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National implications for McDonnell's Confederate proclamation?

The Fix's Chris Cillizza has been talking to national strategists about whether Gov. Bob McDonnell's Confederate History Month proclamation and subsequent apology for leaving out mention of slavery puts him out of contention as a national candidate.

"It's a lasting scar mainly for its combination of stupidity, insensitivity and ignorance about the Civil War," one senior Republican strategist told Cillizza.

"Sixty days and it's ancient history," said another.

McDonnell has long denied national ambitions, but that hasn't stopped the political pundits from repeatedly naming him as a national prospect.

Read more here.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  April 8, 2010; 12:16 PM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell  
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Jim Webb of course gave a speech at the Confederate memorial before he became a Senator, in which he extolled the valor of the Confederate soldiers and argued that the Civil War was not about slavery. It's still on if you're interested. The Post didn't even mention this speech during Webb's campaign, let alone report on it.

Posted by: tomtildrum | April 8, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

McRobertson was a presidential hopeful? Who knew about this?

Posted by: free-donny | April 8, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

This is not the only Civil War History scandal in Virginia.


Posted by: MikeLicht | April 10, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

ere is a section in arlingtonnat.cemt. that has confederate soldiers, should that be removed to make people happy?
#2-The unedducated complainers don't know that there were black soldiers on both sides ,north and south!
#3the black voters are being used as a lever to open the door for socialism!
#4-Thecivial war was really about fighting between rep. and dem. who USED slavery as the final straw to lead to the war!

Posted by: hardballmolnar | April 11, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

#1- there are black soldiers who fought for the south and arliton nat.cemt. has confederate soldiers burried there! Yes history buffs there where black soldiers on both sides!

Posted by: hardballmolnar | April 11, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

In 232 years we have ,as veterains ,have taken the oath to protect our country and constitution !Blck ,white,red ,yellow,purple,we all took the same oath!to protect our country from communism and socialism!

Posted by: hardballmolnar | April 11, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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