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After the Unfortunate Remarks ...

Anita Kumar

Here's a fun fact on a Tuesday afternoon, 28 days until the big day -- Election Day, that is.

Republicans have been reminding us with some frequency about the number of viewers who have taken a look at the video of Democrat Creigh Deeds's post-debate scrum with reporters in which he struggles to explain whether he would raise taxes and snaps at a female reporter.

Well, check this out:

The clip of Deeds's post-debate scrum with reporters from Sept. 18 now has 52,050 views (and that's with nearly three weeks worth of Web ads directing viewers to the video)

But the video clip of Sheila Johnson, the billionaire co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and Bob McDonnell supporter who mocked Deeds's speaking style, now has 61,212 views after a mere 24 hours.

And, in case you aren't one of these thousands of people, you can see both videos right here:

By Anita Kumar  |  October 6, 2009; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Apples and oranges.

The Deeds tax thing wasn't aired all over MSNBC.

Posted by: jrhoeft | October 6, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Scrum" is the right word. A lot more people would be sympathetic to Deeds in that situation (being pelted with questions by reporters trying to trip him up) than they would to Johnson (speaking to a friendly audience).

Posted by: valandsend | October 6, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Maybe its because there are lots of Democrat bloggers that sit in their mom's basements all day and watch it on a loop to drive up the number. Those would be the same lame pasty jobless wierdos that the Post uses as key sources for their pointless stories.

Posted by: OldVirginian | October 6, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Here's some fun context: the video of Deeds bumbling around and disrespecting a woman--quick: when's the last time you heard a man sternly refer to a professional woman as "young lady"?--was not posted on Drudge Report. Also, Deeds is not as well known as Sheila Johnson.

Besides, which video do you think people are more likely to watch--a video of a BET founder allegedly mocking someone's stutter, or a state senator from Virginia bumbling around about arcane tax issues?

Posted by: OlMcCreedy | October 6, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

What a disgusting woman speaker!

Posted by: shrad433 | October 6, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I find both Sheila Johnson's and Robert McDonnell's behavior in this situation shocking and sad.

As a mother of children both with and without disabilities, I have witnessed first-hand the hurt and hot tears that inevitably flow when someone makes fun of a child's disability to impress their friends. I have explained to my children that if they either experience or witness such meanness by others, they have a duty to ask politely for an apology. Similarly, it is my duty as an adult to speak to the child's parent and inform them about what happened. I have never had an adult refuse to apologize for their child's behavior.

I can appreciate and accept Ms. Johnson's apology and know that if anyone were to mock her for either her race or gender, she would certainly expect the same. Mr. McDonnell's refusal to apologize for her belittling and callous remarks, is bizarre and makes me question his integrity and his honesty. If he lacks the grace and good sense to issue an apology for this insulting and insensitive behavior by someone speaking in his presence and on his behalf, perhaps he needs to visit his alma mater, Regent University -- founded by televangelist Pat Robertson -- and brush up on what it means to be a Christian.

Posted by: wolfies | October 6, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, Deeds did it to himself by being incoherent with his own message. Come on, he's running for Governor here! And the negative campaigning from Deeds and the cheerleading from Washingtonpost, that is what really turned me off and moved me to the McDonnell column. Keep up your double standards! Can't believe you guys dare to throw a minority woman under the bus just because who she supported. Look at yourself in the mirror sometime.

Posted by: letsfroggy1 | October 7, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

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