Allen Getting Burned on Both Ends
by Matt Stoller, Thu Sep 28, 2006 at 06:52:34 PM EDT
This Hardball clip is just brutal.
A lot of liberals like to think that George Allen is losing because he's a racist. That's not quite it. George Allen is losing because he's weak, and it's showing. I don't usually quote myself, but I don't usually get it this right. In mid-August I wrote:
The more I think about this racist episode, the worse it looks for Allen. SusanG points out that no one on the Democratic side will take this apology seriously. There's some dispute in the comments about racist appeals in Virginia, and whether racism turns right-wing voters off of a candidate.
Here's the thing, though. Regardless of whether coded racism sells, apologies for not being politically correct do not. Think about that for a second. George Allen just apologized to the liberal media, to liberal bloggers, and to liberal Democrats for being insensitive in matters of race.
I think Mr. Big Tough Republican just knuckled under to the PC police.
And sure enough, the knuckledraggers are angry that Allen is dragging their beloved Confederate Flag through the muck.
Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record)'s use of the word "macaca" for a young man of Indian descent forced him to spend the past six weeks disputing claims that his past is littered with racist language and a fondness for Confederate symbols. On Thursday, the furor came full circle when the Sons of Confederate Veterans turned on Allen.
The organization criticized the Republican for saying he had been slow to grasp the pain that Old South symbols like the Confederate flag cause black people.
"The denunciation of the flag to score political points is anathema to our organization," Brag Bowling, immediate past state commander of the SCV, told reporters near the state Capitol, once the Confederacy's seat of government.
Poor Allen. Even his racist base doesn't like him anymore.