June 29th, 2010
10:49 AM ET
4 years ago

DNC looks for another 'macaca' moment

Former Sen. George Allen was taped in 2006 using a slur at a campaign event. The DNC is launching a new website designed to capture similar moments.
Former Sen. George Allen was taped in 2006 using a slur at a campaign event. The DNC is launching a new website designed to capture similar moments.

Washington (CNN) – A new website run by the Democratic National Committee designed to aggregate video footage of Republican candidates on the campaign trail is scheduled to make its debut Tuesday.

A part of the DNC's "Accountability Project," the site will be "devoted to citizens uploading content from political events including audio and video – a central resource to hold Republicans accountable," DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse in a statement.

Users will be encouraged to upload videos of Republican candidates – for both the 2010 midterm races and the 2012 presidential election – recorded on the campaign trail, as well as campaign literature and mailings.

The site will "increase the number of people out there who with nothing more than a smart phone at hand can hold Republicans accountable for what they say on the campaign trail," Woodhouse said.

The launch will be announced Tuesday in an e-mail to supporters from DNC Research Directory Shauna Daly, who will site the example of former Republican Sen. George Allen's use of a slur caught on tape at a 2006 campaign event as the kind of video being sought.

That incident, and the fallout that followed, contributed to the election of Democratic Sen. Jim Webb.


Filed under: 2010 • DNC
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. WHAT

    Say one thing and do nothing,that's the GOP way.

    June 29, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sounds like a good concept. Almost like youtube for politicians. While I'm not surprised by the ignorant things that come out of republicans mouths', I think they need to be exposed for who they really are and who they stand for. It sure ain't the American people.

    June 29, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Larry

    Someone needs to proof these items big time. Since when are 'site' and 'cite' used interchangeably? Our schools must really be churning them out wholesale.

    June 29, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  4. U.S. Common Sense

    I request that the DNC hold themselves equally accountable ... if they are man enough.

    June 29, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  5. David in Houston

    Republicans being held accountable for their words/actions...what a novel concept!

    June 29, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. mike

    lets make sure that the voters understand that republicans are not
    about the people they represent but about the companies they
    protect there is nothing that is put on the floor of the congress or the
    senate that they don't say no to with no solutions but to make fun
    of people that are trying to make a change wake up this is a world that is global and if we don't get rid of the fools that are in office now that have
    this races views then we will never be a part of the world that we are in

    June 29, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. obama-sux

    Lets do a DOS attack on this foul DNC effort. The filthy liberals are more intent on crushing anyone who doesn't agree with them because they have lost in the arena of ideas.

    June 29, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. AEK

    Great idea! Won't work though. They will lie, deny, and their constituents will believe the lie. See, you just don't get it...those Republicans and tea party folks are saying exactly what their people want to hear no matter how outrageous it is. The only good it will do is possibly persuading some of the more reasonable registered Republicans and independents to see how far to the right that party has drifted with the help of Sister Sarah, the idiot; and Brother Rush, the hypocrite.

    June 29, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. maf

    Good idea though double edged! People who live in glass houses. . .

    June 29, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. tanbec

    I think we need this for both parties. Like the Republicans are the only one's who lie. Give me a break......

    June 29, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. Scott Price

    DON'T THROW STONES IF YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE. Dems have Biden and their share of idiots too.

    June 29, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  12. bkbf

    Dems control everything and they need to worry about their own accountability, instead of playing gotcha games. We have the most incompetent president and congress in history.

    June 29, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Ron in California.

    Doesn't the DNC get enough Maccaca comments from Biden? Also, do they have a platform?

    June 29, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Carmen

    Way to keep things focused on the issues, Dems. No way is this going to backfire. And this is who we're counting on to hold off the Republicans from selling us to Halliburton?

    June 29, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. Randall in Torrance, CA - I used to vote Republican then I learned to read

    Ha ha. This is really cool. Holding the pricks bastard Republicans accountable on the trail. This is exactly what tehy fear – THE TRUTH! The truth, to Republicans is like sunlight to Vampires – they will die.

    Republicans hate the middle-class and people who are not pure white. Just look at a Tea PArty rally – there's not one black or latino person in sight. They are the Nazi Party. Hitler would be so proud if he saw these traitors in the streets trying to overthrow democracy in action.

    Hey Republicans – you lost the election because you are a bunch of corporate lovers in bed with BP. You are fools and America rejects your ideas.

    June 29, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  16. PssttCmere

    And the dems hit new lows in an effort to make themselves look like the better choice. Their choices, so far, have wreaked nothing but havoc on America. Have to wonder if they realize how very desperate this makes them look!!

    June 29, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. Dano

    It's sad that both parties have to resort to low-level crap like this, but I guess it's a sign of how far US politics has fallen. Rather than run on their own ideas and accomplishments politicians more often try to smear their opponent to get elected. Truly sad indeed.

    June 29, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. bkbf

    I'm sure CNN, NBC, ABC, and MSNBC will be there to play over and over again any conservative comments and ignore all dem gaffs, like they always do. They american people have finally figured out what the liberal meeting is doing and have quit watching. That is why their ratings are in the tank. I used to only watch CNN and with their endless praising of the Dems, even though I was one. I noticed all they ever did was cover for Dems and trash Rep. That is wrong!

    June 29, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. JonDie

    There were eight "macaca" years. E.g., from 2002 to 2008, Bush (a wartime desertor) and Cheney (a wartime draft dodger) left our troops in Afghanistan without no mission, no leadership and no strategy (in order to invade and loot Iraq getting 50,000+ U.S. soldiers needlessly killed or wounded and running up hundreds of billions of dollars of debt in order to enrich their corporate supporters at Halliburton and Blackwater)...and the media said almost NOTHING.

    Meanwhile the Taliban completely re-built and re-armed and our NATO allies, who wisely avoided Iraq but which supported us wholeheartedly in Afghanistan, now realize that following the U.S. anywhere, is just plain stupid (I notice you in the media don't ever mention NATO in your reports).

    June 29, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. thor

    The democrats are starting to act desperately.Obama's friends are starting to act like members of the Nixon's clan where they had to keep a so-called enemies's list !!!!

    June 29, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Troy

    This would be a good idea if the Democrats were held accountable to, especially during the last presidential race when Obama made a promise and then broke it. Or maybe the media could just hold the Democrats to the same standards they hold the Republicans. That would be a miracle!!!!

    June 29, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. Coherent1

    You don't have do this. This could backfire really badly. Dems live in glass houses as well. We've got the picture based on policy, response, and code words. Republican's, not all of them, are as transparent as water goblets. Setting up a gotcha camp is not what we need. We need them to continue with their No Strategy; it reminds us that they have no strategy. Can't believe I considered the Republican Party, but Dems are walking the line. Let it go.

    June 29, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Anonymous

    An absolute new low for the Democrats. Let everyone know that you can win, not by your political beliefs but by totally disgracing your opponents. This sounds like the person I want to run my country.

    June 29, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. Dave Harris

    Catching Republicans saying stupid things is like shooting fish in a barrel.

    June 29, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Chris

    so... they're only interested in holding Republicans accountable? Democrats get the benefit of the doubt? Hmm...

    June 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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