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Can George Allen Stage A Comeback?

Posted on | October 19, 2010 | 7 Comments

by Smitty

The Virginia Conservative highlights a FaceBook group “Republicans Against a George Allen comeback” and floats the question about whether he can be rehabilitated.
A couple of points about ol’ George

  • He got royally screwed in 2006 by the single most extreme case of yellow journalism I have ever seen. Three syllables. Six letters. A word no one had heard of. As an academic study in propaganda, the Washington comPost merits kudos for turning gold into leaden lede. Other than that, the paper can, and will likely soon, rot, for all I care.
  • He accepted the unfairness with grace and class. Unlike some who won election to even higher office in 2008, I’ve never heard of any public hissy fits from Allen over that WaPo smear job. The good President could learn a lesson or two from Allen.
  • He has solid résumé. While new blood is desperately needed in Congress, having a few old goats around who know the ropes isn’t completely bad, so long as they’re not too mired in corruption. Tough balance, but Allen’s time out of office is a Good Thing in this respect.
  • He’s done yeoman work supporting other GOP candidates, like Patrick Murray.

If you don’t like George Allen, you might think that, like Mitt Romney, he’s too polished. Just a little too cozy with the whole public office thing. Thus, I’d conclude that the ball is in Allen’s court. Some Tea Party engagements, some demonstrated Federalism, maybe a solo in the anti-Progressive chorus, and George could prove a worthy replacement for Jim Webb.
Ultimately, we all need to be hypothetically capable of filling an office should Destiny thrust that upon us. (Please not me, Lord, Mrs. Other Smitty would be having none of that). The point being I don’t care about individuals as such–whoever is Constitutionally grounds, hates the Progressive lies that have bankrupted the country and can win the election is OK by me. Getting out there and supporting candidates is proving a fun experience. If George wins the GOP primary, he’s got my support.


7 Responses to “Can George Allen Stage A Comeback?”

  1. Ordinaryavggal
    October 19th, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

    This is OT, but it is being reported that multiple polling places in TX-30 (Pastor Stephen Broden vs. Eddie Bernice Johnson) do not have the Republican’s name on it and only list Johnson as an option for Congressperson.

  2. A Stephens
    October 19th, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

    I still can’t comprehend the “why” of macaca. I mean what the hell was the point? What was he hoping to convey? To be fair, in my view it seems somewhat trite, when considered against a full career resume but, where was this good mans good judgment? Why would that be the knee-jerk response to a heckler? Bizarre.

  3. Ellie Light
    October 19th, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

    I’d support George Allen. I support those who keep their promises and achieve results. Allen has. I believe he will do what he says he will.