While YouTube may seem like a great way to watch your favorite Duran Duran videos years after they stopped airing on MTV, for politicians it represents the ultimate peril: the ability to spread embarrassing moments virally across the country. The first major "YouTube moment" for a politician came in 2006, when former
Senator George Allen
was recorded referring to a volunteer for the rival Jim Webb campaign as "macaca." Allen's use of the word, which many interpreted as being a derivation of the French racial slur "macaque," forced Allen to publicly apologize to the volunteer, a Virginia resident and second-generation Indian-American. While Allen's gaffe was the first major political YouTube moment, the most memorable one came after
, a University of Florida student, was tasered by police during a John Kerry speech at his school. The incident gave rise to the now-famous phrase, "Don't tase me, bro!"