Find­ing snails

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

It has been a stress­ful cou­ple of months for newly elected Vir­ginia Demo­cratic Sen. James H. Webb Jr., who is catch­ing his breath af­ter a whirl­wind cam­paign, be­ing sworn into of­fice, in­tro­duc­ing his first leg­is­la­tion, chang­ing the di­a­pers of his new­born daugh­ter, Ge­or­gia LeAnh, and mov­ing into a new home.

“That’s a lot for any 60-yearold,” ac­knowl­edges a close friend of for­mer Sen. Ge­orge Allen, who re­veals it has been equally stress­ful for the Vir­ginia Repub­li­can, who went from be­ing a con­tender for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for pres­i­dent in 2008 to con­tem­plat­ing his fu­ture via strolls on a beach.

“[He] is en­joy­ing quiet walks with his fam­ily along the shores of the Po­tomac River,” this col­umn was told on Jan. 9. “On one re­cent stroll, they dis­cov­ered a beach, and his eight-year-old daugh­ter [Brooke] found, to her de­light, snails. Some­times, get­ting out of the rat race brings great re­sults.”

Mr. Allen, no doubt, would have pre­ferred to depart the rat race un­der his own terms, al­though he did tell the Wash­ing­ton Busi­ness Jour­nal in a 1998 in­ter­view: “I think it’s healthy to get out of gov­ern­ment. If you stay in too long, you lose track of re­al­ity and the real world.”

Mr. Allen has kept mum about his place in the real world, say­ing only that there have been sev­eral over­tures.

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