Sen. Allen made some mistakes, but nothing like it's been portrayed on FR. He is a freshman senator in an evenly split state (except for Presidential elections) who only won last time with 52% of the vote. Had FReepers simply supported him, as he deserved, we wouldn't be staring at his likely defeat right now. But for the most part they didn't.
Oh yeah, it's all the GOP's fault. < / sarcasm >
Blacks used to say that because of prejudice, they had to be twice as good as any white person they were competing against. The same is true today of Republicans and the media. Allen needed to assume that he was starting at a deficit in the media, and that one little word probably cost him the votes he needed to put it over the top.
I was embarrassed for him when it happened, but I knew what the media would do to him over it. I voted for him anyway, but I knew then that he had lost the edge he needed.
We lost Allen in a year where the GOP lost NATIONWIDE.
But we won on the Marriage Amendment and we kept our 8 GOP Congressmen.
We didn't lose the House because of Virginia.
No kidding. It's been disheartening to say the least to see how many supposed Republican busybodies outside of Virginia have been bashing the man, both before the election and now.
Physician, heal thyself.