MACACA FRACAS. Over at Midterm Madness, Steve Benen reports that George Allen finally decided to apologize to S.R. Sidarth yesterday -- while leaving to his campaign manager the task of firing up the Republican base with a very different take on the whole matter. (Steve also flags a New York Times article that, by using a month-old poll, gives the entirely false impression that macacagate hasn't had a negative effect on Allen's numbers.) Meanwhile, for those who haven't read Subodh Chandra's web piece on the topic from yesterday, you're missing out on seeing some very cute kids in "macaca" t-shirts.