Wednesday, August 23, 2006

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.

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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.

26 Comments:

Anonymous Fridays Child said...

Our side is so diabolically clever that we can make repuke candidates use racial slurs--and in public, no less. Aren't we something? SARCASM

2:13 AM  
Anonymous The_Casual_Observer said...

According to that bastard liberals are to blame for allen's stupidity.

He is a victim of liberal psyche bending or stretching or whatever the hell jr said about psyche.

2:14 AM  
Anonymous BuyingThyme said...

Yes, all we have to do is keep showing up with mohawks and face paint.

2:16 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

Gee, whatever happened to personal responibility. I thought the Repubs were big on that. Allen's manager is blaming everyone under the sun instead of just acknowledging that Allen said something stupid.

2:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blame everyone else is the mantra of the current republican leadership. i'm surprised allen's campaign manager didn't find a way to blame clinton, or suggest that knocking allen was helping the terrorists.

2:27 AM  
Anonymous The_Casual_Observer said...

He's fairly astute, Bill isn't running, otherwise it would be all about Bill. Instead this time it's about all those big bad liberal gay bomb plotting Washington Post reporters.

2:27 AM  
Anonymous SoCalDem said...

Good.. I hope he loses.. Too many racists still around

They have relegated the white hoods to the back of the closet, but they still revel in the sly "oops did I say that" type of racism..and it's realy worse.

At least when they wore the white sheets & hoods, they were recognizable..These days they are sneaky...

3:05 AM  
Anonymous LibDemAlways said...

FYI, This isn't the first time Allen has

had to publically apologize for racist remarks. I'll bet he has a real sense of deja vu remembering the apology he offered over the Palos Verdes High PA the morning after he scrawled racist graffiti on the school walls and was caught. That was 36 years ago. Once a racist asshole, always a racist asshole.

3:05 AM  
Anonymous Solly Mack said...

Sure. Allen's, nurtured at the knees of his mother, racism

is a "liberal" conspiracy and not the product of his accepting, without question, the racist teachings of his childhood.


Sure. OK.

And Bush never lies.

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Old Crusoe said...

The footage of Cement-Head's comments gives Virginia voters a glimpse of an arrogant bully.

The substance was definitely an ethnic/racial slur, IMO, but the style was taunting and intimidating, an attempt to publicly humiliate someone who wasn't doing anything wrong.

I hope Allen's numbers drop fast and long. Webb's by far the better man.

6:50 AM  
Anonymous LibDemAlways said...

I know it was more of a non-apology apology offered solely because he had to say something. He's not sorry he said it - only that he was stupid enough to be filmed saying it. Guys like Allen never fully take responsibility for anything and they never change.

6:54 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

I agree with Old Crusoe.
The remark was bad enough. but even worse was the condescending, bully smartass attempt to humiliate the Indian reporter. Allen obviously thought he was looking pretty cool during the episode, but the objective eye of the camera only exposed him as a complete pompous asshole.
Allen could have rectified the damage with a sincere apology such as "I'm truly sorry. I messed up." He even failed here through transferring blame to the victim for a further mirror into his true character.
He deserves to go down as a politician.

9:30 AM  
Blogger WeinerNation said...

It's interesting how conservative can be hurt by "racist" statements, if in fact it was; and a Liberal that was actually in the KKK can get a complete pass!

And the racist comments that Shillary Rotten Clinton and Joe Chia Pet Biden don't seem to be suffering and effects from their racist statement either.

Guess conservatives are held to a higher standard and racism is so commonplace in the Democrat Party that no one notices anymore.

http://members.cox.net/yahoogroups/racists.wma

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Libs are Hypocrites said...

The waronterrible spewed: "The remark was bad enough. but even worse was the condescending, bully smartass attempt to humiliate the Indian reporter."

They I guess you would be at least equally outraged that the insensitive comments made about Indians by Hillary and Biden right?

Hypocrite!

11:07 AM  
Anonymous JustWondering said...

So, if an elected official utters racist remarks, he (or she) should not be re-elected? Tell me, how did the Mayor of New Orleans get re-elected? I'm sure you were appalled at his comments when he said that he was pleased that New Orleans was a 'black' city. I am sure you spoke up and declared him ineligible to run for office again. I must have missed your righteous words in your heralding blog.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lib makes a racist comment and all is good. Conservative uses a word that nobody has heard of and its off to a lynching. I think you libs have more important things to worry about than "macacca." Start worrying about the 08 DNC Convention. You need to stock up on a lot of doughnuts for Mikhail Moore.

11:08 AM  
Anonymous Libs are Hypocrites said...

Shhhh. They haven't figured out that Bush isn't running in '08!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As JABBS pointed out on the other post regarding Mark Levin's praise of Allen, no one should be happy about Byrd once being in the KKK.

Two wrongs don't make a right, though. If JABBS is willing to admit that Byrd was wrong, why is it so hard for conservatives to admit that Allen was wrong?

5:55 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

The only reason I can think of why Repuks are held to a different standard is the concept of "to those that have much(power),much is expected". Repuks play the game "I'm ok but your not ok" therefore much is expected. Much is expected of people that play "I am holier than you", which is a mjor game the repuks play. They play the game of being God like,the most honest, the most patriotic, the only ones who understand the "war on terror", the most entitled, the only ones concerned about the un-born( but give a shit after they are born), the only one that God loves or respects. When Repuks play "king on the mountain" there is the tendency for others to knock them off. The expectations are similiar to what people expect of their pastor. You try to live on a pedestal you must stand there with both feet firmly planted, be carefull what you say and how you say it, or you fall off. The expectations of Repuks are similiar to what some expect of musical artist,actors,TV show host, Tv news host and professional athletes: They should sing,act, speak or play sports but they should stay out of politics even though they are a voting Ameican citizen. But the same people that think musical artist, actors, TV host and professional athletes should stay out politics say it is ok for church pastors to be politicians, churches to participate in politics, Disc-jockeys to participate in politics, lawyers to participate in politics, and Doctors to participate in politics. Repuks push very hard the idea of "Life is not fair, you must pull youself up by the boot straps, and there are no free lunches", but the fare to enjoy the good life is by way of the Repuke Party. I'll play my little fiddle for Senator Allen and not shed a few tears.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous  said...

Neither of you addressed the racist statements made by Shillary or Biden. I guess you can't defend your hypocritical stance can you? Just what I figured.

You're all full of crap!

9:52 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

While conservatives (Mark Levin fans) are so quick to try to change the subject to Robert Byrd, Ray Nagin, and any other Democrats who have said questionable things, let's go back to Virginia.

The same SurveyUSA poll cited in the story found that 67% of Virginians knew about macaca, and of those, 56% disapproved.

Also, Virginians were split as to whether Allen's first apology was sound, or half-hearted. Those following the story probably know that Allen met with Siddarth and made a more formal apology, which may end this story once and for all.

But please note, Mark Levin fans, this story was not some example of liberal media bias. This was a story that had legs because it upset a broad swatch of Virginians. Any effort to characterize it otherwise is folly.

3:17 AM  
Anonymous Libs are Hypocrites! said...

So what your really saying is that you condone the racist comments made by Shillary and Biden. Right?

Hypocrite!

9:18 AM  
Anonymous borninva said...

Worry about the racist at hand, the lying George Allen. He was born in California, but had such a love affair with the southern racist core of the thug party that his decor has included not only a confederate flag but also a noose for lynching darkies.

Allen's pathetic lies about the intent of his remarks are almost the lowest point of this sordid story. The absolute lowest is McCain, with a daughter adopted from India, sucking up to the racist like the emasculated tool he is. He'd probably chuckle and suck it up as usual if Allen called his daughter Macaca McCain to his face. Talk about hypocrisy...it's hypocrisy topped with "give me another, Master, thank you." What sorry excuses of man both of them are, but McCain is also the worst father on earth, save Woody Allen.

Stay in Dixie, Allen, because you sure as hell aren't welcome in the US of A.

6:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allen is definitely racist. Too bad his opponent, Jim Webb, also revealed himself to be a racist with the publication of vulgar antisemitic cartoons.

If his campaign is a bit short of cash, read the cartoons, Mr. Webb.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Biden's comments were wrong
Hillary's comments are being overblown and taken out of context.
Byrd's comments are wrong but he repudiated his KKK past more than 30 years ago.

Read a book called Fifth Quarter by Jennifer Allen. She is George Felix Allen Jr.'s Sister.

She details racist behavior of George at a much younger age including vandalism.

Now if George apologized for it 30 yrs ago I'd give him a pass. But George is still hanging with racist groups like the CCC. The man is a racist. Arguing Robert Byrd belonged to the KKK 40 yrs ago or Ted Kennedy had too much to drink 34 yrs ago doesn't change the facts.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Howling Latina said...

Anonymous, you are sooo full of crap.

The flyer is a caracature of Harris Miller and resembles him to a tee without any exageration.

The point that Webb wanted to make to voters is that Miller was a lobbyist who ALWAYS supported Big Business and has quotes galore claiming outsourcing is good for America.

Go see for yourselves, folks. View the flyer, side-by-side to Harris Miller at http://howlinglatina.blogspot.com/2006/08/reptilian-harris-miller-where-are-you.html.

Hell, if Miller hadn't made a stink about him being Jewish no one would've known about it.

What's more, Miller told Dem activists last December that he planned to use his Jewishness as a bat to hit Allen with over and over again.

The flyer hoopla came up only days before the primary as a desperate last minute gasp from the guy who knew he going down.

And that is the heart of the problem from someone who witnessed the entire affair up close.

8:56 PM  

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