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."