"Macaca" has gone from an obscure Latin name for a genus of macaque to a political code word for foot-in-mouth.
It all began August 11 when Virginia's Republican Sen. George Allen used the term to refer to a college student volunteering for his opponent. Allen referred to S. R. Sidarth as "macaca" at a rally in the small town of Breaks, Va.
Ten years ago that statement would likely have disappeared into the political slop trough. Unfortunately for Allen, a video of this statement was uploaded onto YouTube and hence into the political blogosphere. Allen'… Read more