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From the Party of Lincoln to the Party of Calhoun, Virginia Edition


Speaking of Republican identity politics, one set of races that should receive more attention than it has is in Virginia. Right now, Silver shows the Democrats with an 85% chance of maintaining the Senate seat and Obama with a 73% chance of taking the state’s electoral votes again. In this context, it seems worth noting that Republicans were unable to find someone who isn’t an open white supremacist to run for the Senate. Although, admittedly, if Allen wins he’ll have a really real mandate.

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  • DrDick

    I am not sure there is “someone who isn’t an open white supremacist” left in the Southern wing of the GOP.

    • I know a number of Republicans in Texas who aren’t racists; they’ve merely fallen for the Okeydoke the GOP is selling them on fiscal policy.

  • TT

    I think Kaine’s going to pull it out. He’s run a good campaign against a pretty listless opponent, even though he’s made a few too many paeans to the wonders of bipartisanship and cutting The Deficit for my taste (but which seems to be necessary for a Democrat here). Plus, he’s also had an absolute shit-ton of Super PAC money thrown at him and is still leading.

    Obama I’m a little less sure about, but he’s been going awfully hard here for months and I think will be able to use his strongholds in NoVa and Hampton Roads to overcome weakness in the NoVa exurbs, Central VA, and the Valley. I think he’ll do it.

    • JKTHs

      “even though he’s made a few too many paeans to the wonders of bipartisanship and cutting The Deficit for my taste”

      Indeed. The only thing that has me enthused about Tim Kaine being in the Senate is George Allen not being in the Senate.

  • Wido Incognitus

    The “Macaca” incident was six years ago. I am not sure that that justifies calling Allen a white supremacist.

    • Malaclypse

      Does this?

      • c u n d gulag

        A reminder to Mr. Allen:
        No noose, is good noose.

    • Scott Lemieux

      How about the fact that he wore a Confederate lapel pin as a high school student…in California? Not that I really understand the idea of a statute of limitations on racist comments that were never explained in the first place.

      • c u n d gulag

        I think Junior’s ready to join his Dad’s “Over the Hill Gang.”

      • Malaclypse

        Growing in in suburban, then later rural, Pennsylvania, I’m met a lot of people who flew Confederate flags. And I don’t know that I ever met anybody who flew a Confederate flag and didn’t use the word “nigger” at some point.

        • Craigo

          There are pockets of Fayette and Westmoreland Counties in PA where I was more likely to see Confederate flags than American ones growing up. Right up until 9/11, when the ratio became 1:1.

          • Craigo

            I should note that these are same areas of Western PA where I was spit on, sworn at, and threatened when doing GOTV for Obama, none of which happened in 2004 or 2006.

        • Rob in Buffalo

          “Pittsburgh in the west, Philadelphia in the east and Alabama in the middle” is how I’ve heard that expressed.

          • Thlayli

            aka “Pennsyltucky”.

            • Malaclypse

              As I always say about my once-home state, Pennsylvania is a fine place to be from.

              • DrDick

                That applies x 1,000,000 for my home state of Oklahoma, which is still solidly Dixiecrat at the time I left.

                • DrDick

                  Urk! that should read, “was still solidly Dixiecrat”, since it was 25 years ago.

  • My college roommate freshman year (1970-71) went to high school with George Allen, and actually related some of his escapades (as in “there was this asshole on the football team…”) during our months in common quarters. I caught up with the roomie in Denver five years ago and asked him “was that the macaca guy in Virginia you were talking about back in the day?” He confirmed that it was.

  • Rob in Buffalo

    Back when I was so dumb I tried to argue with wingnuts on the Internet, I encountered one who told me that “macaca” was NOT, as everyone thought, a Francophone n-word that Allen learned from his French Tunisian mother, but a nickname for the targeted campaign staffer (S. R. Sidarth) based on the fact that he gad a Mohawk (actually kind of a faux-hawk but OK). Mohawk –> macaca. Seriously. Occam be damned.

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