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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Earth To Webb

I once described our junior senator here in the commonwealth as suffering from a severe case of megalomania, brought on by uncontrollable delusions of grandeur - and macaca.

My hypothesis gains credibility this morning with this bit of disturbing news:

Senator’s Aide Held on Gun Charge
By Carl Hulse, The New York Times

Washington, March 26 — A close aide to Senator Jim Webb, Democrat of Virginia, was arrested on Monday and jailed after trying to take a loaded handgun into a Senate office building, officials said.

The aide, identified by Mr. Webb’s office as Phillip Thompson, 45, had a semiautomatic, 9 millimeter pistol and two magazines that were discovered after he put his bag through an X-ray machine at an entrance to the Russell Senate Office Building, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, a spokeswoman for the United States Capitol Police. Mr. Thompson faces felony charges of carrying a pistol without a license and possessing an unregistered firearm and unregistered ammunition.

Another Congressional official briefed on the case said the aide had told the authorities that Mr. Webb gave him the pistol while being dropped at the airport and that he inadvertently took it to the Capitol complex. (link)
What in God's name is this all about?
Is someone out to get him?
Is Webb's life in danger?
Does he know something about national security - or the lack thereof - that we don't know?
Should the rest of us be packing too when we travel?
Is he writing another novel? Is he acting out some role? Is his mind off in another dimension?

Noun: megalomania megulow'meyneeu
1. A mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.
2. Psycopathy.