Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Macaca Contestant on 'Jeopardy!' Yesterday
My eagle-eyed wife, Christina, spotted S.R. Sidarth for who he was imediately as "Jeopardy!" started last night. As the middle contestant was introduced, she got that look on her face and said, "That's macaca! I swear!"
And she was right. Sidarth didn't win the "Jeopardy!" game, but Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia will tell you he's a winner--at least for Webb.
Sidarth is the young (24 now) political "follower" who elicited the "macaca" comment from former Sen. George Allen in the 2006 election, an ethnic slur that helped send Allen back to his law practice. Sidarth was assigned to the Allen campaign to, in essence, catch the candidate in some kind of blunder. He did.
Later Sidarth, attempting to get into a competitive Larry Sabato class at UVa (Sabato is the political professor and pundit), wrote an essay that said, in its entirety, "I am macaca." He got in. He's at Georgetown Law now.
His macaca moment was not mentioned on "Jeopardy!" and his first-round loss assured it would not be. But I can tell you.