"I never want to embarrass or demean anyone, and I apologize if my comments offended this young man. Even though he has signed onto my opponent's campaign, I look forward to seeing him on the trail ahead." George Allen, 8.14.06
"According to two Republicans who heard the word used, 'macaca' was a mash-up of "Mohawk," referring to Sidarth's distinctive hair, and "caca," Spanish slang for excrement, or "shit."...Said one Republican close to the campaign: 'In other words, he was a shit-head, an annoyance.' Allen, according to Republicans, heard members of his traveling entourage and Virginia Republicans use the phrase and picked it up." Hotline on Call, 8.16.06
So, to paraphrase: George Allen called this young man, Mr. Sidarth, a shit-head but he didn't mean it in an embarrassing or demeaning way? This is Allen's version of damage control? "I didn't call him a monkey; I called him a shit-head. And I still don't understand why he would be upset by that." Granted, I assume people refer to Senator Allen as shit-head all the time. Sidarth just isn't used to it.
There seems to be a new explanation for this every single day. Notice that today's 'shit-head' excuse comes from two anonymous sources. That fact, after days of named sources, pretty much gives away the lie. Who are these mystery Republicans that know so much but have failed to come forward for the last five days? This is the "aggressive" spin tactic - y'know, he was just putting this pesky know-it-all kid in his place.
If you haven't seen the video, YouTube it. And then send lots of money to the Jim Webb campaign.