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Racist Former Virginia Senator Announces “Comeback” Run in 2012

Racist Former Virginia Senator Announces “Comeback” Run in 2012

In the 2006 Virginia Senate race, incumbent Republican George Allen was defeated by Democrat Jim Webb, which was fairly amazing considering the conservatism of Virginia politics (our current governor, as you may recall, announced during his response to Barack Obama’s 2009 State of the Union that we must use “all” of our natural resources). 

Allen has announced that he will run for his lost Senate seat in 2012, in a campaign called “American Comeback.”  In the announcement, he explained that the federal government was not “listening” to Americans and Virginians, saying people are “frustrated, really frustrated that Washington continues to ignore us.”

This reelection campaign is a gutsy move.  Allen’s loss was in large part due to the fact that Allen, who was initially expected to defeat Webb easily, revealed his racism in a shocking and public way when he repeatedly called a 20-year-old Webb employee of Indian descent, “macaca.”

“This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt, macaca, or whatever his name is. He’s with my opponent. He’s following us around everywhere. And it’s just great,” Allen said.  He later claimed that he did not know what the epithet meant.

In the aftermath, several of Allen’s former college football teammates said that he had used the “n”-word.  It also emerged that Allen had chosen to wear a confederate pin in his high school yearbook photo – and lest you think he had grown up and realized the error of his ways, he also signed a “Confederate Heritage Month” proclaimation when he was Virginia governor.

Evidence of racism aside, Allen’s policies were also fairly disastrous.  And he will have an uphill battle, even among Republicans; he has been labeled as part of the “Washington Establishment” by Jamie Radtke, a tea partier who will run against him.  The Democrats have already begun attacking Allen, citing “his years in Washington shilling for corporate interests, wildly spending taxpayer dollars, and racking up our national debt.”

This could be good news for Jim Webb, who has not yet announced whether he will run again in 2012.  But it could also be very bad news if Webb doesn’t enter the race; the only other strong Democratic contender, former governor Tim Kaine, has said that he won’t run either.  But if Allen starts to run a strong race, it means bad news for both Virginia and the Senate.  And obviously, there’s time to see how the campaign will unfold.

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4:27AM PST on Feb 2, 2011

Another opportunity for people to look at the character, quality, and humanity of those running for office and say yea or nay.

10:54PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

Oh jeez I thought that this was going to be a discussion based on real knowledge and education, but when I see the one true close minded person in this discussion is 16 years old, I nearly spat out my late night milk and PB&J.

I fight with teens everyday enough with 2 in my own home, I ain't doing it here at the place I go to get away from immature, lacking in real knowledge or worldly experienced, CHILDREN!

10:48PM PST on Feb 1, 2011

If someone is going around using words that ARE inappropriate and insulting, and is called out for doing such, is not rhetoric or name calling it IS informing.

11:50AM PST on Feb 1, 2011

This man ought to be ashamed of his behavior. He needs to hang his head in shame, instead of planning another run for public office. In fact, he made a fool out of himself during the last election, pressing on until he was becoming a butt of jokes, trying to hold that seat in his cold, clammy grasp. I remember writing him a letter, asking him to bow out before he made an even bigger fool of himself. Now, he seeks to return like some specter from an old 50's grade B horror movie, such as "The Head That Wouldn't Die".

(As an aside, isn't it odd that so many of the right-wingers, who are violently opposed to "entitlements", such as Social Security, Medicare, etc., seem to feel utterly ENTITLED, themselves, to an elected seat? They will fight to the death to get or keep an elected position, even if it is long past rational to do so and even if they make themselves look like clowns.)

Beyond that, it is difficult, if not impossible, for me to believe that this character had no idea that Macaca is a pejorative term. The manner in which he referred to that young man, alone, was disrespectful. When our politicians no longer even bother to hide their lack of respect for the electorate, it is time for them to get out of public life. Their arrogance gets in the way of doing the will of the people and working for the common good.

Stay home, Mr. Allen!!

6:22PM PST on Jan 31, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:39PM PST on Jan 31, 2011

" * Phil R. says
* Jan 30, 2011 9:55 AM

At the root of all causes for the American civil war was slavery. Any argument that the war was about economics or states rights must also include this as its basic premise. "

The south had a distinct financial advantage over the labor costs.

Freeing the slaves was merely a consequence of a level financial playing field.


7:22PM PST on Jan 30, 2011

It is important to refrain from violent is a mistake, however, to remain mute in the presence of racism.
If Allen isn't a racist i don't know who is.

It is also wrong not to speak out against gay bashing, the idea that legislation or elections can or should be subject to "second amendment remedies" or the notion that our secular government should be replaced by a Christian theocracy.
It's important that we do not threaten those we disagree with, but it is essential that we continue to debate.

1:02PM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Well! Isn't HE just the most intelligent, articulate, well-meaning little cube on the cheese tray? Only an idiot would vote for THIS idiot.

11:34AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

Quit the name-calling and tone down the rhetoric. On both sides. Unless we can do that, and begin to engage in meaningful dialog with one another, there is no hope for the political future of this nation. This type of thing is simply pouring more fuel on the fires of divisiveness which are driving a stake into the heart of our body politic. Politicians on the left AND the right are beginning to receive threats, and the violence has already begun. Unless the words (LIKE THIS) are toned down and the name calling stops on both sides, there can be no real progress made.

9:55AM PST on Jan 30, 2011

At the root of all causes for the American civil war was slavery. Any argument that the war was about economics or states rights must also include this as its basic premise. Hundreds of thousands died because the Confederacy was unwilling to dislodge itself from the premise that black people could be owned by white people...i see no honour in such a position. Apart from being morally wrong, it plunged our nation into a dangerous, damaging and unnecessary war that could well have ended the union.

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