This is our junior Senator, someone who claims to represent everyone in the state.
Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) apologized Monday for what his opponent’s campaign said were demeaning and insensitive comments the senator made to a 20-year-old volunteer of Indian descent.
At a campaign rally in southwest Virginia on Friday, Allen repeatedly called a volunteer for Democrat James Webb “macaca.”
Depending on how it is spelled, the word macaca could mean either a monkey that inhabits the Eastern Hemisphere or a town in South Africa. In some European cultures, macaca is also considered a racial slur against African immigrants, according to several Web sites that track ethnic slurs.
Considering Allen’s past history, his apology and the explanations of his staff don’t sound very honest.
Oh, and he also wants to be the next President.
Update (8/16): The Daily Show does it’s usual superb job of putting this story in context: “… here in Virginia, still not sure if that helps or hurts a guy.”