Former Virginia senator George Allen lost his reelection campaign after he lobbed an ethnic slur meaning monkey at an opposition campaign worker.
That’s right, the Post has unambiguously declared “Macaca” to be an ethnic slur, only eight months — to the day! — after George Allen first used it. There’s not a “some say” or an “alleged” or a “what some call” to be seen.
There’s an important lesson here: racist language will be called out for what it is by our national media, once you’re so far gone from the public eye that no one would give a shit if you complained.