If this sort of thing killed candidacies… 27 April 2006Posted by marisacat in 2006 Mid Terms, 2008 Election, DC Politics.
Well, think… who is in office now…
Still, it is not uninteresting, not at all. From Lizza in TNR, and it looks as though someone unloaded some timely oppo.
On George Allen (R-VA). But maman appears to have been a hoot…
Catch this from her:
Even the elder George Allen wasn't Southern–he grew up in the Midwest–but the oddest part of the myth of George Allen's Dixie rusticity is his mother.
Rather than a Southern belle, Etty was, in fact, French, and, as such, she was a deliciously indiscreet cultural libertine. She would do housework in her bra and panties. She wore muumuus and wraparound sunglasses and once won a belly button contest.
According to Jennifer, "Mom prided herself for being un-American. … She was ashamed that she had given up her French citizenship to become a citizen of a country she deemed infantile." When her husband later moved the family to Virginia, Etty despised living in the state. She was also anti-Washington before her son ever was, albeit in a slightly more continental fashion.
"Washingtonians think their town resembles Paris," she once scoffed. "If Paris passed gas, you'd have Washington."
At least mum is fun.