Radio Clown Mark Levin Defends George Allen With Anger, Spin And Half-Truths
Radio clown Mark Levin offered a defense for Sen. George Allen at National Review's website -- a defense that probably says more about Levin than Allen.
You may recall that Allen, the Virginia Republican and possible 2008 presidential candidate, insulted a man of Indian descent who was tracking the Republican's re-election campaign for Democratic challenger Jim 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.
Enter Levin, who in his Aug. 15 defense of Allen, offered a mix of anger -- his favorite emotion -- spin and half-truths:
LEVIN: Not one word about the Webb campaign's dirty trick in having one of its volunteers, camcorder in hand, harrassing Allen as he campaigns around Virginia. It's good that Allen has a mean streak, if in fact he does — enough compassionate conservatism. But I doubt his mean streak comes anywhere near McCain's. Allen has been an excellent senator, and he was an excellent governor — which gives us significant insight into how he would govern should he become president. Nothing about him suggests any kind of discriminatory instincts. Yes, the libs will blow this out of proportion. That's what libs do, as they sanctify Robert Byrd "the Conscience of the Senate" and tolerate all kinds of racism and anti-Semiticism (sic) from their ranks. Allen slipped and apologized.
Let's break it down:
-- "Webb campaign's dirty trick." It was a public speech, of course. But Washington Monthly reports that Allen has two people similarly tracking Webb.
-- "It's good that Allen has a mean streak." In other words, name-calling is a good thing?
-- "But I doubt his mean streak comes anywhere near McCain's." As JABBS has noted, Levin hates McCain -- because McCain had the gall to legislate a formal ban on the cruel or inhumane treatment of detainees in U.S. custody anywhere in the world -- and has vowed to prevent the Arizona Republican from receiving his party's 2008 presidential nomination.
-- "Nothing about him suggests any kind of discriminatory instincts." Except that Allen wore a Confederate flag pin for his high school yearbook photo, and displayed a Confederate flag and a noose in his law office. Given the symbolism, those decisions at the very least could be construed as "disciminatory instincts."
-- "Yes, the libs will blow this out of proportion." If Allen has a racist tendency -- a question that needs to be asked -- most Americans would not want him to be a Senator, let alone President.
-- "That's what libs do, as they sanctify Robert Byrd 'the Conscience of the Senate.'" I would never defend Byrd's decision to briefly join the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s. Of course, the same people who yell and scream at Byrd for what amounts to a single stupid decision more than 60 years ago excused Trent Lott when he made racially divisive comments on behalf of Strom Thurmond (who ran on a racially divisive platform during a 1948 presidential bid), or when folks like former President George Bush or former Senator Jesse Helms ran racially divisive advertisements during election season.
From where I stand, racism is wrong. It doesn't matter whether that racism is from a Democrat or a Republican. Levin is far more partisan in his beliefs.
(Note: non-conservative references to Byrd as the "Conscience of the Senate" appear to be in reference to his longevity in the body, and his knowledge of things like Robert's Rules of Order, rather than suggesting that Byrd best represents the ideal Senator.)
-- "... and tolerate all kinds of racism and anti-Semiticism (sic) from their ranks." Just fact-challenged spin.
-- "Allen slipped and apologized." Half-heartedly, at best.