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The Washington Post Loses in Virginia
The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/4/2009 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 11/04/2009 5:41:28 AM PST by markomalley

Bob McDonnell won big tonight in the Virginia gubernatorial race, as did the entire Virginia Republican party. The implications of the race will be sorted out soon enough. But one big loser is the Washington Post which may unwittingly have helped the Republican, despite their best efforts to put his opponent over the top.

On the last weekend in August the Post ran the first of dozens of stories about McDonnell's 1989 masters' thesis, in which he wrote, among other things, that working women were detrimental to families and that government should favor traditional marriage over gay unions. While they didn't know the exact target, the McDonnell camp was expecting, as one top adviser put it, a "hatchet job" from the Post. A top campaign strategist says, "We always knew we'd have to fend off some attack from the Post, probably on a social issue. But in all candor we didn't expect the thesis. It was a 20 year old paper."

The Post was off and running, harping on the story for weeks. It was, some conservatives feared, a replay of the infamous "macaca moment" (a more successful Post election obsession) which helped sink George Allen's 2006 Senate campaign.

The McDonnell camp quickly made some critical tactical decisions. First, the Monday after the story broke McDonnell held a 90-minute media call to explain his views, and answer all questions. Second, rather than respond to every potential allegation they focused on the most potent one--that McDonnell was hostile to working women. His TV ads focused heavily on this issue, featuring testimonials by his daughters and women who had worked for him.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: antichristianbigotry; drivebymedia; liberalmedia; mediabias; va2009; washingtoncompost; washingtonpost; wp

1 posted on 11/04/2009 5:41:28 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley
I am so encouraged this morning!
Thanking God!
2 posted on 11/04/2009 5:43:27 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: markomalley

For once being hated by the comPost was a good thing.


3 posted on 11/04/2009 5:45:22 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: markomalley

Looks like THEY got “Macaca-ed”! LOL!


4 posted on 11/04/2009 5:50:46 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: markomalley
Pravda on the Potomac tried for another macaca campaign victory, but it didn't work this time.
5 posted on 11/04/2009 5:51:37 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: markomalley

The compost basically spoke to normal Americans and made fun of them. Who wants their PC world?

Pray for America’s Freedom


6 posted on 11/04/2009 5:52:41 AM PST by bray (Silent No More)
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To: markomalley
On the last weekend in August the Post ran the first of dozens of stories about McDonnell's 1989 masters' thesis, in which he wrote, among other things, that working women were detrimental to families and that government should favor traditional marriage over gay unions.

Shocking!

7 posted on 11/04/2009 5:52:58 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: markomalley

If Geo. Allen treated the macaca moment as what it was..an irrelevant, unimportant statement instead of full apology he would have been fine.


8 posted on 11/04/2009 5:59:10 AM PST by ontap
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To: Rummyfan
I believe that 31 states have now voted on the issue of same-sex marriage. All 31 have rejected the idea. Not a single state has implemented same-sex marriage as a result of popular voting.

And yet the Left sees this as a divisive issue which helps them when they explain to people that the evil Republicans are the ones who oppose same-sex marriage. Clueless.

9 posted on 11/04/2009 5:59:34 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Play the Race Card -- lose the game.)
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To: markomalley

I have this idea for a campaign —

Any neighborhood in Northern VA is littered with Washington Post mailboxes. I wonder how many of those folks still subscribe?

One could go to their door and offer to take it away and recycle it.


10 posted on 11/04/2009 6:00:03 AM PST by agrarianlady
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To: markomalley

The Washington Lying Thieving Post is the mouthpiece of Hell.


11 posted on 11/04/2009 6:00:17 AM PST by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: markomalley
On the last weekend in August the Post ran the first of dozens of stories about McDonnell's 1989 masters' thesis, in which he wrote, among other things, that working women were detrimental to families and that government should favor traditional marriage over gay unions.

I hope that McDonnell did not backpedal too much on his 1989 thesis statements. Statistics and facts show that he is correct in that working women are detrimental to families and that the government should favor traditional marriage.

It is unfortunate that many women have to work to make ends meet, or because they are single mothers and have no other options.

12 posted on 11/04/2009 6:02:53 AM PST by olezip
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To: Rummyfan
government should favor traditional marriage over gay unions.

When given the opportunity to directly address that issue, the good people of Maine rejected faggotry.

13 posted on 11/04/2009 6:03:39 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: markomalley
How sweet it is. Everyone was on to the Post's transparent attempts at manipulation and Macaca-ization, was prepared, and responded effectively. Works once, but not twice. Nevertheless, McDonnell had to campaign against two adversaries: Deeds and the Post, in particular that reporter, Anita Kumar. And the summing up:

The story here is a classic case of overreach by a mainstream paper drunk on its own hubris, and convinced it could re-orient the race from a bread-and-butter issue contest (which McDonnell was winning) to a culture war clash that liberals thought Deeds could win. But it is also a lesson for Republican candidates about preparation and outreach to women voters.

14 posted on 11/04/2009 6:03:59 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: markomalley
The Washington Post Rag, Pet poop paper, fish wrapper, fire starter is has no information value.
15 posted on 11/04/2009 6:05:46 AM PST by bmwcyle (We need more Joe Wilson's. OBAMA is ACORN ACORN is OBAMA)
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To: Rummyfan

“...and that government should favor traditional marriage over gay unions.”

In every one of the 31 elections in which voters have been asked to “favor traditional marriage over gay unions,” homosexual “marriage” has lost. Only in states such as NH where judges make law for the people has this abomination taken root.


16 posted on 11/04/2009 6:06:14 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: markomalley

So the WaPo got their panties in a wad and were all ‘wee weed up’ this time.


17 posted on 11/04/2009 6:06:24 AM PST by HighlyOpinionated (Abortion-Euthanasia kills the very people for whom Social Justice is needed.)
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To: La Lydia

One thing no one is saying this morning is this: The 2008 presidential election was based on EMOTION, HATRED OF BUSH, and A WILLINGNESS TO BURY THE RACIST PAST by electing Obama.

That being said, the elections yesterday show that that euphoria has vanished and people were propelled to vote based on FEAR of Pelosi and Reid taking over their lives. Obama was a non-factor.


18 posted on 11/04/2009 6:07:15 AM PST by Galtoid ( .)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The bad news-They will never,never give up!


19 posted on 11/04/2009 6:09:00 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Galtoid

I don’t know what you are smoking!You cannot separate Pelousy and Reid from Obozo. They are all joined at the hip.


20 posted on 11/04/2009 6:10:54 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: DarthVader

21 posted on 11/04/2009 6:12:33 AM PST by tioga ( November 6, 2012 - Cannot come soon enough.)
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To: Galtoid
nope, Obama Reid Pelosi cannot be seperated.........
22 posted on 11/04/2009 6:16:30 AM PST by tioga ( November 6, 2012 - Cannot come soon enough.)
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To: Carley

I’ll bet Washinton Post “numbers” are now next reporting period - ya can’t flip off half your readers without paying a price...


23 posted on 11/04/2009 6:18:21 AM PST by GOPJ (When I was a child Halloween wasn't a celebration of evil - but a celebration of standing up to evil)
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To: ontap
If Geo. Allen treated the macaca moment as what it was..an irrelevant, unimportant statement instead of full apology he would have been fine.

Nope! Allen lost because he was out of touch with Virginians and Virginia values. As Governor, he instituted the most restrictive governmental control over local school curricula imaginable (called the Va. SOLs); as senator he was little more than a rubber stamp for "Double-PeeYew" Bush. In our state, long known for military heroes and military installations, he served not one day in uniform yet talked as if he were Audie Murphy. His only claim to fame was his old man's success as the coach of the Washington Redskins (he, himself, was a failure as a U Va. q.b. where he spent most of his time either fumbling or throwing interceptions and also filing for student excemptions during the Vietnam draft) His "macaca" moment was reflective of his general incompetence)

24 posted on 11/04/2009 6:23:27 AM PST by meandog (Is OWEbummer the antichrist?)
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To: markomalley
Sounds like the Washington Post made the same mistake Democrats made in South Carolina a few years ago.

Then-candidate (for the U.S. Senate) Jim DeMint had made some public statements suggesting that people who had children out of wedlock weren't fit to teach in public schools. Democrats and the media (one and the same, for the most part) had a field day with that one, and used it to paint DeMint as a right-wing zealot.

DeMint won that election, and by a margin in the polls that only grew bigger after those comments were made public.

25 posted on 11/04/2009 6:29:58 AM PST by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: markomalley

This article is on the money. The Post has functioned as a DNC propaganda outlet for decades, and it’s good to see tangible evidence of its waning influence.


26 posted on 11/04/2009 6:34:49 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: markomalley

The Washington Post loses readers, advertisers, money, influence and relevance. They’re just a big loser.


27 posted on 11/04/2009 6:39:31 AM PST by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: Galtoid
"Obama was a non-factor."

You badly miscalculated the negative effect Obama had. See the FR article,

Chesterbrook Precinct: Republicans say today is a referendum on Obama.

"When Republican supporters of candidate Robert McDonnell are asked why they voted, a surprising number refer to "he" or "him." The folks at the Chesterbrook polling place in McLean are not talking about McDonnell or his rival, Creigh Deeds, but President Barack Obama".

The American people are beginning to see Øbama for what he really is -- an ever-increasingly anti-American socialist!

28 posted on 11/04/2009 6:44:33 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: markomalley
You need to add The Virginian Pilot to this, as well. They were doing the same, if not worse, than The Washington Post.
29 posted on 11/04/2009 7:14:08 AM PST by cranked
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To: tioga

That is a great cartoon. I think it tells the whole story.


30 posted on 11/04/2009 7:24:12 AM PST by ChessExpert (The unemployment rate was 4.5% when Democrats took control of Congress. What is it today?)
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To: ontap

What does macaca mean? The only macaca I know of is spelled machaca. It’s an egg and beef dish.


31 posted on 11/04/2009 8:14:32 AM PST by katykelly
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To: ontap
If Geo. Allen treated the macaca moment as what it was..an irrelevant, unimportant statement instead of full apology he would have been fine.

Exactly!

The apology only added fuel to their attacks.

Frankly, I STILL don't know what the fuss was about!

32 posted on 11/04/2009 8:21:15 AM PST by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: markomalley
The MSM tried to sink McDonnell over a college paper and it backfired.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

33 posted on 11/04/2009 9:27:00 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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