Via Wonkette comes the news that former Virginia senator and mutterer of racist exotica George Allen is going to be writing a book, and that book is going to be titled The Triumph Of Character. This, naturally, raises the question: What does George Allen know about character and/or triumph and/or writing books? Who knows? But with every GOP contender for 2012 quitting his job or taking off on foreign sexcapades or being named "Haley Barbour," the time is not right for George Allen to Establish A Narrative(TM) and bring his Bold, New Ideas(TM) to the political conversation.
But what a narrative! Wonkette has the publisher's description of the book, which I'm recommending for next year's online blog-book craze "Extremely Finite Summer":
In The Triumph of Character, Allen brings together two all-American passions--politics and sports--and reveals what Washington could learn from the enduring principles found in athletic competition and team sports. Having spent the better part of his life with one foot in both the world of sports and the world of politics, Allen will draw parallels and contrasts between the two arenas. Using his own engaging and entertaining personal stories, Allen will illustrate how "characters with character" in the meritocracy of sports can provide principled, competitive examples of the ways to surmount challenges facing America.
Politico's Ben Smith makes note of the way the book will put Allen's "football...prowess at UVA" to good use, but I think I'd better point out that in terms of UVA Football, "prowess" is a relative term.
As near as I can tell, Allen was the quarterback of the UVA football team in 1972 and 1973, very much before the time frame known by UVA Students as the "George Welsh Era," which is also known as "The Era Where UVA Stopped Sucking Out Loud, Tremendously, At Football." The Cavaliers posted 4-7 records during Allen's time there, which actually were some boom years for Virginia, if we're talking about the 1970s. That said, this was back during the time that Virginia fans used to celebrate each, rare, first down by getting blinding drunk and then puking all over each other, for weeks and weeks, just the way founder Thomas Jefferson intended.
Anyway, I can't wait for the "Macaca" chapter, because remember, this book is about the triumph of character, people.