Senator George Allen [R-VA] seemed a lock for reelection. That is, before the "stunning" revelation that, as a college student in the 1970s, he used the "N" word.
Allen, in addition, stands accused of racial insensitivity because he recently used the term "macaca." Here's the story. Shekar Ramanuja Sidarth, who works for Allen's opponent, followed and filmed Allen during the senator's campaign stops. Sidarth's parents came from India, but he was born in Fairfax County, Virginia. At a campaign rally, Allen pointed to the man and said, "Let's give a welcome to Macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia." Apparently, some consider the term "macaca" -- which can mean "monkey" -- a racial slur. Allen publicly and privately apologized, personally calling the young man to express his remorse.
Let's play who's-the-racist-and-what-is-the-statute-of-limitations.
Consider the allegations that Allen's Democratic opponent, Jim Webb, also used the "N" word. According to former acquaintance Dan Cragg, while a freshman from 1963 to 1964 at University of Southern California, Webb used to drive through Watts, a predominantly black area of Los Angeles, pointing rifles and shouting the "N" word at blacks. Moreover, Webb, a published novelist, liberally uses the "N" word in his work. Examples: "They want stupid n*ggers, they'd all pay to see a dumb*ss n*gger." -- "Fields of Fire," p. 302. "Don't know why I crave watermelon the way I have over the past few weeks. Jimmy says I must have a n*gger in the woodpile." -- "A Country Such As This," p. 34.
What about the man known as the "conscience of the Senate," Senator Robert Byrd [D-WVA]? He belonged to the Klan during the 1940s, where he served as a "Kleagle" -- a Klan recruiter. Back then, Byrd referred to American blacks as "race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."
How about then-Arkansas governor Bill Clinton? According to Clinton's bodyguard, Arkansas State Trooper Larry Patterson, Clinton frequently used the "N" word, using it to describe Reverend Jesse Jackson, as well as a local black civil rights leader. Said Patterson, "When [Bill Clinton] had black political leaders in the state and he disagreed with them, he would frequently use the 'N' word."
What about former First Lady and current Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton [D-NY]? She allegedly called Clinton's congressional campaign adviser, who failed to secure her then-boyfriend's 1974 election to Congress, a "f***ing Jew bastard." Not only did Paul Fray -- the target -- go public, so did his wife, as well as campaign aide and businessman Neil McDonald.