GOP potential front runner George Allen has been dogged in the press and polls over the last few weeks for using the word macaca in reference to indian-american youth, S.R. Sidarth, who happenes to also be on the staff of his political opponent. This gaff is much ado about nothing. But Allen’s real macaca was this photo, taken in 1996 in which he is seen with Gorden Lee Baum, founder of Council of Conservative Citizens.

CCC was the successor organization to the segregationist White Citizens Council. It would be a shame if the ’96 lapse in judgement kept Allen from establishing himself as a contender. It is unlikely that it will, but Trent Lott might have said the same thing once.