Jim Webb isn’t impressing me very much, and at this point he should be very worried about that. First, its bad enough that he writes smut and adult topics in his books, but that is really beside the point. True, it reflects poorly upon his character. But his reaction is worse.
Lets lay aside the point of Allen’s dignity in bringing it up at the end of a campaign. Webb should not have said that the one particular passage describing an oral sexual act was not, in fact, an oral sexual act. But it gets worse.
He dragged Lynne Cheney into the debate over a passage she wrote in a book of hers 25 years ago. Yes, her passage was somewhat racy, but it did not go into nearly the detail that Webb’s several passages did. More to the point, Lynne Cheney is not running for public office; she has no official power in regards to the law. Jim Webb wants to have that power.
Jim Webb wrote distasteful and smutty work. That was bad enough, as it reflected on his character. He then went on to attack someone totally unrelated to the issue his writings brought up, instead of admitting that his writing was smutty and not worth reading. This reflects worse on his character than does his writing, as he demonstrates that he is a blameshifter rather than a responsibility-taker.
At this late date, he has demonstrated to the undecided voters that he doesn’t have what it takes to be senator. Sometimes the most interesting things about October Surprises is the reaction people have to them.