Yes, Virginia, Your Senate Race is Plagued by Idiocy

Well the race for the U.S. Senate in Virginia can’t get much worse. It all started when George Allen, the California native turned Old South aficionado, used the term “macaca” to describe a volunteer for his opponent who happened to be of Indian descent. Allen claimed he did not know what the term meant, which is fair; I didn’t know what it meant either. But I would never have used it, because I had never heard it. Allen had heard it, but didn’t know what it meant. Hmmm…

After this, it got really ugly. Supposedly, Allen used the N-word some 30 years ago. Unlike the macaca controversy, there is little to nothing legitimate here. Basically, it boils down to a he said/she said situation. There’s no way to know if Allen used racial slurs three decades ago. And even if he did, that was years ago. Now, clearly anyone who uses the N-word in this day and age is either an idiot or an ignoramus, there is no indication that Allen has done so (unlike, say, Robert Byrd). This was nothing more than a baseless political attack.

Unfortunately, Allen has decided to respond in kind. In his latest attack on opponent James Webb, he has dragged up some books written by Webb that apparently are rated R. This may shock some people, but literature sometimes does include questionable content. Ever read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? How about The Catcher in the Rye? Edgar Allen Poe can be pretty disturbing. Heck, even some of Shakespeare’s writings can be seen as objectionable. But they’re all fiction (except for some Shakespeare)!

I think what we’re seeing here is two very desperate candidates locked in a dead heat, each sinking as low as possible. I personally hope George Allen is reelected, and I suspect he will be. But I think it’s safe to say his presidential ambitions have been derailed.

Elsewhere, Michelle Malkin is right.

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