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Video: Thinking Camera's Off, George Allen Whines About How "Torturous" It Is to Speak to Voters

by: lowkell

Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 11:01:38 AM EST

Yesterday evening, George Allen held an online townhall meeting via Facebook. At the peak of the event, only 35 people were watching, many of whom were probably Felix Macacawitz's political staffers, and by the end there a lot fewer. So, it's fair to say that almost nobody was watching as Allen, who thought the camera was turned off, complained about how "uh, god, torturous" the experience of speaking to voters was. Allen also jokes about "reindeers" and "elves in the servers," sarcastically says "let's do this tomorrow!," comments about the "great spontaneity" ("TAKE THREE!"), and asks "what do you reckon it was for me?" in response to a comment about how "nervewracking" the experience was.

So George, if it's so painful for you to speak to Virginia voters, if you hate campaigning so much (just like you hated being in the U.S. Senate), why on earth are you running? It's not like anybody's forcing you to do this, right? If you want to just drop out now, and go back to full-time shilling (for boatloads of cash) for the dirty energy industry, that's fine with us. Just a friendly suggestion. :)

UPDATE: The Allen campaign's excuse? "[A]ctually he was frustrated b/c staff couldn't confirm if technical difficulties w/ FB townhall prevented people from viewing." Uh huh.

lowkell :: Video: Thinking Camera's Off, George Allen Whines About How "Torturous" It Is to Speak to Voters
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Not-so-curious George's continuing education (0.00 / 0)
So, 5 years later, Allen may have learned not to say dumb things when he knows the camera's pointing in his face.  He just hasn't learned to check whether the camera's on or not yet.  

Hey, education is a long term process...

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I keep looking for the video where Allen calls speaking to voters "torturous," but the only one I see here is one where he says describes some server problems that apparently required multiple takes as "torturous."  I can't find the word "voters" (or any word that might be considered synonymous with or referential to voters), either.

Maybe Allen and the people in the background were speaking in a secret ultra-right-wing coded language:

ALLEN:  "Did that one take or not?"  (Translation: Wow, I hate talking to voters!)

FEMALE VOICE:  "They're having server problems."  (Translation: I know, voters really suck.  Your life is so hard.  And voters sure do suck.)

ALLEN:  "Reindeers in the server?  Elves?  Torturous"  (Meaning:  When I say "reindeers" and "elves," I really mean "voters."  But I think it's great that I get to spend all this extra time talking into video equipment that doesn't work, and I really respect the people who can't make it work right.  They aren't torturous at all, like voters are.)

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Interesting interpretation... (0.00 / 0)
...and a highly charitable one. Sure, "server problems" (the Allen campaign's explanation) could have had something to do with Allen's frustration, but then why didn't he just say, "you know, I really do love talking to voters, but those darn technical problems are so frustrating?" Just like he could have expressed his frustration at being videotaped at "The Breaks" without using a racist word ("macaca"), ranting about "welcome to the REAL...Virginia," etc. Or, he could have expressed himself more...uh, gently when he talked about ramming peoples' "soft teeth down their whiny throats," or when he talked about how much he hated being in the U.S. Senate (server problems again? elves? reindeer? lol), or when he nastily called federal employees "sanctimonious social engineers," etc., etc., etc. The point is, Allen frequently says insulting, nasty, derogatory things, then leaves his campaign and supporters to try and clean up the mess he's making, while never taking responsibility for his own actions. And now, as Allen's hero (Saint) Ronald Reagan once said, "here we go again!"

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