Senator George Allen: still apologizing

… for all sorts of things perceived to have been racist that he’s said or done in his lifetime. All of this over the ‘macaca‘ flap.

Here are some interesting quotes from the article:

Allen’s 35-minute speech received polite applause and gracious reviews from the educators. “I am pleased that he is acknowledging he made a mistake and talking about it,” said Ralph Reavis, president of Virginia University of Lynchburg. “I’m an educator. If he says he’s learned from this, I accept it.”

David Nash, an official at the National Institutes of Health, said, “I think he’s a good guy. We, as African Americans, have to get beyond these Democrat-Republican things and deal with the real issues before us.”

Also Tuesday, Allen picked up the endorsement of a prominent black Democrat, state Sen. Benjamin Lambert of Richmond.

Lambert, in a written statement, lauded Allen’s support of black colleges. “We have worked well together over the years on many issues,” Lambert said.

Webb’s campaign spokeswoman, Kristian Todd Denny, said: “I just think it’s no coincidence that Allen is making these overtures now when he’s in a tight race for re-election and he’s worried about his job.

“I think his motives are political, and that’s too bad.”

Right. I mean, we know that Webb’s motives for milking this story for all it’s worth through a Democratic staffer (S. R. Sidarth the ‘offended’ one) are not in any way political. Nope. Not at all.

On the other hand, still no condemnation from normally-outraged-when-Republicans-say-them Democrats over Senate candidate Claire McCaskill’s recent racially-charged remarks, in which she stated “George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black.”

Thur AM Update: Speaking of Webb, the Friends of George Allen website has a few quotes from Webb in which he comes across as being misogynistic about women in the military. Webb is opposed to women in combat, which isn’t wrong in and of itself, but if you read what he has to say about them – well, put it this way: had it been a Republican (like Allen) quoted as saying them, you’d never hear the end of it from Webb – and the MSM.


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