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Friday, July 05, 2013


Governor McDonnell is getting the Issa treatment in the Virginian Pilot.

While mostly ignoring the Obama administration’s Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, and reporter-spying scandals, the Virginian Pilot has been full of Bob McDonnell “scandals.” One of the latest was the “scandal” involving a friend who lent his limo to drive McDonnell’s daughter and her new husband after her wedding. We’re not kidding you: that’s one of the breathless revelations that the Virginian Pilot hopes will so smear McDonnell that he won’t be able to go out in public, or at least will never run for office again.

The assault on McDonnell is simply the tried-and-true way the Obama team wins elections. They destroy the opposition by smearing them personally. That’s how Obama won most of his elections in Chicago, and he likes the way it works.  It's the Chicago Way and it's landed in Virginia. 

After winning the Presidency in 2008 with a worshipful press the smear has become the favorite tactic of Team Obama. The reason it works is that there are enough willing accomplices in the media who will broadcast and amplify the smear.  Paid political ads are discounted by the public, but if you can get a newspaper to print a smear, and then editorialize about it, the low information voter buys it hook, line and sinker.  The key is finding a reporter willing to spread a lie, and at the Virginian Pilot they are lined up with knee pads at the ready.  Nowhere is the appellation: "Democrat operatives with bylines" more true that at the Virginian Pilot.

In the election of 2012, Mitt Romney, probably the most straight-laced candidate for President in my lifetime, was vilified as a murderer and a felonious tax cheat by the press so far in the tank for Obama that they rarely came up for air.
In the summer of 2010, with Republicans poised to take over the House and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in line to lead the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the White House started urging reporters to write negative stories about the congressman’s past, a new book says.

Now it’s McDonnell’s turn and the Democrats have a willing accomplice in the Virginian Pilot who are trying to destroy both McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli who’s running for Governor against Obama crony and political fixer-plutocrat Terry McAuliffe.

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McDonnell's support from the conservative GOP base is tepid, due to the widespread belief that he betrayed conservatives this year by partnering with Democrats in raising taxes to fund his legacy-burnishing state transportation bill. In other words, after this Spring's legislative events, it's not just Obamaites who want to see McDonnell twist slowly, slowly in the wind.
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