I noted a long time ago that George Allen would dash his hopes of a presidential campaign when he had some real competition in this years senatorial campaign. He may well win the Senate race, but he loses the presidential nomination.
Allen is like Santorum - a lot of bluster, but nothing of real substance. he is a face with a smile, and little else. So, I knew that he would blow it somehow, and he did.
The story below gives the details of the foot-in-the-mouth event where he calls an American born ethnic Indian "Macaca" and says "Welcome to America."
This in itself is not a deal breaker for Allen's presidential aspirations, but it does significantly hinder his quest. There were already lingering questions about Allan's history of questionable racists leanings. Allen had done a lot to try to put that all behind him, but this pretty much shows his true colors. If and only if you are white are you an American. Allen pretty much drops all of minority support that was already waning. Now, I think chances of him getting his parties nomination are about the same, but the general election is going to be difficult.
'Macaca' Brouhaha: Fierce Guessing on What Allen Meant
By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 17, 2006; Page VA04
The headline on the Wonkette blog, which normally pays little attention to Virginia politics, said it all: "Breaking News: Hakuna macaca, Or, George Allen Puts Foot In Mouth And Sucks, Hard."
The reference was to the now-infamous comment in which the state's Republican junior senator called a volunteer of Indian descent for Democrat James Webb "macaca" and welcomed the Fairfax-born University of Virginia student "to America and the real world of Virginia."