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August 22, 2006

Allen campaign manager retracts apology for racial slur

Turns out that George Allen isn't really sorry for calling a person of color a monkey. In a memo, Allen's campaign manager identifies the real culprits: Democrats, the media, and MoveOn.org.

MyDD has posted the memo in its entirety. Highlights follow:

Even after Senator Allen apologized to the Webb campaign staffer in specific [sic], and to anyone who may have been offended in general, the news media continued to print and re-print the same speculations and inaccurate portrayals of Senator Allen's comments. Never in modern times has a statewide officeholder and candidate been so vilified in a desperate attempt to revive a campaign that was fast-sinking - the Webb campaign.

He apologized for his inappropriate behavior, and the media continued to report that he had something to apologize for. Shocking! What kind of journalist won't take an insincere apology when it's offered?

Senator Allen has said that his comments were a mistake. Who among us has not made mistakes? In fact, how many of us could put in the hours of work, travel, meetings, campaigning, etc. that Senator Allen has over the years and make as few mistakes as he has?

It's a totally understandable mistake. Who hasn't meant "Welcome, sir." but said "Yo, foreign monkeyboy!"? Well, I haven't. But there was that time when I meant "I'm sorry for my crass and inappropriate behavior" but mistakenly employed the phrase "Bite me, motherfucker." Same principle.

Besides, I think Senator Allen has amply established his cultural sensitivity and tolerance by hiring Gollum to run his campaign:

You are the secret weapon that Senator Allen has always confounded the pundtis with.

Nasty, tricksy pundtisss.

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For Republicans who are always embracing the capitalistic principles that guide the private sector, they sure seem pretty damn forgiving of a guy who'd have been fired just like Andrew Young if he had made those "macaca" remarks in a business environment. Fortunately for Sen. Allen he doesn't work in the private sector, so he doesn't have to try attract as many customers as possible to buy his merchandise. He can afford to alienate some of the electorate, provided that most of the voters still like him. In Virginia, it's hard to tell how much those remarks actually hurt his chance for re-election. That is, if they hurt him at all.

Allen's lead has shrunk markedly since the "macaca" incident.

Hey Senator Allen. Yo shit head! OOPS! I didn't mean that, sorry.
Second thought, Yes I Did!

Did I overlook the retraction?

Never in modern times has a statewide officeholder and candidate been so vilified...

Comedy GOLD.

Allen's lead has shrunk markedly since the "macaca" incident.

That's encouraging, but it ain't over yet. As bad as that incident was, I don't think it'll be enough by itself for him to lose the election. It should cost him the election, but the fact that he still holds a slim lead in the polls should tell you, me and everyone else that there are still plenty of NeoCon-federates who are bursting with pride when they tell people they're voting for Macaca George. Therefore Webb needs to hammer him on other issues too.

I hope that piece of shit has to quit politics entirely. Maybe he'll he have to go back to acting in bit roles to support himself. Hopefully Holy Joe will be joining him if he returns to the Hotel California.

What's more likely is that these voters just don't care enough. What's racism compared to eternal demons like abortion?

I don't know what the outcome of the race will be, Allen has a lot of money to spend. However, Virginia is not Mississippi. I've been thinking a lot about this incident, and the thing is, almost anybody in an urban place who is under the age of 50 knows a kid like Sidarth (he's young enough to be my son): An earnest overachiever who went to the premier high school in Virginia, if not the entire southeast, who appears to be a clean cut, polite guy who is spending his free time doing something more constructive than boozing or playing video games.

I say this because it's one thing to face down, oh I don't know, Sister Souljah, who probably gives as good as she gets and who can easily (albeit wrongly) be demonized, and it's another to be sneering and ugly to a kid you'd be happy to have as your own, and happy to have your own kids be friends with. I think that's why the local papers have been so withering. Sidarth is the kind of guy their kids go to school with.

It's very bad news for Allen inside the beltway and probably anywhere north of Fredericksburg, which grows less southern by the hour. It's also very bad news in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and it's even bad news in the Hampton area, where people love a man in a uniform and don't need too much prompting to vote for one, even if he's a democrat. Oh sure, Allen will probably take the rural places but they aren't enough anymore.

So we'll see.

Alon is right, I suspect. There is a limited group of people in either party would vote for the other party over an incident like this. You hold your nose and vote for whomever's in your camp. Only the moderates and independents are in play.

Not Gollum, but Grima Wormtongue.

So does this mean he's actually owning up to the racial slur, and he's backing off from the ridiculous "trying to say 'mohawk'" crapola?

If so, then any apology should include "and I'm sorry we pulled out such a ridiculous cover story in a desperate attempt to cover our asses". If not, that would be a good first step. You can't really apologize unless you clarify exactly what it is you're apologizing for.

There is a limited group of people in either party would vote for the other party over an incident like this.
Kenton Ngo ("750 Volts") is pointing out that -- believe it or not -- SurveyUSA data show a lot of young people still don't know about this yet, relative to older ones, and when they do, they'll punish Allen for it a lot more than the older ones will. Assuming they vote, that is. The right commercials on MTV (or whatever you kids watch these days) could actually make a big difference here.

Does Comedy Central air political commercials?

Something that's getting lost in this whole "Macaca" thing is that even if Macaca wasn't itself a racial slur, saying "welcome to America" is unambiguous in its implication that Sidarth isn't a real American. There's no wiggling out of that. You don't welcome someone to your country when he's already a natural born citizen.

saying "welcome to America" is unambiguous in its implication that Sidarth isn't a real American.

Actually, no.

To make sense of that bizarre-seeming comment, remember that VA has incredible regional identities and hostilities. Southwest and Southside think of themselves as "real America" (in contrast to NoVA), and political candidates routinely use that language when speeaking in those regions. In other words, if you live in NoVA, you don't live in "the real America"--not if you are in Southwest VA.

The next time somebody tells me that I live in pretend Virginia or America I am going to pay my state taxes using pretend money.

This little divide goes back a long way. Almost 30 (!!!) years ago, when I first attended orientation at the UVa, I was told that the distribution of UVa students was 1/3 from Virginia, 1/3 from out of state and 1/3 from Northern Virginia.

But Allen didn't say welcome to the "real" America. He said "Welcome to America." It's on tape, in fact, said while the target of his statement was videotaping him, something I still don't quite believe.

To make sense of that bizarre-seeming comment, remember that VA has incredible regional identities and hostilities. Southwest and Southside think of themselves as "real America" (in contrast to NoVA), and political candidates routinely use that language when speeaking in those regions. In other words, if you live in NoVA, you don't live in "the real America"--not if you are in Southwest VA.

So what? The guy's still obviously totally out of his depth. Granting your premise, those sorts of regional "hostilities" as you put it are still not something a person purporting to represent everyone should hold. Of course, this guy may not actually even pretend to represent everyone.

Anyway, anyone who shouts "Hey Macaca, welcome to America" is basically telling us all we need to know about him. And this guy's a Republican front-runner? Great.

The correct Gollumese plural for pundits is "punditsesss".

Welcome to the land of accountability, Senator 'Sus Scrofa Linnaeus', who is also known as the feral hog, wild pig, razorback, and European wild boar.

Unbeknownst to the Senator, he is considered an invasive species in the U.S. by the biological and ecological communities.

Even more importantly, Senator pig-man is defined as a nuisance species according to the State of Virginia---oh, and that includes all of Virginia, not just the north or south parts.

Under the Code of Virginia [4 VAC 15-20-160] ten species are defined as nuisance species. These include:

Mammals

Norway Rat (Rattus norvegicus) better known as the Senator's campaign staff

Feral hog (Sus scrofa) That's you, Senator

Under state law, these species can be killed at anytime and in any manner that is legal under state and local laws (It is NOT legal to trap wildlife live and move it to another location.) --I guess that means the Senator will be unable to leave Virginia.

With that said, it appears the Senator of European Boar descent has recently decided to make the feral pig a protected species and list it as Endangered...and so goes his Presidential aspirations--endangered, or at least threatened.

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