comes to oppo research and Allen better be clean as a whistle.

Seneca the Younger said...

David, fist of all Webb is not a "modestly successful writer" with six major best-sellers and a couple of successful movies. And second, yeah, he wrote fiction in which naughty stuff happens. So what? It's not the job of fiction to be uniformly comforting and never disturb anyone.

Taking a disturbing scene from a book and flogging it --- especially calling it "porn" in this context --- is just a slimy maneuver that not even the NRO folks think is desirable. I'm very much not a fan of Webb, either fiction or as a politician, but this is as low as the guy in Louisiana who accused his opponent of being a "masticator" and his wife of being a "known thespian."

Rick Ballard said...


It really finishes any hopes that Allen may have about the White House. Coming back low after what was really an unforced error shows a lack of a number of things.

loner said...

Maybe it'll help—or hurt—in Jersey.

Coisty said...

A year or so ago I was told by pro-war folk at Roger Simon's site I didn't understand the "Scots-Irish" of America and if I remember correctly I was encouraged to read Born Fighting: How The Scots-Irish Shaped America by James Webb (now Democratic candidate for senator of Virginia).

Well, I've read it and it is a fine book. It makes me proud to belong to the same ethnic group that did so much to build America.

In recent weeks Republican George Allen has been hammering home that James Webb (former assistant Secretary of Defense and Navy under Ronald Reagan) opposes women in combat and Allen apparently thinks that that is not a conservative viewpoint. If it is now conservative to support the feminisation of the military then that should be a clear signal to all patriotic Americans - particulary Scots-Irish - that conservatism and the GOP have been hijacked. Neocons obsessed with the Middle East, who don't give a damn about America and the West, are responsible for this.

Feminism is one of the main causes of Western decline but now a supposed conservative from Virginia (of all places) believes that opponents of feminism are out of touch. It's a pity there were not more Democrats like Webb as they'd actually be a party worth voting for with men like him at the helm.

On Fox tonight they had an embarrassing report about Republicans claiming female characters in Webb's novels were mostly prostitutes and the like. Is that what George Allen has been reduced to? About a decade and a half ago I saw Allen on the old Phil Donahue show and was impressed by him. I remember thinking "that guy should run for president". I'm stunned by his sudden collapse. Talk about not being ready for prime time. I think you can take him out of the potential GOP 2008 presidential candidates even if he does get re-elected.

chuck said...

A commenter at ace of spades says he saw the same thing when he went to Vietnam with his wife and young son: an old villager put his son's penis in his mouth for a few seconds. Strange, but it may simply be one of those odd customs, not even fiction.

David Thomson said...

"So what? It's not the job of fiction to be uniformly comforting and never disturb anyone."

Being a fiction writer does not provide one with a blank check. James Webb's writings are still disturbing. They do provoke further questioning.

I do agree that George Allen is not ready for the presidency. He has probably gone as far as he can go. The "maccaca" incident minimally showed how his mouth can get him in trouble.

Seneca the Younger said...

Being a fiction writer does not provide one with a blank check.

Actually, yes it does. Remember in fiction writing you have to write about the bad guys too --- its entirely possible, even likely, that any fiction of any value will have characters doing things that the author thinks are bad or evil. Do you think JK Rowlings approves of keeping foundling children in a cupboard under the stairs?