The Man Who Might Have Been President

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Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 11:21 am

Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) has been out of the public eye for two years, and I’d forgotten how he can reduce everything to a football metaphor. An example, from his pitch for Republicans to be more tolerant of immigration:

I grew up in a football family. In sports, what you have is a level playing field… you don’t care about race, all you care about is who can help you win. Team America has to have that same competitive spirit!

Allen asks the room to think about what Americans are “saying around the kitchen table”–shades of Joe Biden. Unlike Biden, he suggests Republicans push “the energy issue, even though it might be number three” in polls of their priorities. “There is no single silver bullet. We need silver buckshot!”

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chris
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 9:03 am

Yup he might have been president except for the fact that he is a one more republican ZERO ! !


ajm8127
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 10:10 am

Team America? Wasn't that a movie with puppets. “America…F*** yeah!”


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 1:11 pm

I followed the link from ThinkProgress, and I'm having trouble spotting the OUTRAGE! Could Weigel do his best (which is never good enough) to explain it to us?

As for being “more tolerant of immigration”, Americans are more tolerant than almost everyone else, considering that we admit around a million people per year. What Weigel means is “more tolerant of illegal activity and giving power inside the U.S. to corrupt foreign governments and far-left racial power groups”.

P.S. Here's more on Dave Weigel.


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E Joyce
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

When people show you who they are, you should believe them and act accordingly. The Republican party clearly demonstrated their views tolerance, inclusiveness and “team America” (what was it Palin said about where real America is located?) throughout the primary and presidential campaign. To attempt to switch horses now, in order to stop the republican train from speeding toward a cliff, is thinly veiled hypocrisy. Do you really think we buy it?


Karla McGowan
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

Is this a recent interview? Or is this from the campaign?


chris
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

Yup he might have been president except for the fact that he is a one more republican ZERO ! !


ajm8127
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

Team America? Wasn't that a movie with puppets. “America…F*** yeah!”


24AheadDotCom
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

I followed the link from ThinkProgress, and I'm having trouble spotting the OUTRAGE! Could Weigel do his best (which is never good enough) to explain it to us?

As for being “more tolerant of immigration”, Americans are more tolerant than almost everyone else, considering that we admit around a million people per year. What Weigel means is “more tolerant of illegal activity and giving power inside the U.S. to corrupt foreign governments and far-left racial power groups”.

P.S. Here's more on Dave Weigel.


E Joyce
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 11:33 pm

When people show you who they are, you should believe them and act accordingly. The Republican party clearly demonstrated their views tolerance, inclusiveness and “team America” (what was it Palin said about where real America is located?) throughout the primary and presidential campaign. To attempt to switch horses now, in order to stop the republican train from speeding toward a cliff, is thinly veiled hypocrisy. Do you really think we buy it?


Karla McGowan
Comment posted February 19, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

Is this a recent interview? Or is this from the campaign?


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