Remember how there were initially three accusers who spoke to Salon? One was Dr. Ken Shelton, the other two were anonymous. One of them came forward today. And guess what.
Days before being contacted by Salon, Sabornie said he had sent an unsolicited e-mail to Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, a prominent liberal blogger at DailyKos.com, describing his memories of Allen’s racist behavior. Sabornie said he also has posted on the DailyKos site as a reader in 2004, criticizing the performance of President Bush.
Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee also notes this passage from WaPo’s latest on N-wordgate:
Patricia Waring, who described herself as the wife of Allen’s rugby coach in 1978 and 1979, said she overheard Allen repeatedly using the epithet during a match in 1978. She said she confronted Allen at the time, urging him not to use that word.
“I heard to my left, the N-word, and I heard it again, and I looked around and heard it again,” she said. “And there was this fellow sitting on the ground. He was putting on red rugby shoes — it is seared in my brain, believe me. And he was kind of showing off, I guess, but he was telling a story and . . . in the story was a lot of N-words.”
Seared, seared into her memory!
Eh. I still think he’s probably guilty, but this is all sketchy enough that I’ll be a good boy and link Jon Henke’s bullet-point comparison of Allen and Webb on the issues. It’s much more persuasive than John Hawkins’s attempted takedown of Webb, which is understandable from a revenge standpoint but goofy in terms of the comparison it draws.
Allen’s being interviewed on Hannity & Colmes tonight at 9. KP told me today she’ll be on afterwards for “analysis,” so maybe we’ll have video of that. She also asked me for prep help — specifically, to explain to her why conservatives seem not to be bothered by his affection for the confederate flag, which, after all, was the official state symbol of a racist, slaveholding regime. I did my best to respond but told her I’m not the best guy to ask for a vigorous defense of Senator Macaca. She also wanted to know why conservatives think it’s okay to fly the the flag of the confederacy or any other foreign state except Mexico.
I told her I’d be sure to put that headscratcher to the boss.
Update: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this, plucked by Captain Ed from yesterday’s WaPo. Allen hasn’t been accused of anything so repulsive:
Cragg, 67, who lives in Fairfax County, said on Wednesday that Webb described taking drives through the black neighborhood of Watts, where he and members of his ROTC unit used racial epithets and pointed fake guns at blacks to scare them.
“They would hop into their cars, and would go down to Watts with these buddies of his,” Cragg said Webb told him. “They would take the rifles down there. They would call then [epithets], point the rifles at them, pull the triggers and then drive off laughing. One night, some guys caught them and beat . . . them. And that was the end of that.”
Update: Nothing too interesting in the H&C interview, which wasn’t an H&C interview at all but an H interview. Colmes wasn’t included in the segment. Weak.
Gratuitous KP Dem-bashing video! I figure if I cut and post enough of these, the nutroots will chase her out of the party.