All Hail, Lowell — King of Virginia’s Nutroots!!! (Somebody get him a wet paper towel to wipe all that Grape Flavor-Aid off his mouth that The Nation magazine has given him to drink.)
First of all, this photo that Lowell has up at Raising Kaine was taken in 1996 at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference.) Now, I’ve been to CPAC and I know how these particular photo-ops are staged. Anyone can register for CPAC (even liberals like Lowell) and, if you have enough money to pay for the private reception, too, you can get tickets for that where you can have your picture taken with dignataries.
This is how it works. About 300-500 people buy the tickets to get into the private reception. If they want to, they then get in line to have their pictures taken with the dignataries. In this instance, George Allen was on one end of the photo and Charlton Heston was on the other end. Everyone who was in line steps up, gets between them, has about 3 seconds to say hello, a photo is snapped and they’re moved along quickly so the next person or group can have their picture taken. The dignataries are lucky to even catch the names of the people they’re having their pictures taken with let alone learn about their personal histories or that of their organizations.
So from this, Lowell then jumps to making the most outrageous statement of the 2006 campaign to date:
Is anybody out there still seriously arguing that George Allen isn’t an outright racist?
Of course, Lowell has his little weasel disclaimer at the end of this post:
Lowell Feld is Netroots Coordinator for the Jim Webb for US Senate Campaign. The ideas expressed here belong to Lowell Feld alone, and do not necessarily represent those of Jim Webb, his advisors, staff, or supporters.
Since Lowell’s ideas don’t “necessarily represent those of Jim Webb, his advisors, staff, or supporters,” Jim Webb owes the people of Virginia and George Allen the truth as to whether or not he thinks that Lowell’s assertion that George Allen is an “outright racist” is accurate or not. If he disagrees with Lowell, he should condemn him for making such a statement and take disciplinary action against him. If he agrees with Lowell, then he has an obligation to back up that assertion. Even Ben Tribbett at Not Larry Sabato isn’t buying into Lowell and The Nation’s sewage.
It is strange that after so many duplicate posts appeared simultaneously on Raising Kaine and Jim Webb’s blog that this one only appeared on Raising Kaine. Could that have been done to give Webb plausible deniability with regard to connection to this personal negative attack on George Allen? Or could it just be that Jim Webb isn’t filled with hatred for other people the way that so many of his supporters are? Personally, I think that Jim Webb, like George Allen, is an honorable man and doesn’t hate anyone.
So, why do Webb supporters like Lowell hate George Allen so much?
UPDATE: When the Southern Poverty Law Center uncovered the racist views of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) in 1998 (2 years AFTER the Allen photograph was taken), CPAC labeled CCC a racist organization and barred them from all events. The SPLC has tracked elected officials who have met with CCC following this designation and George Allen is NOT among them.
Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Nutroots_