Yeah, I know it’s fun to focus on the long series of gaffes, idiocies, and racist statements (and actions) of George Allen — “macaca,” a severed deer head in a black family’s mailbox, the photo with the racist Council of Conservative Citizens, habitual use of the “n” word, a noose in his office, apparent shame and rage over the “aspersion” over being questioned about his Jewish heritage on his mother’s side, insistence that he’d still eat a “ham sandwich for lunch” despite being a “Member of the Tribe,” etc, etc. But beyond that, there are actually more serious, substantive problems with George Allen and his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Over at Bacon’s Rebellion, the ever-excellent Peter Galuszka lays them out. The main problems:
1. Allen “was right there from 2001 to 2006 cheerleading George W. Bush through his budget-busting tax cuts for the well-to-do, minimizing banking rules that helped spur the financial meltdown, and voting for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that still haven’t been paid for.”
2. Allen is “plunging into some different and hard times,” bearing little resemblance to the situation he faced when he was governor, and for which Allen has absolutely no answers or clue about.
3. Since getting his butt booted out of office by Jim Webb and the “ragtag army” in 2006, Allen’s been “working in a sinecure-type job as a highly paid energy lobbyist” – not exactly “great preparation for a new run for the Senate.”
I’d add that Allen hated being in the Senate, was so bored there he called it a “wounded sea slug.” And no wonder he was bored; can anyone think of a single, significant accomplishment – just one will do – by George Allen in his 6 years as a U.S. Senator? Uhhhh.
In sum, moving beyond “macaca,” Allen was a complete waste of space as Senator, has no clue how to relate to a wildly changed Virginia (economically, demographically, you name it), and has been doing nothing since 2006 to indicate any growth or learning or self-awareness. Other than that, he’s a superb candidate for Senate, I truly hope Republicans nominate him! LOL
P.S. Allen can go on every conservative talk radio show in existence, but if he has nothing to say and nothing new to offer (other than cliches, platitudes, and exhortations to “stand strong for freedom” – whatever that means) then who cares? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.