Sunday, December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays, Sen. Allen

It's been an awkward few months for soon-to-be-former Sen. George Allen (R-VA), who this fall, at age 54, learned that his maternal grandfather was Jewish.

At the time, he took "great pride" in his newly discovered ancestry, then made a comment that some found insensitive to Jews, and others found simply odd.

"I still had a ham sandwich for lunch. And my mother made great pork chops," he said.

No longer a presidential candidate after his "macaca" moment, Allen told the Associated Press that he plans to explore his newfound Jewish heritage.

But in the next breath, he implied that he hoped to run, and win, another race for office.

"Every time you win," he said, "you're reborn."

It's an interesting choice of words -- "reborn." Is that code for his "good ol' boy" supporters? A nod to evangelical Christians that in spite of his heritage, he's not the least bit Jewish? Something he thought up while dining on a ham sandwich or some other non-kosher meal?

If we learned anything from this fall's election season, it's that quipping is not one of Allen's strong suits. Between thoughtless comments like "macaca" or "Things like that happen," in response to his staffers assaulting a protester, and odd-ball comments like "I still had a ham sandwich for lunch," Allen would do well to learn the power of "no comment."

8 Comments:

Anonymous Kagemusha said...

I vote for it being just a stupid-sounding comment

He seems to mean it in the sense of "rejuvenated".

4:53 PM  
Anonymous donsu said...

code

4:53 PM  
Anonymous 48percenter said...

If Warner retires, whaddya wanna make a bet Macacawitz makes a play for the open seat?

4:54 PM  
Anonymous 48percenter said...

If Warner retires, whaddya wanna make a bet Macacawitz makes a play for the open seat?

4:54 PM  
Anonymous damkira said...

Maybe he's just drinking heavily after his defeat?

I don't know. There's something very disturbing about him.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

every time he is asked about his jewishness he either gets pissed or makes a "ham sandwich" comment.

you be the judge. it seems to me that he wants to make it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR HE IS NOT JEWISH.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Better make that ham and cheese. . . .
. . .. on kosher rye????




Tansy Gold

4:54 PM  
Anonymous valerief said...

So he'd be reborn again? Sounds Bushish.

4:55 PM  

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