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December 24, 2006

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Gotta be "macaca moment". If its instant utility wasn't a sufficient qualification on its August blurtdate, its immortality was completely solidified by its clear role in tipping the Senate blue. 200k Google & 125k Yahoo hits for the exact phrase today, and within a week of the gaffe most of the references had nothing to do with George Allen. Here's some from before November: "Charles Rangel's macaca moment" ("Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?"), "John Kerry's macaca moment" (his umpteenth clumsily delivered misinterpretable joke, about Bush, Iraq and lack of education), and retrospectively, "Thinking back to Schwarzenegger's macaca moment in the governor's office"and "Mel Gibson repeats his macaca moment."
Def: "Formed after the structure of 'senior moment', a 'macaca moment' is a verbal slip that instantaneously, inarguably and irrevocably exposes a fatal character flaw behind a public persona meticulously crafted to camouflage it."

dave blake

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