When in doubt, use the race card, I suppose. At least if you're dealing with a conservative and it's a close election.
The Dems have managed to accuse a GOP candidate of being both a secret Jew and a Klansman..all in the same election!
George Allen(r-VA) is the incumbent running for re-election in a race that was targeted by the DNC, but without much success until he made a verbal gaff, calling an East Indian from the opposing campaign who appeared to be stalking his appearances as `macacca' a word that could have some racial inferences in a foreign country but has none here.
Allen got out of that by explaining that he was unaware of any racial overtones and apologizing..but apparently it gave the Democrats a few ideas.
The first shot was a totally out of the blue question by a `progressive' reporter on Allen's mother, to the effect of `are you now or have you ever been a Jooo or of Joooish heritage..and maybe a secret spy for the Israeli Mossad?'
Allen, correctly, went off on her, but later fumbled the ball by throwing in a couple of references to his love of pork products as a way of distancing himself..which somehow didn't sit too well coming from someone who has consistently been a strong supporter of Israel.
The Democrats, figuring that, after all, they already had both the Jewish AND the
Now, this brings several questions to my mind.
George Allen has been a US senator and a public figure for awhile. Why are these people suddenly surfacing with their allegation now? Were they in hibernation? Maybe held as hostages by Hezbollah for the last five years? Lost in the Amazon? Amnesiacs, perhaps, cured by the miracle of stem cell research?
Or maybe, just maybe, is the current desperation in the Democratic party to regain power in this election cycle and Allen's giving them an idea with the `maccaca' comment have something to do with it?
There are a number of other people who knew George Allen in college and were on the football team with him that say this is a bunch of, er, hogwash. They somehow aren't getting the Main Stream media attention.
Sabato had a particularly suspicious way of handling this. When asked directly by a TV interviewer about the exact circumstances under which he heard Allen use racial slurs, his initial response was "I'm not going to get into that."
Now, let's say you and I were college classmates fifteen years ago and all of a sudden, I surfaced on national TV to accuse you, a politician running for re-election of using racial slurs. Would it be illegitimate to ask me to back it up with some actual hard information? To at least have the stones to directly say when and where I heard you pop off?
But Sabato, a member of the media culture in good standing, got a pass and was just allowed to spew and walk away.
Spew, by the way, is the right word. When Sabato was finally pressed for an actual answer a day or so later, he suddenly weasled out with a different story. Turns out, he later told USA TODAY political reporter Jill Lawrence that he never personally heard Allen use the n-word, but his story now is that he believes the senator did because "people I know and trust" have told him it happened!
Apparently that kind of ridiculous hearsay is enough to defame somebody and trash his reputation when a senate seat might be up for grabs.
Larry Sabato has some major explaining to do, especially as to why anyone should trust his impartiality and judgment as a political commentator anymore after this nonsense.
As for Jim Webb, the fact that he allowed this shameful travesty to go on in his name without condemning it out of hand is unfortunately a good indication of his overall moral character, and something the good people of Virginia should consider when they vote.
Them's some harsh words, but that's how I see it.