Recording Candidates' Every Word

Friday, August 19, 2011


In 2006, Virginia Senate incumbent George Allen dashed his political career when he threw an obscure racial epithet at a young man who had been sent to record him in the hopes of capturing just such an incident.  The era of real-time gaffe tracking was born.  A progressive super PAC named American Bridge 21st Century is recording every utterance of the republican presidential contenders in the hopes of capturing a terminal slip of the tongue.  American Bridge President Rodell Mollineau lays out the stakes for Bob. 

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Rodell Mollineau

Comments [2]


Another one-sided OTM story. Oh, that's right, Brook. "The truth skews liberal," so you don't have to have voices from the right on your show.

Aug. 22 2011 12:59 PM
Philip Prindeville from Portland, OR

"Obscure racial epithet"? Or complete fabrication?

No one seems to be able to find any previous usage of the supposed racial epithet "macaca" ever.

The idea of choosing to insult someone with a term so "obscure" as to leave people scratching their head makes no sense. If you're going to denigrate someone on the campaign trail, you're speaking to a large public and you're going to use words everyone can understand.

Not something that only a handful of folks who lived in the Congo in the '60's would understand.

Has everyone in the press corps really never heard of Occam's Razor?

Aug. 20 2011 02:31 PM

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