Will the Webbies who have been gleefully basking in their mudbath join us NOW in calling for some civility? Webb is hardly the kind of person who is going to have a squeaky-clean background, after all -- if you read his books, you have to realise that authors have to find inspiration from SOME WHERE for their characters.
I didn't want this to happen. I begged us all to stop a week ago, but the Webb campaign and their paid bloggers and supporters couldn't quit while they were ahead. There's going to be other people out their who have no real axe to grind against Webb, but just feel like the playing field should be level.
Anyway, from the story "Webb Denies EVER Using Word as Epithet" (how else can you use it?):
Cragg, 67, who lives in Fairfax County, said on Wednesday that Webb described taking drives through the black neighborhood of Watts, where he and members of his ROTC unit used racial epithets and pointed fake guns at blacks to scare them.
"They would hop into their cars, and would go down to Watts with these buddies of his," Cragg said Webb told him. "They would take the rifles down there. They would call them [epithets], point the rifles at them, pull the triggers and then drive off laughing. One night, some guys caught them and beat . . . them. And that was the end of that."
Ah, youthful indiscretion. I bet the Webbies could defend this if they hadn't called for a resignation over the casual use of the n-word in an alleged conversation about turtles.
Cragg said Webb told him the Watts story during a 1983 interview for a Vietnam veterans magazine. Cragg, who described himself as a Republican who would vote for Allen, did not include the story in his article. He provided a transcript of the interview, but the transcript does not contain the ROTC story. He said he still remembers the exchange vividly more than 20 years later.
I could say something about that, but since the webbies at NLS have told me my opinion is worthless in these matters, I'll let them have a crack at it. I will say that a sit-down interview 22 years ago with specifics about what was said at least is easier to discuss than the vague "he said the n-word" from 10 years earlier.
Webb, who is in Texas for fundraising events, did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Todd said Webb denied the allegations in a conversation with her.
A lot of Virginians in Texas? Maybe Webb chose the wrong time to leave the state, right after telling the Washington Post he wanted voters to learn about "the real me".
"He said it's not true. It's not even close to being true," Todd said. She quoted Webb as saying: "In 1963, you couldn't go to Watts and do that kind of thing. You'd get killed. So of course I didn't do it. I would never do that. I would never want to do that."
Cragg didn't saywhether Webb actually DID it, he just says Webb TOLD him he did it, and used the n-word describing it:
Cragg, a former Army sergeant major, described himself as a longtime friend of Webb's who worked for him when he was assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan. Cragg said he approached the Allen campaign through a friend after hearing Webb's answer to the Times-Dispatch reporter's question about using the N-word.
"The fact is he has. He used it in my presence," Cragg said. "I don't think he's a racist any more than George Allen is. But he's not frank in admitting that he grew up in a culture where that was common and he used it."
Anyway, this certainly meets Larry Sabato's seal of approval -- since Webb SAID he had never used the word "as an epithet", I guess it's fair game to trot out people who say otherwise. The guy says he was a friend of Webb's -- and Webb did give him a long interview for a book, plus Webb didn't deny knowing him.
I'd ignore this story, if it wasn't for the crap the left has been throwing around in this campaign. It could well be true -- it certainly sounds like something that could have happened in the late 60s, and the getting beat up is plausible. But I don't care what Webb said 20 years ago, I care about what bad things he would do to Virginia and our Country as a Senator.
And I don't mean as a womanizer or racist, I mean by voting based on the few positions he has voiced so far, like shutting down the billion-dollar bases we built in Iraq to keep our troops safe, and redeploying them to Jordan and Kuwait so the terrorists start tearing up THOSE countries and we end up with two more unstable governments -- plus having to spend billions more to build bases and redeploy the troops.
Anyway, is this what the Webb supporters wanted for their Senate Race? I guess, and now we have it, whether I like it or not.
For the record, I will note that I am NOT dancing a jig, or shouting "in your face" or otherwise spitting on my colleagues on the other side. This makes me sick, it should have made you sick, and maybe by the time this is over we'll all be throwing up on the sidewalk after voting for our candidates.
Because like the Post said, this isn't going to get any better, unless the two candidates get together and put a stop to it.
oh, I can't end on that note. So I'll include this little bit of more humorous tit-for-tat, something I DO enjoy because it's campaign chatter, not the destruction of human beings. Webb's campaign spokesperson Todd says:
"They are pathetic individuals. They are beneath it. They are slime," she said. "Here we are trying to talk about the issues. They are completely and totally desperate."
I mean, that's funny, right, given her candidate isn't here discussing the issues, he's off in Texas trying to raise money. And then LaCivita responds:
Allen campaign officials declined to comment on Cragg's story. But political adviser Chris LaCivita responded to Todd's criticism. "They wouldn't know an issue if it hit them square in the face," he said.