It looks like George Allen may have slipped one more racially insensitive comment past us.
I've got a call into my source at the Allen campaign to get their take- but when I realized what he was saying- this one is pretty bad also...
UPDATE: Youtube is down- but Republitarian has a transcript of the Allen video. Check this out:
Allen in Video: "So it’s good for you to see what it’s like out here in the real world. Rather than living inside the beltway."
For those of you who don't know Northern Virginia- "inside the beltway" are the neighborhoods filled with minority voters...
It's basically the equivalent of having an all white event in Chesterfield County and pointing out the only black person as "living in Eastern Richmond" or being at an all white event in Williamsburg and pointing out the only black person as "living in Petersburg".
Did Allen know what this meant? Watch the video when it comes back up- when he says that, it is the only time he stops himself mid sentence and changes topic.
Then in his WaPo apology- he does it again!
Allen in apology: "Allen said that by the comment welcoming him to America, he meant: "Just to the real world. Get outside the Beltway and get to the real world."
Almost half of Northern Virginia is inside the beltway! That's about 15% of the entire population of Virginia. Why aren't our Virginia neighborhoods "the real world"? Does the real world need to have a lighter skin tone Senator?
Oh, and by the way Senator Allen, Sidarth lives in Dunn Loring which is outside the beltway. Too bad you took one look at him and assumed otherwise.
So what do you think? Did Allen say he lived "inside the beltway" to insult Sidarth- or was the comment not race based- in which case he was insulting the 1 million Virginians who live there?
UPDATE: Download nls.wmv