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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Nyhan on George Allen's Problems with Race

Brendan Nyhan (of Spinsanity fame) has a rundown of George Allen's previous racial problems. Here's the executive summary:
In short, Allen's very long list of racially insensitive actions has grown again. He's twice referred to his opponent's non-white campaign staffer using a term that means monkey, hung a noose from a tree in his law office, displayed a Confederate flag on numerous occasions from 1967-2000, featured the flag in his first statewide television ad in Virginia, signed a Confederate Heritage Month proclamation that described the Civil War as "a four-year struggle for independence and state's rights," opposed the 1991 Civil Rights Act, opposed creating a holiday for Martin Luther King, voted against changing a racially offensive state song, and initially defended Trent Lott after he praised Strom Thurmond's Dixiecrat presidential candidacy.

Do you want a man with that resume as President?
No. I also don't want him to be a US Senator.

Vote for Jim Webb, Virginians. George Allen does not represent us.

Update 12:30 PM: Washington Post Editorial takes Allen to task.

Update 1:30 PM: This story is everywhere. It has even reached India. (George Allen once again showing his foreign policy acumen.)

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