I feel duly obligated as a blog owner to weigh in on the George Allen ‘Macaca’ affair. To be honest, I had heard that Allen had said something stupid, and I really didn’t pay any attention to it because, well, let’s face it- the last few years I have grown accustomed to elected Republicans saying something stupid. At any rate, here is the latest:
What does Macaca really mean? Three Virginia Republicans confirmed to the Hotline that several Allen campaign aides and advisers are telling allies that the word was a made-up, off-the-cuff neologism that these aides occasionally used to refer to tracker S.R. Sidarth well before last Saturday’s videotaped encounter.
According to two Republicans who heard the word used, “macaca” was a mash-up of “Mohawk,” referring to Sidarth’s distinctive hair, and “caca,” Spanish slang for excrement, or “shit.”
Said one Republican close to the campaign: “In other words, he was a shit-head, an annoyance.” Allen, according to Republicans, heard members of his traveling entourage and Virginia Republicans use the phrase and picked it up.
It was the first word that came to his mind when he spied Sidarth at the weekend’s event, according to Republicans who have been briefed on Allen’s version of the event.
Opponents of Allen have said that Sidarth’s hair was clearly styled as a mullet rather than as a Mohawk. Republicans are sending around a post by Chad Dotson, a Virginia prosecutor who blogs as “Commonwealth Conservative,” which contains a photograph of Sidarth at an Allen event. Sidarth’s hair appears to be shaved on the side and thick strands stretch over the top of his head from his neck to his temple. (Dotson is a Republican and unabashed Allen supporter.
Have I ever mentioned how much I hate August?
At any rate, this whole thing changes my opinion of Allen not at all- I think he is a buffoon who caters to the religious right, I won’t be voting for him as I am not a resident of Virginia, and given a choice between Allen, Huckabee, and Sam Brownback for Republican candidate for President in 2008, I would select Ralph Nader. Seriously.
My only real concern about this whole issue is that I couldn’t come up with a better title or some clever quip, which means my skills are slipping (if I ever had any). I tried and tried, and the best I could up with was ‘You say muchacha, Allen says Macaca.’ Sorry folks. I got no game.
*** Update ***
Tim reminded me via AOLIM that one of the issues with this story is that Allen has had issues regarding race-related comments/actions in the past- he has, and I forgot about them. After thinking about it, I remember the noose incident, which by itself can be dismissed. Ezra Klein has more background. On the other hand, Allen was one of the people who initiated the apology for lynching in the Senate.
So I guess his past, and the fact that questions about his past exist, makes his statements not only indefensible, but dumber than I even previously thought. And I think Allen is a stooge.
Not that any of this matters. I am not defending the moron, and I am not voting for him. Ever.