Macacawitz

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How can we be sure that the Democrats will turn every media lob in their direction into a foul hit? Because that is their consistent record.

With the Washington Post having magnified beyond all significance George Allen's remark to a rival campaign worker who was dogging him and with a reporter from a local TV station having rudely interjected the into a debate a question about his mother's Jewish heritage, the Dems may have thought they'd tarred him with certain segments of voters.

Today, they "Wellstone funeraled" it and lost whatever advantage the press handed them:

A field organizer for Democratic congressional candidate Al Weed resigned yesterday after it was discovered that she referred to Sen. George Allen (R—Va.) as "Macacawitz."

In an e—mail sent last night, Meryl Ibis asked Democratic supporters to protest "George 'Macacawitz' Allen" during a Republican rally in Danville.

The term "Macacawitz" is an apparent reference to Allen's use of the word "macaca" and the recent discovery that he has Jewish heritage.

Weed spokesman Kurt Gleeson said the staffer "made a mistake in her language that was not sanctioned by the campaign." Weed is challenging Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R—Va.) in the Southside district.

Clarice Feldman   10 05 06

How can we be sure that the Democrats will turn every media lob in their direction into a foul hit? Because that is their consistent record.

With the Washington Post having magnified beyond all significance George Allen's remark to a rival campaign worker who was dogging him and with a reporter from a local TV station having rudely interjected the into a debate a question about his mother's Jewish heritage, the Dems may have thought they'd tarred him with certain segments of voters.

Today, they "Wellstone funeraled" it and lost whatever advantage the press handed them:

A field organizer for Democratic congressional candidate Al Weed resigned yesterday after it was discovered that she referred to Sen. George Allen (R—Va.) as "Macacawitz."

In an e—mail sent last night, Meryl Ibis asked Democratic supporters to protest "George 'Macacawitz' Allen" during a Republican rally in Danville.

The term "Macacawitz" is an apparent reference to Allen's use of the word "macaca" and the recent discovery that he has Jewish heritage.

Weed spokesman Kurt Gleeson said the staffer "made a mistake in her language that was not sanctioned by the campaign." Weed is challenging Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R—Va.) in the Southside district.

Clarice Feldman   10 05 06