On Candid Camera

Republican Senator George Allen of Virginia, a sunny conservative, had hoped to use his re-election race this year to build the machinery for a White House run in 2008. Last week he became the first political victim of the phenomenal YouTube era. Allen is videotaped at each campaign stop by a "tracker" for his Democratic opponent, James Webb. Such operatives are standard on the stump, and aides warn candidates to ignore them. But Allen, speaking at a rural picnic, took the bait. He singled out the Webb volunteer, who is of Indian descent, telling the crowd to welcome "Macaca." That's either...

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