In the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican George Allen and Democratic challenger Jim Webb, the Allen campaign has worked hard to pigeonhole Webb as the “Hollywood” candidate. Millions have now seen the video of Sen. Allen speaking in Breaks a few weeks ago, in which he tells the crowd that Webb is in Los Angeles at the moment, raising money from “a bunch of Hollywood movie moguls.”
These attacks are ironic, given that Allen was actually raised to adulthood in Los Angeles, whereas Webb is simply a successful novelist who is producing a movie based on one of those books. Wonkette yesterday featured the Allens’ bizarre family portrait, which portrays them lounging on a beach that sure looks like Malibu; it sure ain’t Virginia beach. Allen’s attacks along these lines seem almost defensive.
Whenever a candidate preemptively attacks a personality trait or background characteristic of his opponent, that often indicates that the candidate himself is vulnerable in the same area. The Washington Post today reported on a new study that seems to bear this out.
Sen. Allen has raised 452% more than Webb from the entertainment industry. Let’s visualize that.
Sen. Allen held a fundraiser in Los Angeles just last month, right around the time he was going after Webb for doing the same thing.
I hope that political reporters will keep this in mind in the two months ahead. When quoting Allen campaign manager Dick Wadhams referring to Webb as a “wealthy Hollywood movie producer,” it is necessary to provide the balance of pointing out that Allen has raised far, far more money than Webb from Hollywood.
10:30pm Update: The Ditzy Democrats demand satisfaction for having broken this story two weeks ago. You be the judge.