The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Allen campaign attempts another spin on 'Macaca'

At this point, Allen might be wishing he'd just offered a quick apology and gotten this story out of the news. While the newest explanation isn't racist, it's still offensive and not very convincing, given that it's taken a couple of days to come up with it. It even throws in the beloved GOP "low-level staffer" excuse.

According to two Republicans who heard the word used, "macaca" was a mash-up of "Mohawk," referring to Sidarth's distinctive hair, and "caca," Spanish slang for excrement, or "shit."

Said one Republican close to the campaign: "In other words, he was a shit-head, an annoyance." Allen, according to Republicans, heard members of his traveling entourage and Virginia Republicans use the phrase and picked it up. It was the first word that came to his mind when he spied Sidarth at the weekend's event, according to Republicans who have been briefed on Allen's version of the event.

Of course, Allen didn't say Mo-caca. He said Ma-caca. Twice. And even though they've got a right-wing blogger circulating a photo that purportedly shows Sidarth's "mohawk," he still doesn't have one.