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... And a Dash of Oh-Eight

— The Los Angeles Times profiles Californian turned Virginian George Allen (R), calling him a "rising star in the Republican Party and darling of the Christian right" -- and noting how he was "remarkably flummoxed this week as he acknowledged his previously undisclosed Jewish roots...  Allen has sought to cast himself as an uncomplicated conservative who wears cowboy boots with his suits, spits tobacco and talks in football metaphors.  His father's move to coach the Washington Redskins brought the family to Virginia, and almost overnight Allen became a Southerner...  Despite his attempts to craft a new identity, he has spent the campaign mud-wrestling with who he is."