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.