Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Spank the Macaca

What's with Presidentials and racist comments this summer. Senator Allen took the dip out of his mouth just long enough to slur a staffer for opponent Jim Webb. Apu might have to come back for another guest column

From CNN
"This fellow over here with the yellow shirt -- Macaca or whatever his name is -- he's with my opponent," Allen said. "He's following us around everywhere."

Macaca is a term associated with a species of monkeys.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

He said it twice. Nice touch.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Brent Oleson said...

"East Coast" Presidentials no less. Romney & Allen step in it on their abortion contortions, and now on racial insensitivity. Sounds like the monkeys are running the zoo in both cases (pun intended).

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allen gets himself into a bit of a "tar baby" (sorry couldn't resist)

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WAR- spanking the macaca

11:11 AM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Quite different . . . Allen meant to insult a person. . . Romney made a literary reference about a bunch of cement and metal.

Still, the reation is crazy!

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate these links to national publications. I like your style, Caucus Cooler.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be honest, I'd be damn impressed if Allen truly was so sound in his zoological knowledge that he could not only namecall by species, but also tailor it so the species native habitat matched that person's perceived ethnic background. Come on...

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say Mac-AY-cah, I say Mac-AH-cah, let's call the whole thing off!

3:40 PM  
Blogger murphy said...

It's pretty obvious what Romney meant by the tar baby comment...just look it up in a dictionary.

But what did Allen mean when he called Webb's staffer a macaca? If he wasn't calling him a monkey, what did he mean?

Huge difference between using a word correctly to refer to a construction project (Romney) and using a word correctly to call someone a monkey (Allen).

3:53 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Thanks for the compliments Bob, just don't sell us any defective condoms!

On allen, its our understanding that macaca is a somewhat common french slur directed at african immigrants and Allens mom is a french-tunesian immigrant. That may or may not explain it.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

Really Caucus?

Wow! That's pretty damning for Allen. With his shady past on race relations/confederate flag the use of a racial slur in public on tape is a MAJOR gaffe. Hard for him to recover from this one (in the presidential race) IMO. I still think he wins the senate seat though.

This kind of stuff is what makes Allen un-electable in a general election.

5:51 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Might be a stretch there Jeff. We are basing the "commonality" of macaca as a French slur on 3rd hand information so we are not going to put the CC seal of approval behind it quite yet. At best, it's something you don't want on you-tube. At worse, this could follow Allen through 08.

6:40 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Allen's statement on Macaca

“I’m concerned that my comments at Breaks Interstate Park on August 11th have been greatly misunderstood by members of the media.
“In singling out the Webb campaign’s cameraman, I was trying to make the point that Jim Webb had never been to that part of Virginia – and I encouraged him to bring the tape back to Jim and welcome him to the real world of Virginia and America, outside the Beltway, where he has rarely visited. I also made up a nickname for the cameraman, which was in no way intended to be racially derogatory. Any insinuations to the contrary are completely false.

“Yesterday, I apologized to anyone who may have offended by the misinterpretation of my remarks. That was certainly not my intent. On every stop on my Listening Tour – I have talked about one of my missions for this country – to make it a land of opportunity for all. I have worked very hard in the Senate to reach out to all Americans - regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or gender. And I look forward to continuing to advocate this important mission for America’s future.
“I never want to embarrass or demean anyone and I apologize if my comments offended this young man. Even though he has signed onto my opponent’s campaign, I look forward to seeing him on the trail ahead.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Jeff Fuller said...

He told the obviously foreign looking guy (only one in the crowd I hear) "Welcome to America . . ." That alone is offensive. Watching the U-Tube video it's all pretty mean-spirited of Allen.

Either way . . . even if it wasn't racially motivated (which I believe it was), it shows that Allen is a "bully"--calling out and teasing the "different" one in a crowd.

I'll wait to hear on the French Macaca thing.

8:58 PM  

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