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The Allen Campaign
Posted by: Dale Franks on Monday, September 25, 2006

At the outset, let me say to you, the reader, what I have already expressed to Jon. I don't have a dog in the Allen senate campaign, don't know much about it, and am uninterested in assisting it. That's not in any way a slam against Jon, who lives in Virginia, and has an interest in the outcome of this election, but a simple realization that I live 3,000 miles away across the country, and don't know Mr. Allen from Adam. As such, any blogging from me on the Allen Campaign should be taken with a grain of salt.

What I have noticed, though, is that the Allen Campaign has really generated a lot of press. It's almost as if the campaign has become symbolic of the whole 2006 election. It's a campaign the press has focused on, almost to the exclusion of every other senate campaign (in case you hadn't heard, 1/3 of the Senate is up for re-election).

Frankly, I'm curious as to why this is. Is it because it just happens to be so close to Washington DC, and because so many members of the political press live in Virginia? Or is it because the Allen Campaign encapsulates some larger issues that resonate with the body politic as a whole?

I'm sitting here 3,000 milles away, reading about the Allen campaign in the Washington Post, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal, and I'm just wondering...why?
 
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Because his opponent has been backed by the Netroots people and because Allen is a potential ’08 presidential candidate. Even if he is re-elected, there are those who want to cripple his chances of winning a presidential election or even nomination.

Just my 2 cents.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Perhaps the media views Allen as the embodiment of the GOP. Then there is also his name recognition, the whole "Macaca" nonsense and now the allegations of racism. The race issue is always a drawing card. Plus, Allen is said to be a GOP contender for Prez. Maybe he’s just the most outspoken and/or notable Publican. That might explain the absence of Mitt Romney news.
 
Written By: Joab
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What the other two guys said. Plus, his opponent is a former Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, and voted for Allen in 2000. There’s an "ex-Moderate Republican", or "Moderate Republican ex-Bush fan" angle that is familiar to the media and draws headlines.


More reasons: Allen had a much bigger lead than any other threatened Republican, and the Republicans losing a Southern State like Virginia has symbolic weight in the media (not that I’m saying they’re wrong about that, either). Going in, people had Burns, DeWine and Santorum all targeted for trouble, but Allen was expected, basically, to sail through.

Put it all together...

(one last thought: with the exception of Santorum, who is a dead duck, Allen is, of all the senators running, most cushy with the cultural/christian/social engineering right. You may have noticed that the cultural right gets a lot of headlines.
 
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Frankly, I’m curious as to why this is. Is it because it just happens to be so close to Washington DC, and because so many members of the political press live in Virginia? Or is it because the Allen Campaign encapsulates some larger issues that resonate with the body politic as a whole?
It’s intriguing because it operates on many levels. Race, religion, ethnicity, expectations, aspirations, the South, political correcness, image v. reality, etc.

It’s also like watching a car accident in slow motion. Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. It’s tabloid fodder. It’s just good entertainment.

And it affirms, but does not confirm, several stereotypes there are out there about the GOP.
 
Written By: mkultra
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And it affirms, but does not confirm, several stereotypes there are out there about the GOP.
Because there are no long-serving Democrat senators who also used the n-word and coincidentally come from a state with the word Virginia in its name.

(maybe it’s a Virginia problem, hint hint.)
 
Written By: Harun
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Because it’s a close race in an election that has been hyped as the one where the Democrats are (were?) supposed to take back at least one house of Congress if not both. One-third of the Senate may be up for re-election, but most of the races aren’t close. But for mi caca (Spanish for "my crap"), this one wouldn’t be, either.
 
Written By: Xrlq
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Frankly Dale there is way to much press about what goes on in this state. Having not lived here very long, It seams there are too many people who take themselves way too seriously. My neighbor has Kerry 08 signs up in her yard already. Where I live, Virginia is still battling with its demons on a daily basis at all levels of government. I will give you a heads up though. If you want to know what it will be like if the Democrats win control of the government come on down to cville. Style over substance, lots of trying little succeeding and keep your non-liberal thought to yourself (It is eerie).
 
Written By: coaster
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Don’t be silly....this one is getting the attention because the Dems need a boost to take the seat.

They won’t get it though
 
Written By: shark
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"Or is it because the Allen Campaign encapsulates some larger issues that resonate with the body politic as a whole?"

LOL. Yeah, the issues of maccacca, vitnam-era flak vests, etc.
 
Written By: timactual
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House and Senate leaders are more uncomfortable than their party’s most visible leader, because according to Capitol Hill sources, both Reid and Pelosi have pressed Democrat National Committee chairman Howard Dean to renounce the racist and anti-Semitic language and campaign tactics employed by those most closely associated with Dean’s wing of the party, but Dean has refused to do so.
 
Written By: Neo
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I don’t get why you’re so upset about Allen.

After what Rove did to McCain, a fellow Republican, we’re way past the bottom of the barrel and are digging around in the muck underneath. For those of you who don’t remember, it was insinuated that MCCain’s adopted daughter wan an illegitimate child.
When asked about it later, after he had make up with Bush, McCain said: "That’s just politics."

Maybe the Democrats are taking that message to heart, and this is ’just politics’. Hit anywhere you can, in any way you can.

You want to get upset? Get upset about this whole culture of elections by smear campaigsn, by the left, the right and the center.


 
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