In August 2006 hortly after then-Virginia Republican Senator George Allen, running for re-election, called an operative from his opponent’s campaign “macaca,” he apologized:
Reached Monday evening, Allen said that the word had no derogatory meaning for him and that he was sorry. “I would never want to demean him as an individual. I do apologize if he’s offended by that. That was no way the point.”
Despite the apology, the Washington Post alone would ran over 100 articles (159 by one count) suggesting the Republican was a racist. While Allen’s former colleague from the Golden State Ma’am Babara Boxer has yet to apologize for an exchange which demonstrated more clear racial bias than did Allen’s odd comment,* I doubt any large California paper will run nearly that many articles suggesting the Democrat is a racist. Indeed, I wonder if any of them will notice it at all.**
Ma’am Boxer is counting on the complicity of the press in keeping her arrogant and offensive statements from the public. It’s why we in the rightosphere must do the work the media would do were the junior Senator from California a Republican. Had a Republican woman so arrogantly demanded that someone testifying before a Seante committee call her “Senator” instead of “Ma’am,” they would have made mincemeat of her, mocking her in editorials and TV news items. Had a black businessman accused a Republican Senator of racial condescension, it would have lead the news and made the front page of any number of papers.
Talking heads would debate the comment on cable news networks.
Since her first statewide campaign in 1992, Ma’am Boxer has won election and reelection by attacking her opponents, not by defending her record. What has she done for the Golden State which currently has an unemployment rate of 11.6%, a full 1.7% higher than at the peak of the 1992 recession just before she was elected to the Senate?
It’s time to remind voters how little she has done for the state while promoting a left-wing agenda and to show just how arrogant and often incoherent she has been. She has been an embarrassment to the State, quickly regaining the crown of Senate clown that former funnyman Al Franken seemed certain to usurp.
More on this anon, much more.
*In contending that Allen meant “macaca” as a racial slur, reporters pointed out that the word is indeed such a slur in “some European cultures” without showing how Allen might be familar with such slang. They readily dismissed the campaign’s claim that the then-Senator was referring to the operative’s hairstyle — which looked, to him like a “mohawk.”
**When I have a moment, I hope to do a few google searches to test this hypothesis. In the meanwhile, if you have time, please feel fee to conduct your own searches and indicate the resutls in the comments section. (With a number of obligations, I have far less time to blog than I normally do.)