As the designers of the Arizona 9/11 memorial might say:

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Either this is the filthiest trick the Dems ever pulled or this guy is done, done, done, beyond even the ability of a teary Robert Byrd-esque error-of-my-ways confession to save him. Check this out:

Shelton said he also remembers a disturbing deer hunting trip with Allen on land that was owned by the family of Billy Lanahan, a wide receiver on the team. After they had killed a deer, Shelton said he remembers Allen asking Lanahan where the local black residents lived. Shelton said Allen then drove the three of them to that neighborhood with the severed head of the deer. “He proceeded to take the doe’s head and stuff it into a mailbox,” Shelton said.

On the other hand:

Over the past week, Salon has interviewed 19 former teammates and college friends of Allen from the University of Virginia. In addition to the three who said Allen used the word “nigger,” two others who were contacted said they remember being bothered by Allen’s displaying the Confederate flag in college, but said they do not remember him acting in an overtly racist manner. Seven others said they did not know Allen well outside the football team, but do not remember Allen demonstrating any racist feelings. A separate seven teammates and friends said they knew Allen well and did not believe he held racist views. “I don’t believe he was insensitive,” said Paul Ryczek, who played center in Allen’s year before joining the Atlanta Falcons. “He had no prejudices, biases or anything else.”

I don’t know. Macacagate plus his fondness for confederate flags plus some other things equals I don’t know.

Probably best to take the Barnett approach at this point. I.e., if you’ve got to lose to a Democrat, you can do worse than Jim Webb.

Whatever they’re paying Jon Henke, it’s not enough.

Thanks to Jay Stephenson for the tip.

Update: I never know how seriously to take the Prowler, but for what it’s worth, they’ve got a report out this a.m. on Reid’s and Pelosi’s consternation at racism swirling around the Allen/Webb campaign — and it ain’t Allen’s alleged racism that’s supposedly got them worried. Dan Riehl’s been digging around too, trying to figure out whether Salon’s named source might have some ulterior motive for wanting to discredit Allen. Annnnd … he might.

I’m IMing with Mary K as I write this and she brought up something that occurred to me earlier too: wouldn’t the Dems’ opposition researchers have dug up this long ago? The guy’s been governor, then senator, and now he’s a presidential candidate. If they knew about this, why were they sitting on it? Why wouldn’t they have torpedoed him with it early in his career? Why, for that matter, would Shelton have sat on it? He was okay with a vicious racist being governor and senator, but now that Allen’s a dark-horse candidate for the presidency — who’s locked in a tight race for re-election — his conscience can bear no more?

And what’s up with that deer-head story, anyway?

Update: Excellent point by See-Dubya:

Note that even though Allen is already a Senator, his accuser Robert Shelton didn’t come forward with this story until this year, the year that Billy Lanahan, the third witness to “the deer head incident” died. Now it’s just Shelton’s word versus Allen’s.