How, pray tell, will this help the Thompson campaign?
George “Macaca” Allen joins Fred Thompson's team. I'm not kidding.
Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), whose White House hopes vanished in a “macaca” moment, was named a top adviser yesterday to Fred Thompson's White House campaign.
…Thompson spokeswoman Karen Hanretty said Allen was “greatly respected by the conservative base” despite his macaca reference in 2006 to a volunteer of Indian ancestry for rival Jim Webb (D-Va.), who went on to win the race.
Allen said later that he didn't know what the term meant, but he apologized for what can be considered a racial slur in North Africa.
This post actually dovetails nicely with my last one on the rash of noose incidents in the wake of the Jena 6 march. George Allen knows all about nooses. From a profile in The New Republic:
Campaigning for governor in 1993, he admitted to prominently displaying a Confederate flag in his living room. He said it was part of a flag collection–and had been removed at the start of his gubernatorial bid. When it was learned that he kept a noose hanging on a ficus tree in his law office, he said it was part of a Western memorabilia collection. These explanations may be sincere. But, as a chief executive, he also compiled a controversial record on race. In 1994, he said he would accept an honorary membership at a Richmond social club with a well-known history of discrimination–an invitation that the three previous governors had refused. After an outcry, Allen rejected the offer. He replaced the only black member of the University of Virginia (UVA) Board of Visitors with a white one. He issued a proclamation drafted by the Sons of Confederate Veterans declaring April Confederate History and Heritage Month. The text celebrated Dixie's “four-year struggle for independence and sovereign rights.” There was no mention of slavery.
Only a decade ago, as governor of Virginia, Allen personally initiated an association with the Council of Conservative Citizens, the successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council and among the largest white supremacist groups.
…Descended from the White Citizens' Councils…the CCC is designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. In its “Statement of Principles,” the CCC declares, “We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called “affirmative action” and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.”
Fred, you couldn't have selected a better choice as your top adviser. Party on!