The biggest problem with the leftward drift of the Democratic party is that the fringe has lost all sense of boundaries and decency. Yet the party keeps sliding in that direction not understanding, apparently, how badly it makes them look to the moderates they need to win over. When the fringe spins something up, they consistently overplay their hand to the point that revulsion sets in among the unaffiliated voters. The Senate campaign in Virginia has reached that point now.
A field organizer for Democratic congressional candidate Al Weed resigned yesterday after it was discovered that she referred to Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) as "Macacawitz."
In an e-mail sent last night, Meryl Ibis asked Democratic supporters to protest "George 'Macacawitz' Allen" during a Republican rally in Danville.
The term "Macacawitz" is an apparent reference to Allen's use of the word "macaca" and the recent discovery that he has Jewish heritage.
Weed spokesman Kurt Gleeson said the staffer "made a mistake in her language that was not sanctioned by the campaign." Weed is challenging Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. (R-Va.) in the Southside district.
The spillover into a house race of the entire flap in the Senate race is a sign of a badly overplayed hand. The fact that this staffer completely lacked any sort of scruples about the way she used that term to describe Allen shows a level of hate that simply turns average people off. Too many Democrats fail to see the problem with this behavior. The Allen campaign pointed out that the staffer also volunteered for the Webb campaign. The Webb campaign shrugged it off. Frankly, they missed an opportunity to limit the damage.