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He Just Doesn’t Get It

I’m in no mood to dump on George Allen today, but I just opened my mailbox here in Virginia and pulled out a piece of mail from the NRSC (and authorized by the Allen campaign) called “Remember Tailhook.” It features black-and-white images of young women who look like rape victims, and inside is a quasi-feminist attack on Jim Webb for having the guts to stand up for the Navy during one of its darkest political hours. The mailer also includes quotes from Webb’s now-famous 1979 article, in which he insists that women aren’t cut out for combat leadership. “Don’t forget,” says the NRSC, “If James Webb had his way, we’d send women back to a time when they weren’t respected, weren’t equal, and weren’t treated fairly.”

Oh, please. On NRO, we’ve criticized this strategy, saying that Allen should make the case that Webb is too liberal–not too insensitive–for Virginia.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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