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George Allen

By on 8.15.06 | 11:59AM

Over at The Corner, Tim Graham blogs on Senator Allen's Macaca remark. I agree with everything Graham said. The press blows up every GOP racial screw up, but Biden's Dunkin Donut remark or Hillary Clinton's gas station remark, barely a whimper.

Nevertheless, I have to add that this incident makes me question very seriously Allen's judgment. First, Allen's past on racial issues has long been fodder for the Democrats and the mainstream media (but I repeat myself.) Second, surely Allen must be aware of The New Republic's scurrilous article from earlier this year--so he should be on high alert for anything that even smacks of racial insensitivity. Finally, Allen made these remarks to a gent who was running a video camera!

Frankly, I don't know what Allen was thinking, which leads me to believe that he wasn't thinking at all. If this is how Allen behaves on an issue that he has been recently smeared with and when his comments will be recorded for posterity, I have to wonder whether he has the discipline to withstand the withering grind that is a presidential campaign.

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