George Allen says Salon‘s wrong and he never used the n-word. Larry Sabato says he’s lying. And of course he’s lying. I mean, here you have a fairly hard-core racist (pardon, California-born enthusiast for Southern heritage) living in Virginia in the early 1970s. Why wouldn’t he use the word? I hardly even think it’s worth Allen’s while to lie about this business — why not ‘fess up, apologize, and say he’s changed.