Thursday, August 24, 2006

Line Change! (Macaca)

We were going to change the line just following "macaca" but instead decided to give it a few days and see how it played in the national media. It turns out that it couldn't have played any worse for George Allen. EVERYBODY covered macaca, and it's effecting people's opinions across the country.

Allen has left this incident battered, bloodied, bruised, and his crisis management abilities are being seriously questioned.

With that in mind George Allen has officially plummetted down the Cooler Line. 1 day after the macaca quote, or 3 days after, he would have just taken a little hit in our mind; but this thing is playing out worse and worse every day. He's in serious trouble. And now he's 18-1. Huckabee and "Field" are the beneficiaries.

Are we overreacting (underreacting?)... What do the Cooler minions think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right on target with Allen. He's found himself in a serious "Tar Baby"!

8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, you may be right, Cooler. The media really loved running that macaca line, and it has really hurt Allen. I think Allen would be good for the country though, he certainly has been good for Virginia.

The worst part is the macaca line is just a bunch of garbage. I can't imagine anyone truly believes Allen knew that it was a variant of an epithet used in North Africa (or wherever).

Mean spirited? Sort of. He was obviously trying to make fun of a guy whose sole purpose in following him w/ a camera was to annoy him. But he certainly could have done it in a more mean spirited way.

I guess when it comes down to it I just think the macaca thing (much like the tar baby) was overblown by the PC police. Any thoughts?

10:12 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

I am in constant amazement that this didn't blow over after 2-3 days. You said it cooler...this says more to me about Allen's PR crisis management abilities than it does about his racial sensitivities (which were a little crude as it was).

Sure hope he pulls through in the senate. Not gonna give him the chance to blunder like this again in 2008, that's for sure.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Romney a McCain aleternative?!? We need to nominate another one term "compassionate conservative" Governor, like we need another Harriet Meiers on the Supreme Court.

Mitt's just too slick for Iowa. Look at Grubbs poll. For all the time, money and talent the guy has poured into Iowa he he hasn't moved the needle. Makes a good first impression, but then . . .

McCain has paid his dues, but is asking alot of the right wing to trust him.

Rudy is great leader but doesn't represent the core values of the Party.

Pataki proven winner and leader and probably underestimated.

Gingrich, the best brain, but as tenure as Speaker suggest, better suited to lead the revolution than govern the country.

Frist, probably the most undervalued stock, the right resume but needs to prove he is a better candidate than Senate Leader.

Allen, finished.

Huckabee, can the take his game to the next level?

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at Grubbs poll.

I stopped reading there.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are way, way under-estimating Huckabee in my humble opinion.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon9:27 AM, that's a pretty good summary of the way things look in Rural Eastern Iowa. I don't know where you're posting from, but your comments almost mirror what I'm hearing over here by the Ole Miss.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

When huckabee proves he can raise the cash, he'll move up the line.

11:55 AM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Have to agree with "Caucus Cooler" on this one. Huckabee is severely cash challenged.

See this link to see how Huckabee is "off the charts" . . . albeit in the wrong direction.

1:56 AM  
Blogger HuckabeeFan said...

Don't people claim that Iowa is beneficial because you don't have to raise $50 million to do well here? And yet, people are discrediting him because he hasn't raised $3 million two years out.

I'm getting a mixed message here.

2:07 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

It looks like he hasn't even raised $0.2 million two years out. In 2005 he only distributed $27k...not making many connections.

Huckabee's wallet is anemic. How is he going to compete with more competant fundraisers in a national campaign?

5:01 PM  

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