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. Big George in Big D

    For crying out loud – I've now heard it all! They need to look in their own back door – Bite Me Biden has made more gaffs than anyone!

    June 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. wake up

    Dems are just so disgusting. They are so embarrassed that their big government, big debt, inept running of government will obviously make them lose, they have to try to catch an error in speech.

    Obama is the biggest disappointment in American Politics in my lifetime (33 years).

    June 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    I am soooooooooo sick of the two major parties bad mouthing each other, finger pointing and playing gotcha!
    I have a news flash for all of you diehard fans of the Democrats and the Republicans. These two parties are not the answer to the situation this nation faces today. These two extremes will never compromise, they will not work together and they sure as hell do not care about "We (the little) People".
    We need to elect more moderates from either party. We need leaders who are willing to make the hard choices with the people in mind before the special interests.
    And shame on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and alike who feed into this mind set of pitting one party against the other all the time.
    This nation can fail and is very close to failing because we have forgotten what we are as Americans and as Americans we know we cannot fix every injustice in the world or in this nation today. But with hard work and true debate without all the shouting and name calling we can in time bring peace and prosperity back to this nation as a free country.

    June 29, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Clifford in New York

    The DNC will need all the "crutch" moments they can muster. This November will make the quickest political fall from grace EVER!

    June 29, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Bill

    Yeah, like the Dems have the economy to brag about. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Remember, "Never let a crisis go to waste ..."

    I hope George Allen runs for HIS senate seat in 2012. He shouldn't have lost last time.

    June 29, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Kevin

    What a terrific idea! This way, all you need is a co-conspirator shouting (off camera of course) some incendiary statements, followed by the predictable "these are the kinds of people who support Republican candidate X" statements from the DNC. The person holding the camera phone, of course, won't be able to get video of the co-conspirator in the crowd, but why let details get in the way of the larger story, right?

    June 29, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    They might look at that representative from North Carolina who shoved the students around or anytime Joe Biden opens his mouth. Then of course, that woudl not fit the inept, corrupt, union toady objectives of the DNC would it?

    June 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    So.........who's holding all the liars in the Democratic Party, accountable for their comments???????

    June 29, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. diana larsen

    and how do we hold the Democrates accountable? And how do we film integrity?

    June 29, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Sniffit

    As funny as I think this is, I'm honestly wondering whether it's even necessary. GOPers and conservatives around the country are more than happy to broadcast, televise, put on the intertubez, etc., their completely nonsensical ideological drivel and rabid hyper-critical "say anything" jibba jabba. Just look at Gorman in AZ, who is running an ad that's supposed to make people believe she is a good candidate solely because it shows her shooting several different types of guns at a range (why bother with substantive commentary on the issues?). Or that nutty Teatard who just did an ad in which he pushes a Lincoln impersonator around and calls income taxes and things like Medicare and welfare "slavery" in some crazy round-a-bout Kipling-esque "white man's burden" reference. Seriously...they're all too happy to confirm for us just how bogged down in their ideological quagmire they are...they're apparently even proud of it...but I suppose the website will provide us with plenty more material to laugh at.

    June 29, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  11. Gary

    If the Democrats would focus on cutting spending, holding the line on the current tax rates and balancing the budgets they would win....no maccaca moment needed.

    Why don't they clean up the gulf mess? Letting in foriegn cleaning vessels would make them look good. Right now they look incompetent.

    The mandate when Dems were elected was change and anti-Bush...IT WAS NOT HIGHER TAXES, IT WAS NOT MORE GOVERNMENT, IT WAS NOT SOCIALISM.

    Dems have spoiled a great opportunity;

    June 29, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Marie MD

    I am pretty sure there will be plenty . . . macaca, want my country back, death panels, shakedown, apologies to the wrong companies, nazi comparisons. The gobpers are full of them and it!

    June 29, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. tim

    HA!!!! What hypocricy! Who is holding our president accountable for all of the promises he made on the campaign trail while running for POTUS?
    The DNC needs to hold themselves responsible for everything they promise before looking across the aisle.
    I am so tired of the two main political parties in this country. It is so sad that we do not have a viable third party.

    June 29, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  14. Joel Noonan

    What could _possibly_ go wrong?

    June 29, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. Big Dave

    Cool, i have a video of Bob Ethridge roughing up a couple of college kids just for asking a simple question.......Oh wait, opps, Ethridge is a democrat. Lets try again, i have another video of Alexi Giannoulias doing a fundraiser while a couple of his goons rough up a guy with a camera.....Opps, he too is a democrat.

    June 29, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Hangar 13

    Good luck with that strategy, Joe Biden alone says more stupid things in an average day than every Republican has said since the Civil War.

    June 29, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. Malt

    There have been just as many 'slurs' from the left as the right. Also, there are plenty of slurs from minorities. It isn't right, but people need to be much smarter to lump everyone together.

    June 29, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Mike in SA

    It's almost as if the DNC doesn't realize that two can play that game.

    June 29, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Layla

    The TEA Parties have been doing this for over a year now, without regard to political party or affilitation.

    I think I'll stick with them.

    June 29, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    This is what Americans can expect from the DNC in their desperate efforts to ward off epic humiliation at the polls in November? Yes. It is much easier than explaining the lack of results from their fillibuster-proof majority in the Senate or to offer accountability for the dramatic increase in deficit spending in 2009 and 2010. They know what's coming. We told them but still they were so drunk with the power of a majority and an Obama administration that would sign any spending they put on his desk they couldn't contain themselves.

    June 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  21. phoenix86

    Accountability Project? The DNC should hold the democrats accountabile, but that would be beyond their intelligence level.

    June 29, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. munchmom

    So, the dems make their slimy way onto the internet to help their campaigns...sounds pretty typical of the disgusting ways they operate. And we thought they "promised" to clean up Washington–ha!

    June 29, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. IA

    The DNC is so worried about catching the RNC in a slip up, why don't they focus a little more of their attention on whats really important in this country. Just goes to show you what kind of people they are.

    June 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. GI Joe

    I hope someone (anyone) from one of the oil companies involved in the super-secretive meetings with Cheney comes out and tells us how much of our very soul, our money, our freedoms, was sold out by Cheney.

    June 29, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. lindaglenn

    somebody needs to because some American belivie everything Republicans say.

    June 29, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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