Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Double Standards

As many of you know, the folks over at Raising Kaine seem to think a Republican ethnic rally in Alexandria is nothing more than a "Monkey Fest". Don't forget, this comment is from a paid member of Jim Webb's staff.

As always, the media has been largely silent from what I can tell over this issue. Nothing surprises me about that. It does make me wonder though what would happen if the tables were turned. If Allen's new media coordinator Jon Henke had said something even remotely this "offensive", it would be front page news in every major newspaper in the Commonwealth; not to mention dems from all across the state would be calling for his dismissal and a formal apology from George Allen himself.

Under our current situation, Jim Webb is silent on the issue and the dems are passing it off as sour grapes and feined offensiveness from the Republicans. Isn't it wrong no matter who says or does it? Isn't the letter from the ethnic rally's organizers enough to prove the outrage? When will dems get called out for saying racially and ethnically offensive comments? Its a double standard.

If George Allen's comment was a scandal, then a Webb staffer calling minorities monkeys should be one too.


  • At 9/08/2006 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If Webb had made the comment it would be an issue...a staff person not so much.

  • At 9/09/2006 9:53 AM, Blogger Arlyss said…

    As a person who plans to vote for Webb, I do hope that this individual on his staff is reprimanded for such racist comments. Fair is fair.

    As to the GOP in VA, I think both Republicans and Democrats should make a greater effort to work for the best interests of those who voted for them once they are elected. Virginia could end up being the national leader for consensus, managerial-based politics, rather than the current style of "You sling mud, I sling mud."


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