The governor of Virginia recently went on the record as being in favor of murdering infants which have been born alive. By pure, unsuspicious coincidence*, the next day or so pictures of his school yearbook emerged. He was either dressed as a Klansman or wearing blackface, decades ago, and thought it was amusing enough to put on his own self-decorated yearbook page.
The alleged scandal of his having been the kind of person who thinks this sort of thing is amusing has led to nearly-universal calls for his resignation from the governorship. Let me be clear:
Ralph Northam should not resign.
What he did is arguably in poor taste, but we have had other people (notable comedians included) dress in blackface much more recently with zero “outrage” and no calls for apology or resignation. The people who know him best these days, say that he hasn’t a racist bone in his body. There is no evidence he was actively malicious in his costumery. The people of Virginia (and everybody else) should be willing to allow that college students sometimes do stupid things, and let this slide.
What they should NOT forgive, is his position on abortion which somehow includes support of infanticide. THAT is what should rightfully (in a sane world) sink his prospect at re-election.
A bit of political analysis, pure speculation on my part, follows. Bear in mind that 2019 is an election year in Virginia. The Lieutenant Governor of Virginia is accused of actions 14 years ago including a sexual assault against a fellow attendee of the Democratic Party’s National Convention. So there is pressure on him to resign. The Attorney General of Virginia publicly called for Governor Northam to resign some days ago, over the blackface pictures. Now he has come out and admitted that he, too, appeared in blackface costume at a party in the previous century. There are calls for him to resign also. If all three of these resign, then you will have a trio of Democrats out of the way and the next in line of succession in Virginia is a Republican, because the R team holds a slight majority in the legislature of Virginia.
If the beseiged Democrat leadership of the State resigns, then the next election season is much less ugly. You would not have to face (as a Virginian) the D party’s entire leadership having “huge scandals” in their past, which could lead to disgust and D voters staying home. This would lead to a solid R government in Virginia. If they do not resign, then the election is going to be predictably ugly and the R party has better odds in their favor. Little wonder then, that the D party is calling en masse for the resignations of these three men.
*The comments on the murder of small children alone should be enough to sink Northam in the next election. The more conspiracy-minded among us are at least willing to grant the possiblity that the blackface “controversy” arose as a Democrat-planted distraction from the Democratic Party’s willingness to entertain the idea of legalizing murder of small children. The Governor showed the party’s true colors, and this is unacceptable. Gotta lie to ’em a little while longer, don’cha know. It just won’t do to let the idiot voters know we are in favor of killing children any time up until they learn algebra…they’re not quite ready for that, yet!