“– 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.”
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?
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