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. razmataz

    Perhaps the Dems don't realize that door swings both ways. I reckon conservatives, Tea party members, and an ever-increasing number of independents also have the same phones.
    Perhaps they'll find another "Big f'in' deal," moment. Both parties might be better served addressing the issues rather than playing all these d@mn 'Gotcha' politics. I believe this November, we Americans are going to demand better. I think incumbent heads are gonna roll on bothsides of the aisle, but it's gonna be worse for the Dems.

    June 29, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. A. Goodwin

    Awesome – I will support this 100%.

    June 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. Mesa Mick

    Watch out DNC – - -

    Your new site is gonna crash in about 10 minutes with all the videos that will come flooding in from rethuglicants sticking their foot in their mouths, putting their heads up their butts or calling any people of color something racist in nature.

    There are gonna be so many southern accents on that site you'll think you're watching reruns of Hee Haw...

    June 29, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    Awesome! Calling them out . . . love it!

    June 29, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. stacy

    Well... isn't this a new and unique approach to politics.... actually holding politicians accountable for their campaign promises.... WOW..... what a great idea! Think maybe we'll get around to term limits too!!!!!

    June 29, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Bob

    The left-wing Dems are scared. They know the American people are against the majority of their policies including spending, immigration, and health care. The Republicans don't need a web site for this. Concerned Americans are already posting videos of out of control Dems.

    June 29, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. db

    Maybe if the DNC had better candidates, they wouldn't need to resort to this kind of desperate measure...

    June 29, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It's about time the people are going to hold Republicans accountable for some of the ugly things they have been caught saying and then attempt to cover it up with a lie.

    June 29, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. kimberly

    Its a good idea! the republican conventions and events often turn into nothing more than hate filled speaches filled with racist undertones. They are intolerant of ANY ONE that is not white and Christian. I hope this catches alot of these nasty vile right wingers showing their true colors!

    June 29, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. George

    Great idea, but this sword can cut both ways.

    June 29, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Sanjay 28

    Next week, the RNC will launch it's site showing Democrats saying stupid stuff. The difference is that the RNC site will only have one "star"...Joe Biden.

    June 29, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. AR

    Headline should read: "Increasingly Desperate Democrats Dig for Dirt on Opponents: Concede Battle on Actual Policy Issues"

    June 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  13. Bill Castle

    I thought Obama was post-partisan, chalk full of hope and change, turning his back on the politics of the past. Or were those just words?

    June 29, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. JDD

    I'd be more interested in a site that asked for examples of either party, and wanted to keep both parties accountable.

    Until then, I am unimpressed by hypocrisy.

    June 29, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. Anne

    If the word is offensive enough to be considered a gaffe, why does CNN keep using it in their headlines?

    June 29, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. ysidero

    Great idea – I hope their servers can handle the upload volume. =)

    June 29, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. Pete

    DNC = Beat a Dead Horse

    June 29, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. chatmandu002

    Does that mean we can hold democrats to the same standard. Probably not.

    The democrats can make all the racist and degrading comments they want and the MSM will never hold them accountable.

    The double standard for democrats is the MSM standard.

    June 29, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. MR AMERICA

    Kinda weird, kinda obnoxious....but hey, both sides call the others out on their screw ups, so why not?

    June 29, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Shane from NC

    Wow. Can the DNC be any more cunning? Why don't they let you upload videos of Dems.? Shouldn't we seek to hold ALL politicians accountable?

    Sounds like they're scared to make their candidates public in an uncontrolled forum like this.

    June 29, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Marvin

    Please attend the Republican and TEA party events. You might learn something if you are intelligent enough to be educated.

    June 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. conniesz

    This is a good idea for all parties. Let's not let anyone hide their true nature. I think this kind of transparency will only help, but don't expect Republicans to be the only ones who get caught.

    June 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. James

    It's no longer a battle of ideas, but rather a game of "Gotcha," waiting for the other side to say something that might trip them up.

    Are the Democrats so afraid that their ideas may not be able to stand up to scrutiny that they feel they have to attack anyone who may have a difference of opinion?

    June 29, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. jboh

    Great idea. Instead of attack videos like the GOP teen paparazzi, catch these bozos in actual statements. Some should also go to state assemblies. The stuff I hear from the party of no, talibangelicals, robber barons, and crossburners is downright scary. "If the vote doesn't solve the Ried problem, people will look to 2nd amendment solutions", and craziy things like that need to be publicized. While we're at it, we should start calling out the false beliefs that TEA flavored coolaid drinkers spread. The lie, and the proof is readily available. Let's start using the same tactics against the traiters in the GOP and TEA criminal organizations.

    June 29, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. Grog in Ohio

    "DNC looks for another 'macaca' moment"

    They need look no further than the trashing late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall got from the GOP in yesterday's Elena Kagan hearings.

    June 29, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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