Douglas MacKinnon

WASHINGTON -- Bob McDonnell's decisive victory is even more impressive if one stops to acknowledge that it came in the face of incredibly daunting opposition, misleading and low-brow campaign commercials, and a "news" organization which often advocates for left-of-center candidates and causes. To win the election, McDonnell had to defeat not only the Deeds campaign, but the DNC, the White House, and The Washington Post.

Lest we forget, this is not the first time this "take no prisoners" strategy was employed by the Democrats and The Washington Post against a Virginia Republican. In fact, three years ago, not only was the strategy wildly successful, but a case can be made that it also cleared the way for Barack Obama's ascension into the White House. All because of one word. One ugly and offensive word spoken by a candidate who should have known better.

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While the narrative of Barack Obama's election has become the stuff of liberal legend, it purposely leaves out numerous inconvenient facts -- one being that in John McCain, he was blessed with an out-of-touch and over-matched GOP opponent.

But for that one ugly and offensive word, it is almost certain that McCain would never have gotten the GOP nomination. Instead, the early betting was that the title would have gone to the more conservative and base-friendly George Allen.

Remember him? The media and far-left "historians" would rather that you did not. Back in 2006, while running for re-election, riding high in every poll and considered the front-runner for the GOP nomination, Sen. George Allen of Virginia damaged not only his chance for re-election to the U.S. Senate, but with it, his chance to be the GOP nominee for president.

Allen did this because a young campaign worker for his opponent, Jim Webb, finally got under his skin. This young man of Indian-American descent would show up at Allen events and videotape Allen in the hopes of recording a campaign blooper. Unfortunately for Allen, he finally took the bait and went after the young Webb volunteer during a speech. He pointed at him and said, "This fellow here, over here with the yellow shirt, macaca, or whatever his name is, he's with my opponent . . . let's give a welcome to macaca here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia."


Douglas MacKinnon

Douglas MacKinnon is former White House and Pentagon official who spent three years working in a Joint Command.

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