The race for U. S. Senate in Virginia has hardly begun, and for the second time I’m getting called names by George Allen supporters. First, one supporter says that anyone who doesn’t toe the George Allen line is a troll. Now they’re calling me a bigot on the same day Allen bent over backwards on an apology tour about the 2006 “macacca” incident. Seriously, has anyone bothered to think for one moment that maybe the problem here is an institutional penchant for badly considered name calling?
Today’s incident started when I asked Ben Marchi a question on twitter, after he posted a nice little cheerleading post about how Christian conservatives were warmly receptive to Allen’s remarks at today’s Faith and Family Conference in DC. Given the story about how Allen’s Aldersgate United Methodist Church is providing space in their facilities to a mosque (story here), it would seem unusual to me that Christian conservatives are giving Allen a “warm reception.” Maybe they just don’t know about this, which is quite possible since only a couple of blogs have been talking about it.
Marchi, who I have always considered a friend and has been an all-around great guy, left as Virginia director of Americans for Prosperity this year in order to work for the George Allen campaign. After the Aldersgate story broke, I tried to contact the Allen campaign, sending emails to everyone who had littered my email inbox with such things as Susan Allen’s public schedule or George Allen’s response to whatever happened in Congress, or some reminder that ten years ago George Allen did something laudable. Silence. One person I hadn’t checked with was Ben Marchi, and there was a reminder on twitter that I could reach out to him.
So here’s the response I get: “@gletiecq why do u hate non christians? There’s no room in the @VA_GOP 4 bigots. Hats off to@georgeallenva 4 making right decision.”
Now I haven’t had a solid opinion on the Senate race, and having this unfold so early when this November we’ve got a lot of important races that are going on right now has been annoying. I don’t want to think about a Senate race that isn’t happening until November 2012, but I keep getting dragged back to it. My expectation was that I’d pretty much ignore the darned thing until after this November and then it would be worth talking about. The best laid plans…
Anyways, I figure that if the Allen team calls me bad names one more time I’ll just conclude that there’s some sort of frat boy meme running through the campaign. If that meme predisposes Allen’s staff to act like a bunch of eight year olds who want to alienate any voters who don’t gleefully swallow the campaign’s narrative without question, they’ll end up pissing everyone else off as well, and I won’t even have to burn down their campaign. They’ll do it all on their own.
Seriously, I’ve never had a Republican campaign call me, or any other voters names. Ever.
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