How big will this scandal become? Not James Walkinshaw walked us through scandal management just a couple weeks ago- and the Webb campaign seems to be passing with flying colors.
Meanwhile, George Allen seems to be flunking Scandal 101. Apparently he didn't pay attention to Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton- it is the cover up that brings politicians down.
Allen's cover up has sucked. First they claimed the camera man had a "Mohawk". Of course within an hour, the Webb campaign had a picture of him up- funny how fast the hair on top of his head grew in from a Mohawk, huh? Strike One.
Of course the video is obvious that Allen is not saying Mohawk or anything close to it. No doubt, that is Macaca coming out of his mouth.
But Macaca is not American slang, it is European slang regarding their neighbors in North Africa. This was the missing hole in the story, and I admit to originally believing George Allen was not cultured enough to know such slang. As it turns out his mother grew up in the very area this slang comes from. This is damning evidence that he knew exactly what he was saying.
So what do Europeans who use this term say about it? "Another example : here in Belgium when you want to insult an arab .... you would never say "arab" ... but use the words "macaque" or "bougnoul". I don't want to teach you guys how to insult an arab or motivate you to insult them ... I just want to say we use a "nickname" instead of using the name of the race. But of course if you would call them a "dirty arab" ... this is offending too."
So then the spin changed to it being a lighthearted comment. Could this be true? Not according to this European website which uses the term:
"Football in France isn't sport it's politics, what the French avatar of ZOG wants is for us to admire niggers and sand niggers like Zidane so that we get used to being around untermenschen and accept the presence on our soil of the millions of "chance pour la France" that plague our lives. Didn't work this time though, une France macaque-bougnoule-blancgnoule pas question, jamais...Victory through superior intelligence!"
Nothing lighthearted here. The facts are clear. George Allen knew it was a slur, he used it with a smile- and now he owes Virginia either an apology or a resignation.
Which will it be George?
UPDATE: Bearing Drift declares "Allen effectively uttered what we know as the N word...." Also adds... "Making a person because of the color of their skin feel uncomfortable anywhere in the United States of America in the 21st Century is unconscionable for a United States Senator". An 11th toupee has been added.
UPDATE #2- WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL SLAMS ALLEN
Update #3 (BY NGB) - Stories abound across the state this morning about Allen's offensive and tasteless comments. You can find them here, here (including a poll on main page. This story is front and center in the print edition.), here, here, here, here, and here. As was said yesterday, the key for the Webb campaign now is to extend this into a 2, 3, even week long story. A single day news hit is painful for Allen, a week long event could be devestating.