I agree with Lowell, this is outrageous.
I'm not sure it amounts to a proverbial Macaca moment for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that the offensive utterance is not coming from the candidate himself, and the utterence itself is not racially offensive as it is representative of an ignorant attitude, especially this insult thrown at many of my friends in Northern Virginia:
"And they have never fully understood how hard it is for a lot of people to put a paycheck together."
Is he friggin' kidding me. Yes, many folks up there are professionals who make good money. They work damn hard for it. The busted their butts in colleges, law schools, medical school and other graduate schools. They busted their butts doing scut level work for years in law firms and government offices, and then, when they finally made it, they got the reward of stressful jobs that require 70-80 hours a week. Just un-friggin' believeable.
This signals that Bob McDonnell plans on running a campaign of class warfare and division in the Commonwealth. It won't work.
In that sense, maybe this is a "macaca" moment. For George Allen, it spelled a specific point in time when the divisive politics of race -- of the real Virginia vs. some vague and menacing "other" failed the GOP. This may turn out to be another watershed moment when the Commonwealth, as a whole, turns its back on this sort of divisive argument.
H/T to NLS
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