The Weird, Wild Novels of Democratic Presidential Candidate Jim Webb

by Rachel Baker on November 24, 2014

So…I think this might lead to some awkwardness in the next two years, and that’s why I’m putting it here now, so I don’t have to talk about it later.

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The Weird, Wild Novels of Democratic Presidential Candidate Jim Webb .

Obviously, Webb should not be judged for the weird shit he put in his books, but elections are a zero-sum game, and with Webb now officially in the race, I’m willing to bet that the sentence “The man grabbed his young son in his arms, turned him upside down, and put the boy’s penis in his mouth” will resurface. I’ll keep harping on this forever, but Barack Obama was criticized for eating a specific? type of lettuce, so if you don’t think we’ll be reminded how a candidate wrote about a man putting his son’s penis in his mouth—something Webb says he actually witnessed in real life—then you live in a better world than this one.

Webb’s career extends beyond his novels and military service. Besides his Senate stint, he was Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy from 1987 to 1988. Every possible Democratic candidate will be judged in terms of the alternative they offer to Hillary Clinton, and Webb’s brand is centrist, anti-war, and working-class.

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