Finally — real minority outreach from the GOP. The Virginia Republicans have a big rally coming up this Saturday that's designed to reach out to minority voters in Fairfax County.
Guess who is one of the featured speakers?
George Allen. Yes, that George Allen.
…because in 2008, having only one confederate flag license plate on your Ford Mustang makes you 50% more qualified to talk to minorities than every other member of the Virginia Republican Party.
Asked whether "macaca" might cloud the message a bit, Scimeca said the whole thing was a smear-job by the Dems: "Anyone had to go on Wikipedia to be offended by it. And you know how people can mess with Wikipedia."
Well put. I'd always heard lots of stuff about segregation, but it wasn't until I keyed it into Ask Jeeves that I realized what a lousy gig that was!
Tags: George Allen, Virginia
Unable to land any significant punches against Barack Obama, the Republican Party has switched its focus to re-enacting their much more successful 2004 presidential campaign… And what could be more 2004 than taking shots at Howard Dean?
The GOP is chiding Dean for referring to them as "the white party" in an NPR interview last week, after which he stopped himself and laughed at his gaffe…
"Our party has been a no-majority party for a long time. The fact is that the Democratic Party is made up of lots of different people," Dean said. "If you look at folks of color, even women, they're more successful in the Democratic Party than they are in the white — excuse me — in the Republican Party." Dean laughed as he stumbled over the correction.
Unfortunately for the GOP, their time-honored tradition of upbraiding Howard Dean (now four years and running) is eclipsed by an even longer tradition of sending no black Republicans to Congress, which now stands at 5 years, 229 days.
That said, Howard Dean is an obvious racist who refuses to acknowledge the "big tent" that Rush Limbaugh, Trent Lott and George Allen are pitching on the Twin Cities' front lawn next month.
Tags: Barack Obama, George Allen, Howard Dean, Rush Limbaugh, Trent Lott
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What Are They Doing Now? Last week we profiled the first man to drop out of the 2008 presidential race, Tom Vilsack, and we're not gonna lie — we were a little bored, too. But with him out of the way, who remembers the second presidential contender to withdraw from the contest?
No, it wasn't Stephen Colbert; he lasted through November '07. It was — forehead smacker alert! — former Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore III! (If you can prove you knew this, you win the lieutenant governorship of your home state!)
To outsiders, Gilmore III had it all: The racial diplomacy of his predecessor George Allen, the fine art patronage of Rudy Giuliani… even the name recognition of U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)! And yet despite these advantages, Gilmore III was out of the race by July.
But if this loser harbored any visions of lazing around the mansion all summer, he obviously hadn't consulted his wife (also named James S. Gilmore III.) Lo and behold, she has him right back out on the campaign trail where he belongs, and this time it's for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the venerable statesman John "Mark" Warner!
Opposing Gilmore III is fellow ex-governor Mark "John" Warner, who is campaigning on a pledge to run for president within the next decade. To counter this, we expect Gilmore III to rile up the base by proposing the legalization of cloning for the exact window of time needed to do Ronald Reagan, after which it will become a felony. If only "Macaca" Allen had thought of that!
Tags: Catching Up With a Loser, Congressional Confidential, George Allen, Jim Gilmore, Mark Warner, Ronald Reagan, Rudy Giuliani, Stephen Colbert, Tom Vilsack
This is a big week for Fred Thompson. Not only does it mark his first Republican debate, but he's also announced the addition to of George Allen — the Man Who Would Be Candidate — to his campaign team. (Apparently, Mark Foley, Larry Craig, David Vitter and Tom DeLay were all unavailable.)
Many believe that had it not been for Allen's disappointing loss of his Senate seat following a series of devastating controversies, he would be the leading Republican presidential candidate today. Alas, that was not to be. But he can still be a huge help to his friend Freddie. He brings a wide array of talents to the table. Such as…
When it comes to name recognition, Allen's talents are unsurpassed. Within a few weeks, the words "Fred" and "Thompson" should be on the lips of every citizen between Richmond and Seattle. Just look at what he did for such an obscure word as "macaca."
Speaking of vocabulary, let's face it: Allen's a poet at heart. His amazing gift for colorful language will help Thompson elevate his orations to truly rapturous levels.
Expect to see Thompson's smiling face often when sorting through the mail. Allen allegedly has a lot of alleged experience with allegedly stuffing things into mailboxes. Allegedly.
Can help put Thompson in touch with a wide range of influential special interest groups, be they white, Caucasian, Anglo-European or pale face.
That Elusive X Factor
For a laid back, down-home, regular guy like Thompson, a little bit of Allen's plausibly deniable knack for surprise and theatrics will go a long way.
So congratulations to Mr. Thompson. His should be a spectacular presidential campaign. As his good friend Mr. Allen himself has said: "You can tell a lot about people by the folks they stand with."
Tags: Fred Thompson, George Allen, Propaganza