BlogWorld: Oct30. Over at Fox News their seasoned military analyst apparently induced a bit of pre-electoral shock syndrome in conservative icon Sean Hannity. Colonel David Hunt endorsed maverick Jim Webb over the Republican hope,George Allen. This contest, of course, has degenerated, thanks to the "pros," i.e. the consultants, handlers and slime artists. I suspect that both Webb and Allen secretly cringe at what's being done " in their behalf." George Allen is portrayed as a 'macocka racist, fixated on Confederate memorabilia' and Webb as a writer devoted to subjects of 'misogyny, filth, incest and sodomizing children.'....While endorsing neither candidate, gringoVision concedes that Jim Webb is so un-politician- like as to be interesting, even intriguing. The one or two times I delved into his writing I found it brutally realistic, but not in a really interesting way. The best writers can do the real ugly and yet somehow transcend it. I found Jim Webb stuck in it. However, that was long ago, his earlier work, and you have to assume that an older man, now with ex-wives and four grown children (one a soldier in Iraq, Anbar Province) must have developed beyond bang-bang and bar floozies. As for the 'vile' images that philistine opportunists are extracting from his books, well, hey, you could detail images from Nobel Prize winning novelist, William Faulkner, if you needed to slime Faulkner. How about the one with the snake slithering up leg of naked bound woman? Do you want to go there? You know what Southern writers are like. (Faulkner never ran for office, happy man.) Face it, ex-Marine Jim Webb, as a highly decorated Vietnam vet against the war in Iraq, is a godsend to the Soros-funded, Mother Sheehan-cheering and MSM-petted who see surrender or defeat as a higher form of patriotism. He's authentic. They don't have to make embarrassing excuses for a Vietnam vet like Senator John Kerry, who (after having himself filmed promotionally) left Vietnam after four months, receiving Purple Hearts for "wounds" he himself wrote up, one or two hardly more than scratches, if not self-inflicted. Webb still has shrapnel in a kidney and the base of his skull. Webb is essentially a social conservative who speaks (and writes) his mind. He even dared to raise the issue of women in war, the kind of boldness that can strangle a Washington career. Like gringoPerspectives, which supported the invasion--and Colonel David Hunt---Jim Webb has had grave doubts about the ensuing Bush strategy in Iraq. Unlike us, he opposed the war right from the get-go. (For a "solution" you won't hear from Dems who excel at polls, carping, 90% voting blocs and "Bush Lied," see Colonel Hunt's plan on How to Win in Iraq)....Webb, like or dislike him, ( I can do either or both) is something that's almost vanished from public life in today's Republic of Entitlement: a real warrior. He understands things that civilians can't, and often can't imagine either. (As a civilian who spent five years in the 'Nam, I don't mind saying that, and you may trust me or not.) Is Webb right for the U.S. Senate? I don't know, and would bet that he wonders himself. What most interests me about him is the fact that he's interesting. However, the Washington Post has done an insightful and intriguing feature on Webb and, on this recent anniversary of the 1983 Marine slaughter in Beirut (an event he covered for the MacNeil-Lehrer report), he's been very mum about the Washington Post's late Katherine Graham and her stunning revelation of media guilt.) How 'Semper Fi' is such silence to the memory of those Marines? Maybe Jim Webb, often known as a loose cannon, is now more of a real politician---more than anybody thought?