Everyone's a blogger (even George Allen)

Everyone's a blogger (even George Allen)

It’s not so much a "If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em" situation. For former Virginia Senator George Allen, who lost his seat in 2006 after video of him using a racial epithet permeated the blogosphere, it’s more of a "If you get beaten to a bloodied political pulp by ’em, join ’em" deal.


Get yer daily George Allen fix by reading his blog: It’s totally inspirational.

That’s right, George Allen has a blog. A picture banner at the top scrolls through several images: the politically requisite family shot, the Southern-man’s-man NASCAR photo, one with George and wife gazing into each other’s eyes, and…wait, is that…yes, it’s the Senator with The King himself, Richard Petty! The writing, for a blog, well, it’s not too darned bad.

Allen evidently writes his own posts on georgeallen.com, which is admirable since a lot of pols hand off the task to the geekier of staff members. The tone of them is, how do you say, all over the friggin place. He can go from standard politician speak ("In no way do I wish to disparage the many honorable public servants serving on these newly created regional boards who will make important decisions to improve transportation in their regions.") to a style that draws its influence from early Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure ("This was a most memorable day").

Allen’s subjects range from football to the Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference, at which he spoke. But one of the most enjoyable stretches came in July, when Allen hit the road, driving through the South with his son Forrest. He doesn’t miss a chance to hand down life lessons at different stops. "After pouring rain storms, we are nearing San Antonio to see the inspirational Alamo. Crockett, Bowie and those who stood for Texas independence and freedom is truly one of the most meaningful historic moving examples for me. Lesson is —it’s not how long you live in life, but rather what you do with your time here on earth."

Oh, and also: "I observed 2 Lessons for the boys from learning re history of Texas independence…: 1. People naturally want their government close to them which understands and reflects their views, values and concerns for action, service or not. 2. It shows what happens when Mexico did not control its borders thereby allowing non-Mexicans to move in."

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