Allen's "Macaca" Mess Hurting Bid For Re-Election
A SurveyUSA poll suggests Sen. George Allen (R-VA) "Macaca" mess may make it more difficult for him to retain his job.
The poll found that Allen's lead over Democrat Jim Webb is down to 48-45. Earlier polls had Allen up by 19 points.
The new poll follows a difficult few days for Allen, who insulted a man of Indian descent who was tracking the Republican's re-election campaign for challenger Webb. Allen either called the man, S.R. Siddarth, a "macaca" -- a slur that literally means "a monkey,' but also can mean "shithead" -- or Macaque, a French slur used to describe North Africans. (Allen is of French Tunisian descent.)
Allen, who told the Associated Press that the name was "just made up," later offered a lame apology.
Not surprisingly, Allen's campaign manager, Dick Wadhams, is trying to rally the troops behind Allen, and against what Wadhams perceives as a mass effort to vilify Allen "in a desperate attempt to revive a campaign that was fast-sinking - the Webb campaign."
(Note: Wadhams' memo came two days before the SurveyUSA poll.)
As the folks at MyDD.com point out: Wadhams "blames the media, pundits, Democrats, liberal groups, and Moveon.org for Allen's racist gaffe. He says that it's the Democrats that are playing the race card. The only person who isn't to blame, in fact, is saintly George Allen."
Virginians apparently aren't buying that script, no matter how hard Allen's conservative friends scream it from the rafters.