Reading your own words back to you isn't smear, it's reporting.
In an interview on Washington Post Radio Friday morning, Jim Webb, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia, said excerpts of his novels are "a little bit inappropriate" to be read on news radio.
"I don't know why you're reading that on WTOP," Webb told host Mark Plotkin. "I think it's a little bit inappropriate."
Plotkin was reading an excerpt from Webb's novel "Something to Die For," in which Webb describes a female stripper performing sexual acts with a banana.
Among the excerpts is a scene from the 2002 novel "Lost Soldiers," in which a man embraces his four-year-old son and places the boy's penis in his mouth.
Webb said the release of the excerpts was "a Karl Rove campaign tactic" and a "classic example of the way this campaign has worked. It's smear after smear."
The Post adds, deep in their mistitled article:
Webb should follow ex-Congressman Mark Foley's example - drop out and check himself into rehab.
"Jim Webb right now is spending time defending himself, defending his honor against an attack that suggests he writes really salacious, disgusting things," said Mark Rozell, a professor of politics at George Mason University. "That can't be good at all."
Andrea Lafferty, the executive director of the Traditional Values Conference, issued a statement calling for Webb to withdraw and said she was personally "sickened" by what she read.
"Mr. Webb had total control over which words he wrote into his book," Lafferty wrote Friday. "He chose to write about the basest sexual acts rather than use the books as an opportunity to present something which was uplifting or illuminating."
In the mean time, just remember, if Webb asks for a banana split, run away.
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