George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Allen campaign manager Dick Wadhams just put this memo out.  He blames the media, pundits, Democrats, liberal groups, and Moveon.org for Allen's racist gaffe.  He says that it's the Democrats that are playing the race card.

The only person who isn't to blame, in fact, is saintly George Allen, who made a simple mistake for which he should be forgiven.

Reading this memo, it's become clear that George Allen isn't sorry for his racist comment.  Allen put out some soft words to appease those who are uncomfortable with racism, but is also allowing his campaign manager to embrace the full-throated repudiation of that fake apology.  

As long as Wadhams is George Allen's campaign manager, we'll know that Allen stands behind his racist quip.  No longer is this simply a single weeklong story; with this memo, Wadhams has retroactively justified the racist attitude of his candidate, who of course has done nothing wrong.  Since this guy is managing Allen's campaign, Allen clearly agrees.  On the off-chance Allen is genuinely sorry for his comment, Allen would need to fire Wadhams.  It's that simple.

The memo is on the flip.

Memo from Dick Wadhams
Memorandum

To: GOP leaders/Allen campaign leadership
From: Dick Wadhams, Campaign Manager
Re: Notes on a tough week
August 19, 2006

I think it is obvious that this past week was difficult one for Senator and Mrs. Allen and the campaign. It is very clear that the news media created what they call a "feeding frenzy", with the Washington Post alone doing major stories on the same issue for 5 consecutive days.

Literally putting words into Senator Allen's mouth that he did not say (by speculating, defining and attributing meanings and motives that simply are not true), the Webb campaign and the news media seeming worked hand-in-hand to create national news over something that did not warrant coverage in the first place.

Even after Senator Allen apologized to the Webb campaign staffer in specific, and to anyone who may have been offended in general, the news media continued to print and re-print the same speculations and inaccurate portrayals of Senator Allen's comments. Never in modern times has a statewide officeholder and candidate been so vilified in a desperate attempt to revive a campaign that was fast-sinking - the Webb campaign.

Senator Allen has said that his comments were a mistake. Who among us has not made mistakes? In fact, how many of us could put in the hours of work, travel, meetings, campaigning, etc. that Senator Allen has over the years and make as few mistakes as he has?

Apparently the media's standard for candidates is now that they must be perfect, not human, and that no mistake or verbal gaffe is to be forgiven, no matter how much the candidate apologize. Will the Washington Post hold it's candidate for the U.S. Senate to the same standard? We will see, but I'm not holding my breath.

The bottom line for us, friends, is that same as it has always been.  We cannot rely on the news media to get our positive, constructive message out to the voters. In fact, we cannot expect them to be objective, let along fair. As always, we have to do it together, getting our message directly to the voters.

Senator Allen has a long, positive, successful track record as a member of the House of Delegates and House of Representatives, as our Governor and now as our United States Senator.

There is hardly a place you can go in the Commonwealth that Senator Allen has not visited at least once or touched in some way. Senator Allen and Susan Allen have impacted the lives of tens of thousands of Virginians through their public service and volunteer activities. This is evident to anyone who has participated in a Listening Tour stop this year.

He was there long before his opponent discovered there were such places in Virginia. And, he will be there long after his opponent has faded from the scene.

Looking Ahead

There is no question that this is a tough year to run for the Senate as a Republican. The Democrats and their liberal constituency groups, such as MoveOn.org, are pouring millions of dollars into television attack ads, seeking to take control of the Senate and House. Rep. Thelma Drake has already been a target of their vicious attacks. We expect to see Senator Allen attacked in the same way.

The reason the Democrats run such negative campaigns and always play the race card, is that they have no positive ideas to run on. That is as true this year as in any other. The fact that they have attempted to make race an issue so early in the campaign is evidence of just how desperate they are.

Senator Allen summarizes his public service as making Virginia a better place to live, learn, work and raise a family. And, that's what this campaign is all about.

Senator Allen will win because he is right on the issues. He will win because he has done a great job as Senator and Governor. He will win because he has stayed in touch with Virginians and been responsive to their needs. He will win because he and Susan will work harded than anyone to get the job done.

And, Senator Allen will win because of your help and support. Now is the time to rally for Senator Allen and our Congressional candidates. Now is the time to get our positive message out door-to- door, by telephone and at fairs, festivals and meetings of all sizes.

You are the secret weapon that Senator Allen has always confounded the pundtis with.

Let's show the liberal interest groups that by coming to Virginia, they have gotten more than they bargained for and that they need not bother us ever again!

Dick Wadhams, Campaign Manager

Tags: Dick Wadhams, George Allen, Jim Webb, VA-Senate, Virginia (all tags)

Comments

37 Comments

Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Wow, "literally putting words into Senator Allen's mouth that he did not say" is pretty strong, even for a vicious media.  I wonder if they brought the newspaper itself to shove the words into the senator's mouth, or if they stealthily took the words while he wasn't paying attention and threw them in his mouth as little spitballs while he didn't notice or what.

Leaving that problem with diction aside, he specifically did say the words that Wadhams claims that he didn't say.  This one is just so straightforward that the denial is pretty pathetic, even for a slimeball Republican operative.

by DanM 2006-08-22 10:36AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

I think you are wrong on this. What did he say again "Macaca" or something.  As if Allen knows some acient french racist term then used it at a rally.  It is stupid.  Was he mocking the man,  YES.  He worked for the Webb campaign.  This story really is much ado about nothing.

by Classical Liberal 2006-08-23 04:08AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Interesting that Wadham doesn't address the primary issue here: why would Allen refer to someone as "Macaca" (which means, at best, shithead, at worst, a version of the "n" word) when the person he was refering to was VIDEOTAPING HIM AT THE TIME????  That's not being "human" that's being stupid, vindictive and careless.

Unfortunately for Allen, this incident plays up his negative narrative, as being either racist or possessing a Bush-like carelessness.  Of course, Bush would never make that kind of mistake.  But then again, I never got the feeling Bush was racist -- he just doesn't care about anyone who makes less money than he does.

by Jim Treglio 2006-08-22 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Bush, Cheney and the Neocons are the ultimate racists -- they're against all of the human race except themselves.

by Sitkah 2006-08-22 11:07AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Nope, sorry, that's not what a racist is.  Racism is the preference of one race over another.  Bush isn't racist, he's like Marie Antonette, and only cares about the people in his circle.  And you don't have to be white to be in that circle.

The neo-conservatism is a rebirth of the "White Man's Burden" view of international relations and is inherently racist.  The idea that people will bow down to Americans for overthrowing Sadaam is similar to the claims that various peoples should thank Europeans for their colonialism.

by Jim Treglio 2006-08-22 11:21AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

That's the way I'm seeing it also Jim.  This is a matter of class conflict.  Allen uses race (as he did in southwest Virginia) in order to divide.  As always, racism is a product of exploitation and a tool to control.  

by kentuckydave 2006-08-22 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

I could be said that all of the people who are screamming "racism" are being divisive.  Maybe I am missing something, if you are basing your claim or rasict on just the Macaca statement then you have lost me.  Fill me in if there is more.

by Classical Liberal 2006-08-23 04:22AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Yeah, you're missing a few things.  First off, the word is too strange to just invent and the probability of inventing a word that just happened to have a specific derogatory meaning AND that directly relates to his mother's culture / background is beyond astronomical.

But then there are a few other things about Mr. Allen:

- He used to have a noose hanging from a tree outside his law office.

  • He used to display a confederate flag.  Being from the South, I don't consider this racist by itself, but as part of a larger picture, it can be racist.  In this case it is racist.
  • He opposed the Civil Rights Act

There are other, smaller issues that just keep adding to the pile.  Maybe he was just being insensitive to minorities when he declared "Confederate Heritage Month" celebrating the South's struggle to own slaves, errm, I mean, be free.  Maybe he was just parroting right wing extremists when he called the NAACP an "extremist group."  Maybe he just thought MLK didn't deserve a holiday when he voted against it.  And maybe he just really liked the sound of his states formerly racist song.  But come on, let's be real here.

PS Some of these things I was already familiar with and some of them I was not.  This list was pulled from:

http://www.brendan-nyhan.com/blog/2005/0 5/george_allens_h.html

by clussman 2006-08-23 11:29AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

A little past due, I suppose, but whatever.

Oh yeah, Allen is definitely a racist.  He picked out the only non-white in a crowd, "welcomed" him to the United States/Virginia and called him a monkey.  If that ain't racism, I don't know what is.  I'd wager that Allen doesn't associate with anyone but whites.

Bush, on the other hand, doesn't strike me as racist to the degree that Allen is.  He wouldn't ever refer to someone as a monkey.  Bush has no problem associating with people of other races, so long as they agree with him.  Of course, he's patronizing and believes that he knows what best and everyone else should shut up, but it seems to be a equal-opportunity kind of thing.

by Jim Treglio 2006-08-25 11:44AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

The neo-conservatism is a rebirth of the "White Man's Burden" view of international relations and is inherently racist.

NeoConservatism=racist
Bush=Neoconservatism
Bush=racist
Q.E.D.

by Sitkah 2006-08-22 01:45PM | 0 recs
Sweet!!

Just when I was thinking the Allen campaign would finally get to gratefully escape the "macaca" business, they bring it back up completely on their own.  That gives the media another day or two to play with an issue that would have otherwise gotten no further play.

And there's no such thing as positive coverage of this issue for Allen.

Yeah, it WAS a tough week for Allen - but that's because (a) he started off by picking on some furrin'-lookin' kid just because he looked furrin', (b) used funny words in doing so, which (c) in the absence of honest explanations from the Allen camp, gave the media a couple of days to speculate and track down the potential meaning of the words, and refute the more idiotic explanations Allen's team offered up, not to mention (d) talk about the non-apology apology.

I don't think even our lapdog press is going to be buffaloed by Wadhams here, because they still remember the circumstances that kept this issue alive for a whole week.

Wadhams has been billed in some circles as the next Rove.  I'm thinking that Rove wouldn't have done something nearly this stupid.  Rove would have attacked on some other front to make this issue drop out of the papers, and that probably would have worked, even if the attack didn't amount to much.  But he wouldn't have deliberately brought the slur back up.

by RT 2006-08-22 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Sweet!!

They are indeed destroying themselves.  Allen's hubris is his ego, anger, and laziness.  

Virginia of years ago would be fine with a stupid (yes, he is stupid), goofy, angry, racist, fauz redneck representing them in the Senate.  But, alas, Virginia is a FAR different place now than it was even just a few years ago.

Let him hang.  If he wins, it'll be the rightwing's last gasp in the state, IMO.

by jgarcia 2006-08-22 11:46AM | 0 recs
Unlike All Those Democrats Who Endorsed bin Laden

Like, say, Ned Lamont.  Or Max Cleland.

No one put words in their mouths!

Why is the media so unfair to Republicans?

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Never in modern times has a statewide officeholder and candidate been so vilified in a desperate attempt to revive a campaign that was fast-sinking - the Webb campaign.
"Modern times" being the last 15 minutes.

by Paul Rosenberg 2006-08-22 10:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Unlike All Those Democrats Who Endorsed bin La

Maybe G. Felix Allen slept through the Swift Boat stuff in 2004, too.

by RT 2006-08-22 01:23PM | 0 recs
There's nothing more authentic

than a little boy raised in a mansion in California
who grows up to become a Senator in Washington
by pretending to be a cowboy from Virginia
(where nary a cowboy hath roamed).  

Hee Haw!

by Jeffrey Feldman 2006-08-22 10:54AM | 0 recs
Re: There's nothing more authentic

that's funny!  And it begs the question:  just how gullible are some of these voters?  No wonder Hollywood makes shitty movies now.  Because some of the public will buy anything, no matter how absurd.

by jgarcia 2006-08-22 11:48AM | 0 recs
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God- I thought Allen was stupid- but this places him into the insane category. This story was starting to die down./

by bruh21 2006-08-22 11:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

 This story should never die down, until after Allen loses this election.

 It's Mel Gibson all over again.  You're irritated with someone filming you.  Is the first thing that comes to you mind a "made up" name that just by happenstance, happens to have a lot of negative connotations connected to it?  I would have said:"Look at that kid over there", not look at our friend over there with my made up name that happens to mean....

 Case closed for the closet anti-semite(Gibson) and the closet racist, George Felix Allen, JR.

by ocdemocrat 2006-08-22 11:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

But Mel Gibson was drunk! Dick Wadhams had a week to think about it and regurgitated macaca.

by FishOutofWater 2006-08-22 01:45PM | 0 recs
Who among us?

Remember back in 2004 when Maureen Dowd made up a quote from John Kerry, "Who among us doesn't love NASCAR."  Or something close to that.

The right wing went nuts, lampooning Kerry's stiff style and "Who among us" was the lead joke.  It didn't matter that Kerry never said it, and that the made-up quote was a malicious lie.  Even after Dowd admitted it the quote got in the NY Times again and again.

Now you have everyman Cowboy George Allen's campaign manager writing, "Who among us has not made mistakes?"

Where's the vitriol now?

by nathan 2006-08-22 12:24PM | 0 recs
The Howl

Was Allen and his campaign as forgiving when the "Dean Howl" captured the attention of the media and Fox used it like a jingle?

The Allen' campaign's new take on this is ignorant from so many different angles it boggles the mind.

by PBCliberal 2006-08-22 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

He used the wrong form of 'its.'

by jatchwa 2006-08-22 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Thank you, that was my first thought as well!  (After "Holy s***, what are these guys thinking giving this another round of media coverage," of course.)  As an apostrophe hardliner, I would hope that SOMEONE in the campaign is capable of basic proofreading.  Of course, perhaps English is not a forte over there, given that some people in the campaign think "macaca" is the word for "mullet."

by Ms Bluezone 2006-08-22 02:50PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

"Who among us has not made mistakes?"

Certainly not this dude.  "It's/its" is just one of his grammatical, stylistic, typographical and syntax errors.

Comma after quotation marks, 5 instead of "five," - the list goes on and on. "The bottom line for us, friends, is that [sic] same as it has always been." Ugh.

Frankly, the campaign should be embarrassed this was made public for more than just the content. Ugh.

by schreibc 2006-08-22 08:39PM | 0 recs
Okay, I'll say it....

Dick Wadhams!

by Lemonsquare 2006-08-22 01:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Okay, I'll say it....

A Dick that's shot its last Wadhams.

by RT 2006-08-22 01:25PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

This is rich.  You know the Webb campaign should all be reading Allen's sister's book, "Fifth Quarter: The Scrimmage of a Football Coach's Daughter."  A short article on Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/08/16 /gop-senator-george-allen_n_27382.html

describes him as amazingly violent and abusive and otherwise disturbed.  This should at the very least be embarrassing for Allen.  His sister is a journalist, says Amazon.  I don't know how to get a message to Webb's team, but this might help.  You know "Opposition Research."

by prince myshkin 2006-08-22 01:50PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

"The fact that they have attempted to make race an issue so early in the campaign is evidence of just how desperate they are."

I love the way that Allen supporters keep blaming the Webb campaign for Allen's remarks. If Jim Webb is capable of controlling George Allen's actions, why doesn't he just make him pull out of the race, or, say, get coked up and kill a hooker on the floor of the Senate?

[Note: I am not saying Allen does coke or kills hookers, nor am I advocating such behavior.]

Wadhams is supposed to be good at this campaign stuff right? Is he being confused with someone else?

BTW, 48% Allen 45% Webb, who's desperate?

by tokatakiya 2006-08-22 02:27PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

I love the way that Allen supporters keep blaming the Webb campaign for Allen's remarks. If Jim Webb is capable of controlling George Allen's actions, why doesn't he just make him pull out of the race, or, say, get coked up and kill a hooker on the floor of the Senate?

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So, according to his own spokesperson, Allen is Jim Webb's sockpuppet?

LOL!

by Sharoney 2006-08-22 05:10PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

And, Allen made the crack TWICE during his speech. It's a little hard to spin that as a mispronounciation or some such.

I'd love to see Allen's ass kicked.

by phoebes 2006-08-22 06:35PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

This is so pathetic, it's hilarious.

If Allen's campaign keeps digging their grave at this rate, Webb will soon achieve the Edwin Edwards gold standard for campaign success.

I say keep handing 'em the shovels, and pass the popcorn!

by Aquaria 2006-08-22 09:06PM | 0 recs
JABBS noted Allen's non-apology ...

FYI, JABBS called Allen's apology a non-apology back on 8/16.

All you had to do was break down what Allen said to see it was from the Ken Mehlman/Karl Rove school of non-apologies. It sounded nice, and the MSM ran with it, but Allen essentially blamed Siddarth for feeling offended.

Check it out.

by JABBS 2006-08-22 09:37PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Clearly, the Senator intended no offense in using the term Makaka.  In a press release later on the day of the incident, Senator Burns stated that what he meant to say was, "I'm happy to see our representative from the United States of Punjab here today.  Could security check his diaper for silverway before he leaves?  Just kidding, hey bengali, is it true there are two classes of workers where you come from?  Blue Cholera and White Cholera.  Hey Ho!  I know your out there, I can hear you bleeding!  Hey Dot-Head, I know where the white women are!  I'll be here all week."

by thomasak 2006-08-22 10:48PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

George "Fightin' Felix" Allen, thinks you're all nuts.

by eRobin 2006-08-23 08:30AM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology

Although I was not at the event I take credit for putting those words in Allen's mouth.  It was really quite clever of me, even if I must say so myself. My next project is a little more advanced. I am working on getting Allen to eat shit and bark at the moon. I may need some help on this one. If Allen in fact does eat shit and bark at the moon I want the credit.

by realtime 2006-08-23 12:50PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology
Somebody actually remembers a skit from 35-year old National Lampoon album ("blue cholera, white cholera"). Wow!
Hope this actually puts the nail in Allen's political coffin. The excuse that Makaka is just some word doesn't hold water. I've heard several terms and that isn't one of them. Allen could have said "Kumar" or "Ghandi" or "Sahib". Sounds like this was something said behind closed doors after a prior videotaping and Allen was dumb enough to let it slip out.
by mikel 2006-08-24 06:33PM | 0 recs
Re: George Allen Campaign Manager Retracts Apology
This person is a reason I have left USA and adding many others to my list. Here, in the costa rica travel business I run is another optic on the issue. When you are away from the core of the problem you can judge it more accurate. He and others like him need a lot of nails in their politics coffin.
by Nunumarc 2007-09-12 07:19AM | 0 recs

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