It occures to me that Sen. George Allen and President George W. Bush have at least one thing in common; they are both fakes. Bush is a fake cowboy, trying to toughen-up a life of privilege with some photo-op brush clearing down on his fake ranch. That's all well and good, though; Bush isn't the first or the last yankee transplant to pull on jeans and boots and suddenly think he's the Duke. Allen, on the other hand, is so desperate to appear Southern, he's clinging to the ugliest, most despicable aspect of our past: virulent racism. From posing with a Confederate battle flag in his California high school yearbook, to silly things like Confederate singalongs, he's develoved to hanging out as governor of Virginia with troglodytes from the Council of Conservative Citizens, the successor to the infamous Civil Rights Era state-sponsored terrorist group, the White Citizens' Council.