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Sheila Johnson's Macaca Moment

By Lee Hockstader

If life is like high school, now we know who Sheila Johnson is: she’s one of the nasty girls who delight in mocking those she deems uncool.

In a campaign appearance on behalf of Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, Johnson, the zillionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, explained that she’d endorsed him because -- well, because he doesn’t stutter.

In a macaca moment now going viral on YouTube, Johnson mocked McDonnell’s opponent, state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D), by imitating and wildly exaggerating the very slight stammer that characterizes his speech.

In fact, Deeds speaks like most of us -- he starts and restarts sentences, correcting and modifying and adjusting as he goes. But in Johnson’s book, that’s apparently just not cool. Deeds, she said -- when she was finished ridiculing him -- wouldn’t be able to make Virginia’s case to the wider world. McDonnell -- crisp, canned and camera-ready -- is more to her liking.

When rich entertainment TV moguls are mocking decent, self-effacing candidates for public office such as Deeds, you know we've reached some sort of new bottom in the slime wars.

Naturally, Johnson apologized -- not because she cares a whit for Deeds, or Virginia or stutterers, or the other people she offended, but to try to patch her own tarnished reputation. Just like in high school, that’s how the nasty kids roll.

By Lee Hockstader  | October 8, 2009; 12:11 PM ET
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The reader (if s/he bothers to find the truth) should be mindful that this ridicule was not done by the McDonnell campaign but a supporter. The Washington Post doesn't seem to emphasize that point since its annointed candidate is losing ground each day. For the past several weeks, I've only seen the Deeds ad criticizing McDonnell's master's thesis and nothing on what he will do to create jobs, improve schools, or improve our roads here in NoVa. Nothing! Nada! Perhaps the reason is because he has no blasted clue what to do without tipping the hand on what his national DNC masters want him to do. Even the ad by Mark Warner is strained and uninspiring!

Posted by: panamajack | October 8, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

It appears news media now try to keep something going just for the sake of an audience. Why is this story here today? Does it inform us any more than the previous reporting of it, when it first came to light? Is there any new information, or any new analysis? Will we hear from another WaPo opinionist two days from now, writing the same thing? Is it just because these days, with content management and blogging software, it's so easy to fire off a missive on whatever crosses one's mind? "This reminds me of high school - ooh, open up the editor page and write, click, submit!" Content for the sake of content? BTW, I'm a Deeds' supporter. But this "throw another (the same) log on the fire" business is ridiculous.

Posted by: hitpoints | October 8, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Johnson sounds like a tedious elementary school teacher in a slow class. She must have realized she screwed up when the room got quieter after her stuttering stunt.

Posted by: oldmagnolia | October 8, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Well this is BET. What do you expect?

Posted by: trumeau | October 8, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him. Actually, i believe some even called him stupid because he wasn't the most eloquent of speakers. Where was the outrage then?

Posted by: SavetheRepublic | October 8, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I want Deeds to win, but this is far beyond a stretch if you think its a Macaca Moment. This was a supporter not the candidate!

Posted by: johnnyspazm | October 8, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

If there was a third party candidate, I would vote for him or her. But there isn't.

I look at both of these guys, and I ask, "Who will benefit ME the most?"

So I look at Bob... Hmm... I might end up with more money in my wallet at the end of 4 years, and I might not have to spend so much time in traffic, too. But, gosh... he sure does hate people like me. Do I really want to vote for a guy that hates people that don't fit his social agenda?

Then I look at Deeds. Um. *head scratch*. I feel the money getting sucked out of my wallet to pay for something that I won't really ever use. He seems likeable. I don't think he really hates people like me... but he doesn't really want to help people like me either.

Hmm.

Maybe I should just not vote?

Posted by: trambusto | October 8, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Is Deeds a stutter? I am, and was pretty bad growing up. I don't care for Deeds policies, but I'm glad to see someone like me not let it stop him.

Posted by: mike83631 | October 8, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Reminds me of the Kansas race years ago when supporters of Bob Dole's opponent insisted that Kansas needed a "two-fisted" United States Senator.

Posted by: eagle12 | October 8, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson, a token supporting a man who has issues with women in the work place which means he has issues with successful women like herself. He got her to speak on his behalf to overcome the fact that he has issues with women. Again, he did not write this thesis when he was 24 but 34!!! I read his ideas on transportation, a major problem in Northern Virginia, gets worse year after year. As a republican he likes to talk about "not" raising taxes and accusing his opponent of raising taxes if elected to address the grid lock in Virginia, but if you carefully read his plans, they "do not" exclude taxes to help with transportation cost. Again, like George H. W. Bush, he is promising one thing, "read my lips, no new taxes, but we will see if he actually delivers IF elected. I hope he is not. Former Governor Gilmore tried to eliminate taxes and created a budget shortfall in the state, thus the reason the state has voted for two consecutive Democratic governors since.

Posted by: ajackson3 | October 8, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, pretty vile. Not the candidate's fault, but amazing that a prominent citizen thinks this is OK. What's next? Making fun of amputees and the blind?

Posted by: Matthew_DC | October 8, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I think we all knew that the Post would shoehorn "macaca" into this campaign at the first possible opportunity.

Posted by: tomtildrum | October 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The reader (if s/he bothers to find the truth) should be mindful that this ridicule was not done by the McDonnell campaign but a supporter. -- Posted by: panamajack

Ahh, so we can expect the continual bleating of, "Bill Ayers! Rev. Wright!!" to immediately cease and apologies to be delivered all around because conservos have finally accepted guilt-by-association is an intellectually and moral bankrupt argument? Or does this only work one way, hmmm?

Posted by: washpost18 | October 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

What a shame that Ms. Johnson, for all her wealth, never invested in learning some common decency.

Posted by: mayoungkin | October 8, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

for governor: NONE OF THE ABOVE

Posted by: millionea7 | October 8, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If Sheila's left hand was tied down, would she be able to speak at all? Her chop chop chop is hilarious.

Posted by: annew2 | October 8, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him. Actually, i believe some even called him stupid because he wasn't the most eloquent of speakers. Where was the outrage then?"

And so were Ted Kennedy's speaking skills: Er ah, er ah, er ah.

So your attempt to make this a partisan issue fails miserably, numbnutz.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 8, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him."

People made fun of Bush's mangling of the English language.

This woman is making fun of a speech impediment.

You really don't see the difference?

Posted by: Hillman1 | October 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Big differnce between saying something YOURSELF.. like Allen did.. and having something said by someone who supports you.. McDonnell will have to distance himself from her.. but this this is not a Macaca moment.

Posted by: sovine08 | October 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't watch BET, don't buy tickets to Mystics games, don't shop at Market Salamander in Middleburg. Hit Johnson in the only place you might hurt her: Her pocketbook.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 8, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The GOP are more and more, day by day, becoming the party of intolerance. I'm waiting for New Gingrich to start hawking for Chiaobama....

Posted by: atidwell | October 8, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I am a conservative, but her rudeness has nothing to do with partianship. She is just obnoxious and an embarrassment to her position and the state she represents. McDonnell's campaign, or any other, does not need her as a supporter. She is a negative!

Posted by: inmanorj | October 8, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Save the Republic wrote:
"Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit ... Where was the outrage then?"

Short memory. There was plenty of outrage all during the Bush presidency.

And in any event, 'speaking skills' is a rather broad category. In this clip we are treated to an argument that no person with a stammer or stutter can be in public life at all.

And, provide examples where Bush was criticized over a stutter or stammer while candidate.

The criticism (if you can even call it that) of Bush was over his bizarre word choice, syntax and grammar -- over which, unlike a Stammer, Bush had total conscious control (Having reportedly graduated from Yale and Harvard) -- no one ever said that no upper-class twit should be president, just him.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | October 8, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Boy, this newspaper is outright neurotic in seeking to sink McDonnell. Shameless all around...it's no wonder it's doing so poorly in circulation.

Posted by: DCer1 | October 8, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey savetherepublic. that moron w was genuinely stupid, heartless and hypocritical. He could not speak because he could not think. He is the idiot child of a rich man and was foisted upon this country. It will take decades to undo what he and the neofools have done.

Posted by: davidsawh | October 8, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I've got a name for people like her that I won't say in this blog but I'll just say she owes an apology to Deeds and anyone else in America who stutters or has a disability. That's what happens when you give ignorant and abusive people power.

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 8, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Johnson has a large bank account. Fortunately, most people don't decide who they are going to vote for or against by people who have somehow amassed large amounts of money on the hard work of other folks.

Sorry Ms. Johnson, don't judge the book by the cover; communication is not just sentences spoken fluently but collective use of the senses God provided you.

Believe it or not, but there are some people who can not speak nor hear a word but they are excellent communicators.

Posted by: ronhamp | October 8, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

While I agree with Ms. Johnson that communication skills are important, she's overemphasizing the stutter. From what I've heard from Sen. Deeds, he just seems to get excited about whatever he's talking about and forgets to swallow. He has no problem giving a speech.

Bob McDonnell was in the room when she made the comment and yet did not address it when he spoke to the same group later. I think that's what some people have a problem with. He's a pretty smooth talker and should've been able to carry it off if he wanted to.

Posted by: valandsend | October 8, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow, pretty vile. Not the candidate's fault, but amazing that a prominent citizen thinks this is OK. What's next? Making fun of amputees and the blind?

ben there done that- see republicans attacking Sen. Max Cleland. classy group.

Posted by: REPUBLICANFREEZONE | October 8, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

"If life is like high school..." or, if most journalists never left it. Goes a long way to explaining cable "news" (which is why I no longer have cable) - especially Contessa "no one likes the smartest kid in class (sneer!)" Brewer on MSNBC. Prom queen ditz if ever there was one.

Posted by: treetopflyer | October 8, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Bob McDonnell looks and sounds like a candidate from Central Casting reciting blurbs given him by his handlers and into which he had no input.
That aside, though, here's a guy who keeps telling people he's Northern Virginia's Own. How's that working out for you in Southside, Bob, or are you claiming you're Southside's own because of your time in Virginia Beach? And how's that working for you in rural Virginia? Is a guy who makes a campaign statement that can make him appear to pit one part of the state against another really what you want as governor?

Posted by: jlhare1 | October 8, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a dog in the fight, but I think the stuttering joke went a little beyond the pale.

Not because Deeds will lose any sleep over it. He's a politician - I'm sure he's heard worse.

Rather, it's the callous disregard of those who are different that I find troubling. If Johnson had a family member who stuttered, I imagine she would have thought twice before telling the joke (or at least one would hope that's the case).

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | October 8, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Jesus. The Repubicans keep on attracting this sort of hateful, spiteful, bullying breed of creature. Shame on them. Shame on their families. All of you Repubicans, shame on you for associating with this sort of attitude.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 8, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

An apology from Ms. Johnson was in order, even if it doesn't satisfy Hockstader. But now Hockstader needs to apologize to candidate McDonnell for trying to portray this as a so-called macaca moment. That is an outrageous comparison. What editors let this stuff make it to the website?

Posted by: MeInTheMiddle | October 8, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

What did she say? I'd be able to understand if she didn't sound like Mushmouth from Fat Albert.

Posted by: octobertea | October 8, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's point out that George Allen's "macaca" moment was by George Allen and THIS macaca moment was NOT by Bob McDonnell. That is a huge difference and makes the "macaca" comparison wholly invalid.

But the Post is in the bag for Deeds so what can you do......

I think Bob McDonnell has shown so much class in this awful campaign run by Deeds, his NOW, his Labor Unions, and his Washington Post writers that Bob gets elected on class alone. Not to mention that Bob has stayed on message since day one and has not given in to Deeds or the Washington Post's dirty tactics.

Posted by: hz9604 | October 8, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

SavetheRepublic said: "Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him. "

There is a critical difference here: Bush did not have a speech impediment. He was just stupid.

Posted by: pan2 | October 8, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

“Does one know the difference between right and wrong?” It is sad that McDonnell has not distanced himself from her comments. He wanted a woman to stand up and speak for him and she shot him in the leg. Does he realize it? This is just one more reason why he doesn’t have my vote. I see his signs posted saying “he is one of our own.” I don’t claim him! But he does have the typical republican attitude – a bad one which I don’t want to associate with.

Posted by: ummhuh1 | October 8, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Let's not lose perspective here. While it is in poor taste that Johnson made her remark, the larger issue is that she is supporting a republican candidate, and we all know that those who call themselves republicans are:

1. homophobic neanderthals
2. tax-phobic cockroaches
3. selfish cowards
4. religious hypocrites
5. mean spirited jackasses
6. hateful mamma's boys
7. sexually repressed perverts
8. anal retentive crybabies
9. self-righteous simpletons
10. misogynists
11. rednecks
12. anti-intellectuals
13. paranoid schizophrenics
13. callous slugs
14. greedy hogs
15. stupid, stupid, stupid

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 8, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Have a nice day.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 8, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Well this is BET. What do you expect?

I wholeheartedly agree. BET is trash, so what do you expect from the over-indulged and ignorant wifey of its founder?

Posted by: IpiTombi | October 8, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I know! I know! It's all of the above, of course.

Posted by: Jumpy66 | October 8, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If the Post were not so "politically correct," the fact that candidate Deeds reportedly has a slight stutter might have been published long ago, and voters could have made up their own minds about the import of that and this "buzz" would all be ho, hum. By failing to publish this along with other known facts, it got a bigger impact -- like, SURPRISE!
Just like the governor of New York is legally blind, but since it was a well known fact everyone yawns....

Posted by: JMACSR | October 8, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

my goodness, guess that is what happens when dogs sleep with cats (BET endorses reicht wing Fallwell candidate)

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | October 8, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? The Post loves to whip out the ol' Macaca when things aren't looking good for its candidate. There has been nothing close to a Macaca moment in this campaign.

Posted by: GodFamilyNation | October 8, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse


George Allen had ONE "Macaca Moment". McDonnell has had TWO, so far...


Posted by: demtse | October 8, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

1. She mocked those handicapped by a speech impediment.

2. She falsely portrayed Deeds as being handicapped by a speech impediment.

3. She therefore qualifies as a card-carrying member of the pond scum that now constitutes what remains of the GOP.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | October 8, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This isn't a "macaca moment" and it won't play like a "macaca moment," because someone other than Bob McDonnell is saying the words and doing the gestures. It won't help McDonnell, but it won't hurt much either -- at most on the margins.

His campaign is likely to take a lot more heat for their obnoxious robo-calls.

Posted by: JPRS | October 8, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Johnson could put her oratorical skills to better use by asking Republicans why they won't vote people of her skin color into Congress.

Or does she think her "zillions" has magically turned her white?

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | October 8, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Both of the Johnsons are equal opportunity jerks. They should reconcile just to see who can out idiot the other.

Posted by: mbrown43 | October 8, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The WP is really getting desperate in it's effort to elect Deeds. But no one cares what the WP thinks- this stupid article is an example why.

Posted by: 12oreo | October 8, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

In fairness to Johnson, Deeds has dug his own political grave. He waited far too long to begin television advertising, and then when he finally did, all he aired were attack ads. The man is pretty hapless. The only good thing for Virginia is that he managed to defeat Terry McAuliffe, who many Virginians find despicable because- aside from African Americans- Bill Clinton is not well liked in Virginia on either side of the political aisle and McAuliffe supported Clinton. I can support McDonnell because I hope that he and the Republican-led legislature will allow offshore drilling of petroleum and natural gas- which would raise sufficient royalty revenues to do something about our transit systems. Republicans don't seem to mind if other people have to pay taxes, or if they get money from other sources, as long as they don't have to raise taxes on their own people. Whatever version of hypocrisy they are peddling is what we are stuck with here in Virginia. So, hold your nose and vote for McDonnell.

Posted by: ripvanwinkleincollege | October 8, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Just shows you that money doesn't buy you character or class!

Posted by: ponderer | October 8, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Does Sheila Johnson ever wonder why 96% of African-Americans vote Democratic? Could it possibly be that Republicans tend to have far too many macaca moments? .

Posted by: logcabin1836 | October 8, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I read this article before watching the video and - leave it to the writer to recount the story - Sheila Johnson is a monster. BUT, when I watched the video, it WASN'T that bad. Sure, Mrs. Johnson was a little tasteless in actaully studdering to relay her message, BUT it surely doesn't warrant the harsh criticism written in the article above. Sounds like somebody (the writer) was beat up one too many times as a kid.

Posted by: mimsysmith | October 8, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Many comments above carefully explain why this isn't a macaca moment for McDonnell since Johnson threw out the insult, not him. Yet the PostPartisan piece *does* call this Sheila Johnson's, not Bob McDonnell's, macaca moment. Did the Post by chance change the heading midstream? Just curious.

I remember when a column about the New Hampshire primary miraculously shed the sentences referring to Clinton losing; that was the WaPo's Dewey-Defeats-Truman moment.

Did the columnist get a do-over here?

Posted by: multiplepov | October 8, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse


And Mr. Hockstader, did you also report on Obama mocking the Special Olympics? Or are you just another liberal hack? I guess it is post partisan politics.

Posted by: janet8 | October 8, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Classy lady. Geez.

Posted by: brickerd | October 8, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Spare us the phony outrage Hockstader. If Johnson were a supporter of Deeds mocking McDonnell, the silence would be deafening.

What is obvious is WaPo's attempts to Macaca McDonnell. First the thesis was his "Macaca moment," now this. Can't wait to see what you clowns spin up next.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | October 8, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Gee what a surprise. The party of the qualities of high school aged immaturity: Greed, Self-centeredness; selfishness; hate; intolerance; swagger; and violence (distinctly adolescent male) has someone acting like an immature high schooler.

Posted by: map529 | October 8, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse


This sounds remarkably similar to Obama mocking handicapped Special Olympic children on the Jay leno show or when he mocked John McCain for not being able to type when using his computer because of his hand disability.

Considering that Ms. Johnson was one of the largest contributors to the Obama campaign I guess she must have a lot in common with Obama.

Posted by: fury60 | October 8, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that I feel sorry for Sheila Johnson. She seems like a sad character, and she wasn't filthy rich, no one would listen to her.

Posted by: bikes-everywhere | October 8, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I am the mother of a school-age child who stutters, and even his 5th grade classmates have more common decency than this. This has nothing to do with partisan politics, but it has everything to do with someone who is cruel enough to mock someone for something that they can't help.

A first-rate jerk isn't limited to one political party. They're everywhere. Case in point.

Posted by: ach73 | October 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

To add to what "multiplepov" says: The main WAPO site doesn't say "Sheila Johnson's Macaca Moment." It says, near a prominent picture of McDonnell: "Macaca Moment -- Hockstader: One of the candidates gets mocked for his halting speech, and the Virginia governor's race looks more and more like high school." Quite misleading.

Posted by: MeInTheMiddle | October 8, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Seems crazy to me - tar McDonnell for something Sheila Johnson said.

Question? Why didn't you get all over Hollywood for mocking Bush?

Oh, I see. Bush deserves ridicule because he's Republican. And McDonnell deserves to be tarred, by extension, form a supporter, because he's a Republican. Plus, as I understand, Sheila Johnson is a Democrat. No matter. Republicans are horrible ...

Go away! You're too boring and too predictable.

Posted by: Cdgaman | October 8, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

No, the WaPo's Republican Rising! (The Fix) blog calls out the weight based attack ads being run by Chris Christie up the road.

Posted by: shrink2 | October 8, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

sorry, run by Corzine against

Posted by: shrink2 | October 8, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

This is a really racist article on the part of the Post. And sexist too.

Picking on a black woman, how low can they go. I guess since she supports the Republican, the Post doesn't think she's either a woman or a black.

Sad but typical

Posted by: bandmom22 | October 8, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Johnson may be rich, but she has no class and is ignorant.

Posted by: boblee1 | October 8, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Seems crazy to me - tar McDonnell for something Sheila Johnson said. -- Posted by: Cdgaman

Yet it's not crazy to you to tar Obama for something Bill Ayres or Rev. Wright did. More conservo double-standard.

"You see, Obama ran as the "Post Racial" candidate, saying that all the old stuff about race didn't apply anymore, and that Rev. Wright was a person of a different era." - cdgaman, 9/18/2009

Posted by: washpost18 | October 8, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Bush deserved, and still deserves ridicule because he ran our country into the ground. Bush represented, unfortunately, well..all of us. This woman doesn't represent anyone but herself.

Posted by: Smiley2 | October 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news? Some partisan hitjobs are shamefully transparent.

Posted by: NoWeCant | October 8, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republican behavior. They love to mock. It makes them feel superior, but only shows how small they are. To equate a speech impediment with the ability to articulate ideas is such a simple way of thinking.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 8, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Forget all of the garbage this article pretends is important.

I saw McDonnell interviewed on CNBC's Kudlow report the other night. This guy has good ideas to stimulate VA's economy. His ideas were well articulated - so even an ignorant, free-market, minimal government conservative like me could understand it. (Figured I'd beat the libs to the punch of insulting me).

Deeds, on the other hand, really has nothing except raising taxes. If VA residents are paying attention to the messages of both candidates, Deeds is going to get buried.

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | October 8, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

SavetheRepublic wrote: Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him. Actually, i believe some even called him stupid because he wasn't the most eloquent of speakers. Where was the outrage then?
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There was no outrage because Bush proved himself to be incompetent and unfit for the office. His poor speaking skills merely reflected his lack of intellectual ability.

Posted by: gposner | October 8, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"I want Deeds to win, but this is far beyond a stretch if you think its a Macaca Moment. This was a supporter not the candidate!

Posted by: johnnyspazm | October 8, 2009 12:39 PM"
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Well, true, the candidate wasn't the one that said it, but Sheila Johnson appeared on behalf of the candidate. From the article:

"In a campaign appearance on behalf of Bob McDonnell, the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, Johnson, the zillionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, explained that she’d endorsed him because -- well, because he doesn’t stutter."

If you invite someone to speak on your behalf, you are tacitly endorsing everything that they say.

Posted by: ClandestineBlaze | October 8, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Matthew_DC writes, "What's next? Making fun of amputees and the blind?..."

Exactly what the Republicans did to Vietnam vet and triple amputee Max Cleland. Exactly what Rush Limbaugh did to Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson's disease.

etc...

Posted by: dotellen | October 8, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Yet it's not crazy to you to tar Obama for something Bill Ayres or Rev. Wright did. More conservo double-standard.

"You see, Obama ran as the "Post Racial" candidate, saying that all the old stuff about race didn't apply anymore, and that Rev. Wright was a person of a different era." Posted by: washpost18

************************************

Van Jones, the hard core racist and anti-American, is of this era and handpicked by Obama to be one of his advisors.

Posted by: fury60 | October 8, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Deeds, on the other hand, really has nothing except raising taxes.

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | October 8, 2009 3:16 PM

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And this is why he can't articulate his plans...because he has none. He can articulate his lofty goals just fine, but that's the easy part. He fumbles around when he has to go into specifics.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | October 8, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I think its ironic that the founder of BET is making fun of someone who stutters, when half the shows on BET only speak Ebonics.

Posted by: pdogglimhotmailcom | October 8, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Having money doesn't mean you have any class.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | October 8, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the decline of print journalism is evident in this piece. The Headline is not only misleading, but fatuous. This woman's mean-spiritedness may be an issue, but not one that is relevant to Bob MacDonald nor George Allen for that matter.

Shameful.

Posted by: Akcita_Tridens | October 8, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I think the point is, for those who don't get it, is that Johnson made these comments at a reception for McDonnell.

One might presume McDonnell knew of Johnson's thoughts about Deed's speaking style. At any rate, it speaks to the kind of person McDonnell attracts.

Posted by: arancia12 | October 8, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

clandestineblaze wrote- If you invite someone to speak on your behalf, you are tacitly endorsing everything that they say.
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Does this notion apply to Obama whenever Biden barfs something out?

Posted by: 12oreo | October 8, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Deeds doesn't stutter. He gets all his words out just fine. What he does do is repeat, repeat his words to buy more time for him to complete his thought.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 8, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

No, Shelia Johnson did not have a Macaca Moment. The Macaca statement was racist, Sheila Johnson was just plain stupid and cruel. Which by the way explains how she as a Democrat and a woman to boot could support McDonnell. Is she living too large in Middleburg or what?

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | October 8, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

She's a thoughtless nincompoop.

Posted by: tojo45 | October 8, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey PanamaJack,

When a 21 year old writes a master's thesis attacking gays and unwed mothers that's one thing. When a married 34 year old writes the same thing, it's quite different.

I quote:

"The family as an institution existed antecedent to civil government, and hence is not subject to being defined by it. It is in the law of Nature of the created Order that the Creator instituted marriage and family in Eden."

Nothing like another moronic creationist in office, eh???

Posted by: bhuang2 | October 8, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Well this is BET. What do you expect?"

Uh, no. It's not. This is amateur video from some McDonnell rally.

Johnson, the reporter says, founded the channel, but it was really more her ex-husband, Robert.

BET has nothing to do with this story in any case. Robert and Sheila Johnson sold it years ago. It's now owned by Viacom.

I can see why we have such pointless, tiring debates in this country. Half the people don't even know what's going on.

Posted by: mypitts2 | October 8, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post makes up it's own stories and then reports on them. Just as they did when they turned a made up word "macaca" into a racial slur that cost a man the election. Isn't it a shame that they are doing this to another candidate who happens to be a Republican. What a libera rag.

Posted by: awatts1 | October 8, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Give it up leftists, Deeds is a Dud.

Posted by: SMWE357 | October 8, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that even the WaPo can gin up another macaca lie. But, I do give you points for trying.

Posted by: d1carter | October 8, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"In fact, Deeds speaks like most of us -- he starts and restarts sentences, correcting and modifying and adjusting as he goes."

And how did the Left treat George W. Bush for doing the same?

I'd comment on Liberal Hypocrisy, but that would be redundant.

Posted by: AnAmericanFirst | October 8, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I guess you don't have to be a rich, f@t wh!te m@n to be an !d!ot - it sure helps to be a Republican, though!

Posted by: markinirvine | October 8, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I stutter. I can largely control it through compensations, such as speaking slowly when I think I may stutter. I was offended by Ms. Johnson's comments. Stuttering is a speech disability. Would she joke about someone in a wheelchair? Probably yes.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | October 8, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Just one more example of why the Republican Party is in the sewer and headed for a well-earned extinction. These examples occur about three times a day now. This is what happens when Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck are the brightest leaders in your Party.

Posted by: wilder5121 | October 8, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

SavetheRepublic: "Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him. Where was the outrage then?"

The difference is that Bush was killing 5,000 US Soldiers and borrowing $10 BILLION per month from China to kill brown people. You want to forget that or pretend it didn't occur, but it did.

Posted by: NotNowMooky | October 8, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Bitter_Bill, this is the first time I've agreed with you on anything! Stuttering may be a difficulty with delivery but it DOES not have anything to do with the intelligence of the content. I have worked with brilliant people who stutter.

Posted by: NotNowMooky | October 8, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The attempts to parallel this with people mocking Bush's malapropisms is wildly off base.

Johnson is mocking Deeds for something that most would consider (A) beyond an individual's control and (B) an irrelevant non-indicator of fitness for office. Bush was being mocked for something that was legitimately viewed as a failing of intellect and literacy, a legitiamte concern when judging the president of the country.

Apples and oranges.

Posted by: kalo_rama | October 8, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat, but "Macaca" was once in a lifetime...

Posted by: fleeciewool | October 8, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Washington Post will really stop at nothing to try to make this a race.

Too bad there is one qualified candidate and one unqualified candidate. And your attempts to smear Bob McDonnell over and over again on the most ridiculous of premises is falling flat on its face.

Oh, and Creigh Deeds IS inarticulate, morons. You have even said so yourselves when you blasted his sham of a "transportation plan." Did you hear him try to talk to reporters about taxes?

There is nothing wrong with telling the truth to voters, and that is all Sheila Johnson has done here.

Stop campaigning for Deeds, Washington Post. It makes you look ridiculous. (But I suppose you are used to that by now.)

Posted by: etpietro | October 8, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Further proof that money doesn't buy you class. I don't care how many mansions or horses she owns, I think much less of Sheila Johnson now. She can apologize, but she's offered us a window into her true character and her life's perspective. You what they say about the definition of a political gaffe: It's when a person says what they were really thinking.

Whoever said she's being criticized because she's a black woman can eat a bag full of fail. If a white woman had said something similarly stupid in a political context, she'd get criticized too. Ever hear of Michele Bachmann?

Posted by: Route1 | October 8, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Johnson is an idiot. She fails to understand that mockery of disabilities is akin to racial invective in that both associate a physical characteristic with some form of inferiority.

It's called "esentialism," lady.

Posted by: rogied25 | October 8, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

She's endorsing a candidate who is an old school misogynist bigot, because he's slicker?
Does she realize McDonnell hates anyone who isn't a white hate filled christian taliban??
Or that voting for a republican will set back the cause of civil rights in Virginia??

Posted by: jeffc6578 | October 8, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Ms. Johnson, co-founder of BET, supports a guy who not too many years ago wouldn't have given her the time of day and attended a University whose acceptance of diversity is questionable at best....certainly when McD was enrolled.

Deeds is running a horrible campaign, and I have to shake my head as I ponder if he would run the Commonwealth as poorly as he is running this campaign. But, anyone who thinks McD is going to advance transportation in NoVa is delusional. He co-wrote a transportation plan for Hampton Roads, then voted against it. Bob McDonnell is all about Bob McDonnell. His law firm represents health insurance companies and he has worked for one.

He is ultra conservative, and Va will pay the price if he is elected. This is the worst choice for Governor I have seen since I started voting in 1972.

Posted by: ilcn | October 8, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Ummm...the reason the "Macaca" line hurt Allen was that HE WAS THE ONE WHO SAID IT. Sorry, WaPo, you're just going to have to dig harder if you want to swing this election to your prefered candidate.

Posted by: qaz1231 | October 8, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Keep f***ing that chicken, Washington Post.

Posted by: rkinneypa | October 8, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

So if a Deeds supporter makes inappropriate remarks and posts them virally, will the Washington Post give equal coverage to that?

This isn't relevant, and further, it diminishes the credibility of the Washington Post to continue to cover it.

Posted by: Dangle_G | October 8, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Those darn undiagnosed, unattended, unmentioned disabilities
So it turns out that despite all the hullabaloo about a McDonnell supporter supposedly making fun of Creigh Deeds's "speech impediment," the Deeds campaign says the candidate has never "had a stutter diagnosis" and never sought "medical attention" for his condition.

It's never been diagnosed, he never sought treatment, and as I noted yesterday, it has never appeared in any article about Deeds throughout his career. Yet somehow we're supposed to believe this was a deliberate attempt to mock stutterers.

We're at that stage in the primary where everything any supporter of the Republican candidate does is automatically treated as the worst outrage in human history, in a desperate attempt to change the narrative.
Jim Geraghty

Posted by: kohnfjerry | October 8, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The reader (if s/he bothers to find the truth) should be mindful that this ridicule was not done by the McDonnell campaign but a supporter. -- Posted by: panamajack

Ahh, so we can expect the continual bleating of, "Bill Ayers! Rev. Wright!!" to immediately cease and apologies to be delivered all around because conservos have finally accepted guilt-by-association is an intellectually and moral bankrupt argument? Or does this only work one way, hmmm?


Posted by: washpost18 | October 8, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse


No Obama clearly stated, no pun intended ;) that you should judge him by the company he keeps. So I will. RADICAL!

Posted by: rm2slam1 | October 8, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson is just an ignor...ignor...ignor... dumb b!tch.

Posted by: chopin224 | October 8, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I can understand the media's sense of outrage since they just spent eight years defending how President Bush's dexterity with English which was mocked by every Democrat out there.

The problem with Deeds is that his halting, correcting talking pattern is really an underlying undercertainty of where he stands and fear of locking himself into a commitment.

Mr. Deeds are you for same sex marriage in Virginia? And he will waffle for an hour trying not to offend the majority of Virginians who support traditional marriage nor lose the support of gays he deperately needs to win.

Mr Deeds how will you fund transportation enhancments? He will tell us that he supports wants to raise funds through a bipartisan plan. The Post says he has committed to raise taxes, but Mr. Deeds cannot spit out a taxation plan. The Post thinks Virginia is not taxed enough but it has not endorsed a taxation strategy for transportation or state funding.

Posted by: krush01 | October 8, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

No wonder why under her reign at BET they ditched Tavis Smiley and ran dopey Hip-hop videos.

Reminds me of the way Max Cleland D-GA was attacked in his 1st senate race. His opponent said that he did not have a leg to stand on.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | October 8, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Macaca / Schmacaca........At this point readers of the WAPO are immune to the term, it's been falsely applied so much.

Posted by: jahs4fun | October 8, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

"Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him. Actually, i believe some even called him stupid because he wasn't the most eloquent of speakers. Where was the outrage then?"

There's a difference between being willfully inarticulate and having a speech impediment. One is sloppy, arrogant behavior; the other is a disability.

Posted by: kjohnson3 | October 8, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Macaca moment? Is she a candidate? Huh?

Please.

Posted by: CJArlington | October 8, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

TO: SavetheRepublic who wrote:
“Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celebrity who didn't like him. Actually, I believe some even called him stupid because he wasn't the most eloquent of speakers. Where was the outrage then?”
___________________

Where was the outrage? Everywhere.

Bush has been roasted by nearly everyone in this country for nearly everything he said and did.

They wrote books about “Bushisms”. Where were you?


Posted by: lindalovejones | October 8, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's not lose perspective here. While it is in poor taste that Johnson made her remark, the larger issue is that she is supporting a republican candidate, and we all know that those who call themselves republicans are:

1. homophobic neanderthals
2. tax-phobic cockroaches
3. selfish cowards
4. religious hypocrites
5. mean spirited jackasses
6. hateful mamma's boys
7. sexually repressed perverts
8. anal retentive crybabies
9. self-righteous simpletons
10. misogynists
11. rednecks
12. anti-intellectuals
13. paranoid schizophrenics
13. callous slugs
14. greedy hogs
15. stupid, stupid, stupid


Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 8, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

WOW Adrienne, by this post I can see your much better than any republican. Your post shows no signs of any of the above behavior. Now please go take a shower, lose some weight and shave your arm pits and legs. This message brought to be the RNC.

Posted by: rm2slam1 | October 8, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Yet it's not crazy to you to tar Obama for something Rev. Wright did. More conservo double-standard.
Posted by: washpost18
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Double standard?? Obama was friends with Wright for 20 years.. called him a mentor and advisor.. McDonnell has NO relationship with Jackson other than she is supporting his run for governor.. Big difference..

Posted by: sovine08 | October 8, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson and Black Embarrassing Television (BET) are useless and I wish they both would just go away. Their depiction of black society is offensive and perpetuates negative stereotypes. She and her ex-husband are leeches.

Posted by: question-guy | October 8, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't you have the growing sense that most republicans are just nasty and mean spirited people? Most of them keep this nastiness bottled up, but every so often it just crawls out in all its wonderful ugliness

Posted by: rlampe | October 8, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Does the writer of this article have any brain cells left?? Give me a break!! What a waste of time, effort and money. The headline is totaly misleading. How about lets focus on the CANDIDATES and not what their SUPPORTERS are doing or saying??

Posted by: maddogjts | October 8, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

What an irony. Bob McDonnell clearly stands above all of this.

Posted by: JohnRice | October 8, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Ever notice Huckabees, even token ones, can never confront an opponent on the issues?
They can only go negative and attack personally. I would like to be inside the Southern racist CBN university mind of McDonnell, know what he REALLY thinks about Blacks and then tell Sheila.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 8, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

TO: SavetheRepublic who wrote:
“Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celebrity who didn't like him. Actually, I believe some even called him stupid because he wasn't the most eloquent of speakers. Where was the outrage then?”
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Bush was the President of our Country who represented the United States in every corner of the world.

Bush couldn't go any higher than this position! Anywhere!

And because he demonstrated how inarticulate he was, he made a laughing stock of our entire Country by every two bit dictator in the world.

Occasionally stuttering can be addressed. Ignorance at the age of 63, unfortunately is unrepairable.

And the ignorance of Ms. Johnson to demonstrate the stuttering by mocking Mr. Deeds explains quite a bit to why McDonnell's campaign is sliding so severely.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | October 8, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Washington Pimp is still campaigning for Craig Deeds.

Funny though, the only time I heard Deeds stutter was when he was trying to explain his many positions on how he was going to raise taxes on Virginia voters.

Maybe the Washington Pimp should put up that You Tube?

Posted by: robtr | October 8, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

You're just a racist. Isn't that the current meme?

Is it safe to assume that you also criticized Corzine's attacks on his opponent's weight? How about everyone who criticized Bush's "nucular"?

Oh, no, of course not. That would mean that you're applying the same standards across the board... and everyone knows that the WaPo would never stand for that.

Posted by: malclave | October 8, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

What the democrat/liberals want you to do is pay attention to words, not Deeds. The desperat WAPO/Deeds agitprop pushing this is just more caca.

Dems are forever mocking the speaking style of their enemies. Bush, Palin, Rudy G. Schwarzenegger, Ford, Eisenhower were all mocked repeatedly by dems. Repubs mocked the speaking style and hiccups of Truman, JFK, RFK, LBJ, Carter, Humphrey etc.

Posted by: NAuchi | October 8, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I must say, I didn't take the Post calling the incident a "Macaca Moment" as a slam on Bob McDonnell, nor did I interpret it as Bob McDonnell making a gaffe. Notice that the title is "Sheila Johnson's Macaca Moment," not "Bob McDonnell's Macaca Moment." I interpreted this as an offensive remark that somebody made in the Virginia Governor's race. It seems to me, the Post used the word "Macaca" in reference to what is becoming a string of gaffes made in the Virginia Governor's races.

Posted by: damascuspride04 | October 8, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Due to the lead McDonnell has over Deeds, the WaPo is going to give macaca another shot.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 8, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

For all of you suggesting this is just a supporter not a member of the campaign staff, I haven't heard the campaign disavow the supporter's remarks. Sort of like the Tar Baby trying to get rid of the tar.

Posted by: esdean | October 8, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I can only wonder what Sheila Johnson must think of James Earl Jones (arguably America's greatest living actor), who has struggled against his stuttering since childhood, yet found incomparable eloquence in performing the lines of others.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | October 8, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

annew2 wrote "If Sheila's left hand was tied down, would she be able to speak at all? Her chop chop chop is hilarious."

Yep. And. She. Talks. As. If. Her. Entire. Audience. Is. Learning. Impaired. And. There. Is. A. Period. After. Every. Word. She. Says.

Not exactly the best messenger to challenge someone's communication skills.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | October 8, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Sheila Johnson is an arse.

Posted by: bobbarnes | October 8, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

SHEILA JOHNSON IS A DISGRACE TO WOMEN AND A BLK SCUMBAG TRAILER TRASH!

Posted by: Sparky15 | October 8, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Does this notion apply to Obama whenever Biden barfs something out?

Posted by: 12oreo | October 8, 2009 3:43 PM
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LMAO!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | October 8, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

REPUBLICANFREEZONE erote, 'Wow, pretty vile. Not the candidate's fault, but amazing that a prominent citizen thinks this is OK. What's next? Making fun of amputees and the blind? ben there done that- see republicans attacking Sen. Max Cleland. classy group.'

No, sliming mother's with Down's Sydrome babies. See Democrat Carol Fowler's truly vile comment about Sarah Palin's 'primary qualification' for being VP was not having an abortion. Democrats: classy group, indeed.

And just for the record: no Republican mocked Cleland's handicap / war injury status so spare us the disinformation.

Posted by: egdusa | October 8, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him. Actually, i believe some even called him stupid because he wasn't the most eloquent of speakers. Where was the outrage then?

Posted by: SavetheRepublic | October 8, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse


No, Bus as called "stupid" because he was arrogant, immature, incompetent, careless, lazy, narrow-minded, hubristic, short-sighted...you know, STUPID.


Posted by: dfc102 | October 8, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Uh, George W. Bush was "mocked for his halting speech" for eight years. And for a whole series of ticks and idiosyncrasies. No Washington Post blog, nor blog from any other liberal, ever complained. Hmmm. What can we deduct from this?

Posted by: Craig_Colgan | October 8, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Corzine is having a fatty moment in New Jersey.

Posted by: georgejones5 | October 8, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

"Doesn't she know ...that voting for a republican will set back the cause of civil rights in Virginia..."

Yeah -- if you don't vote democrat you're a racist -- no matter your color.

How completely, utterly stupid.

Posted by: CARealist | October 8, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Are they going to arrest her for the hate crime of attacking a disability?

Posted by: dottydo | October 8, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

And how did the Left treat George W. Bush for doing the same?

I'd comment on Liberal Hypocrisy, but that would be redundant.

Posted by: AnAmericanFirst | October 8, 2009 3:58 PM
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I'd comment on Conservative stupidity but that would be a tautology.

Posted by: ScottFromOz | October 8, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

NewsBusters: WaPo's Hockstader Hopes to Make 'Macaca' Moment of McDonnell Fundraiser Gaffe
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2009/10/08/wapos-hockstader-hopes-make-macaca-moment-mcdonnell-fundraiser-gaffe

Posted by: StewartIII | October 8, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile Bob McDonnell has been very articulate and clear about his "vision" for society. Women, stay home and shut up. Couples, stop using birth control - because that is depriving Allah of his control over your reproduction. Everyone, watch what you do in your bedrooms, lest some "unnatural" form of sex (oral or anal) disqualify you for public office.

He's very eloquent about these strictures of God's Law. Just like the really crisp and clear Imams in radical Islam. Bob McDonnell doesn't stutter in spouting his fire and brimstone. If you want a good slick Reverend Dimmesdale, he's your man.

Posted by: B2O2 | October 8, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

If they can mook Deed, a native speaker of English language, what about us immigrants? No wonder highly educated immigrants are still driving cabs in this country.

Posted by: nwachai | October 8, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Robert Johnson gave over $1b to divorce this woman. I call that a BARGAIN. Now everyone knows why -- she hasn't figured out how to overcome her own bitterness. In other words, she's a hater.

If Sheila Johnson (Crump) is not part of the McDonnell machine, let McDonnell say that for the record. Let McDonnell say that she will receive no appointments or bennies from the Commonwealth of VA.

Posted by: dkbain1 | October 8, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Deeds speech impediment is much more serious than "W"'s and there's no excuse for it.

"W" put in 50% more flight time in a jet fighter than was considered safe for health and ended up with quite obvious aphasia.

If Deeds had done something risky (flying jets, firing weapons in the Infantry, getting blown up) I might be prepared to ignore it. But since he's a Democrat he's fair game in my book.

Posted by: muawiyah | October 8, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't sharpton / jackson come down on this trash making fun of how people speak?

Posted by: Socialistic | October 8, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

"Funny, Bush's poor speaking skills were fodder for every comedian, political pundit, and celbrity who didn't like him. Actually, i believe some even called him stupid because he wasn't the most eloquent of speakers. Where was the outrage then?"

Posted by: SavetheRepublic
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Couldn't have been the stupid things he did, could it? Big tax cuts the wealthy didn't need while increasing spending? An invasion that had no real purpose? Abandoning a war that did? Pandering to religious kooks?

Nah...

Posted by: st50taw | October 8, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of the Republicans but I agree with the others posters that this is no maccaca moment - instead its a vain (or do I mean lame?) attempt to infuse some spark into what has been a rather dreary campaign by both candidates - best we can do for "news" about them is a viral video of one candidate's supporter making fun of the other candidate? Not so newsy in my book -nor very illuminating about either candidate.

Posted by: mocadmin | October 8, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Dottydo asked, "Are they going to arrest her for the hate crime of attacking a disability?"

Nope. Government's not going to do anything about her free speech. Other free speakers are going to point out to her embarassment that she's a worse public speaker than the man she mocked.

You'll have to come up with some better rationale for feeling put upon, Dotty. I'm sure you're up to the task.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | October 8, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

This is truly charming. How did she manage to spent eight years listening to Bush without freaking out and being dragged screaming to a psychiatric hospital?

Posted by: moninga1 | October 8, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are idiots.

Posted by: macaluso03 | October 8, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

One word for her: Disgusting

Posted by: sharronkm | October 8, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Man, the lengtsh this paper is going to to pull out a win for Creigh Deeds is absolutely pathetic. THey are even using the exact reference that was used when they wrote about 100 stories on George Allen, because obviously views on hairstyles are the most importants determinants of a person's competence.

Posted by: Bob65 | October 8, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans are idiots"


Hahahahahahahahahahahahahyahahahhahaha, she's a Democrat, genius.

Posted by: Bob65 | October 8, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Funny how this article doesn't mention her political affiliation. I wonder why that is? Oh, wait, no I don't. I know the answer to that on already.

ANd in case someone missed it, SHE IS A DEMOCRAT.

Posted by: Bob65 | October 8, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

"Ahh, so we can expect the continual bleating of, "Bill Ayers! Rev. Wright!!" to immediately cease and apologies to be delivered all around because conservos have finally accepted guilt-by-association is an intellectually and moral bankrupt argument."

Yeah because a 20 year association with the most vile bigot in the United States, an association he only ended because of politics and an association with a man who attempted mass murder is EXACTLY the same as someone insulting a stutterer during an unscripted speech. Exactly the same.

Posted by: Bob65 | October 8, 2009 11:31 PM | Report abuse

"Meanwhile Bob McDonnell has been very articulate and clear about his "vision" for society. Women, stay home and shut up. Couples, stop using birth control - because that is depriving Allah of his control over your reproduction. Everyone, watch what you do in your bedrooms, lest some "unnatural" form of sex (oral or anal) disqualify you for public office."


NEWSFLASH: That talking point ain't working.

Posted by: Bob65 | October 8, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

She's a democrat, she's not a token and she is opportunistic. At some point when you get into the millionaire club you realize what is most important to you and not care a world about anything else. Also she is an elitist, not your average suburban/urban african woman.

With that Said, Deeds is too far behind. McDonell has too good of a plan so he is going to win no doubt.

Posted by: godpere | October 8, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

"W" put in 50% more flight time in a jet fighter than was considered safe for health and ended up with quite obvious aphasia.

No - W refused his drug test, and was not allowed to fly any more.

What you're calling aphasia is what happens to dry drunks.

Posted by: dutchess2 | October 8, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Lee. So it's okay for Corzine to make fun of Christie for being fat, but NOT for a campaign supporter to make fun of an opponent's stutter?

I don't know if Deeds stammers or just restarts sentences. I haven't listened to him long enough to notice. But if you're going to be a politician and make speeches, you had better learn or train yourself not to do that. Great speakers are made as well as born.

Posted by: joeduffus | October 8, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

That, more than anything else, is why the country is so screwed up. This nation has turned into a group of individuals all looking out for themselves. People who are more concerned with the welfare of the group/country are the exception. I'm not saying that people in times past weren't concerned with their own welfare, but they were at least willing to sacrifice. I'd be willing to wager money that more than a few lawsuits would be filed challenging the legality of rationing if World War Two was to occur now instead of 68 years ago.

Personally, I'm starting to think Robert Heinlein had the right idea in STARSHIP TROOPERS when the society in his novel restricted the right to vote to those who had demonstrated an ability, through federal service, to put the welfare of others ahead of their personal welfare. Such people are not perfect and, indeed, he says so in the book - but they have demonstrated a willingness to think about the good of others in addition to themselves.

Posted by: SeaTigr | October 9, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

The board didn't post what I was replying to: a poster who wrote, "I look at both of these guys, and I ask, "Who will benefit ME the most?""

Posted by: SeaTigr | October 9, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I thought this was the prestigious Washington Post, not TMZ. What a crappy article. We've got to stop being the whiney party and back to being Democrats. Face it Deeds hasn't done jack except for slinging mud. This article and posts by adrienne_najjar only make us seem like whiney jerks. And whiney jerks don't win anything. This is Deeds election to lose and he's doing a great job of losing it.

Posted by: abar1 | October 9, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse


I have never seen a finer example of the non-apology than that given by
Sheila Johnson after she was caught mocking Deed's speech. A true apology would have sounded something like this:

To children and adults with speech difficulties: I apologize for making
liars of your parents, friends and teachers, who have told you to keep
talking because people will listen to what you have to say, not make fun
of the way you say it. I am sorry for encouraging others to believe that
mocking anyone’s speech is a legitimate form of public debate. I am sorry
for the disappointment you’ll experience, yet again, when someone follows
the example I set. I am sorry for offering your speech up as something
amusing that would somehow persuade people to vote my way. I also
apologize to my candidate, for putting him in the position of apparently
supporting me and my idea of humor; I suppose he’ll have to answer for that
later.

Her behavior was nauseating, as is the inaction of the McDonnell campaign.


Posted by: itsadogg | October 9, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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