The Commonwealth of Virginia is engulfed in scandal, and it’s even more bizarre because it’s so many different scandals all concentrated at the same point.
The date rape accusations against Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax top off a week and a half of Virginia’s top politicians making shocking headlines.
There have been so many different and unrelated scandals in rapid succession that each one gets lost in the shock waves caused by the next. And they just keep hitting.
Somehow three different major controversial triggering hot button topics in American politics all converged on the same white-hot flashpoint of Richmond, Virginia in the span of one week, embroiling the highest ranking government officials of Virginia in national controversy.
1) Third trimester abortion, 2) A literal Ku Klux Klan hood found in the governor’s proverbial closet (along with blackface in a college yearbook edited by Virginia’s Senate Majority Leader), 3) and two years-late sexual assault allegations against the lieutenant governor from 2000 and 2004.
The scandal over VA’s abortion bill lasted all of three days from Jan 30th to Feb 1st. Then on February 2nd, Groundhog Day, the entire Democratic leadership of the Commonwealth of Virginia started living out its own very real Bill Murray style Groundhog Day loop from hell.
People called for Ralph Northam’s resignation that day when a college yearbook photo was published showing the governor of Virginia holding a beer and wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood– or blackface. He admitted he’s in the photo, but won’t say which one is him.
And amazingly he denied being either person in the photo the next day.
And then even more amazingly, while people were calling for his resignation, the governor of Virginia came perilously close to actually doing the moonwalk for journalists at a press conference after saying he wore blackface in the 80s to portray Michael Jackson in costume.
He looked like he really wanted to do it too!
Like he’s been dreaming of this moment all his life, when the press would challenge him to do the moonwalk on live television, and he does and absolutely nails it.
His wife who was standing next to him interrupted to pull him back from the precipice while confirming his talent, telling the journalist he can “in appropriate circumstances.”
A master stroke of diplomacy from Mrs. Northam there, Ralph, you’ve got a keeper:
While his own party tries to kill him, I just don’t get a racist vibe from this guy.
Any discussion of U.S. jurisprudence was completely hijacked by a leaked sexual assault allegation privately brought to the attention of Sen. Dianne Feinstein by the alleged victim.
Two more accusers piled on, one with an incredible allegation that she saw girls getting drugged and gang-raped by Kavanaugh and his peers at high school parties, and another with an accusation she later admitted she made up.
Central to the scandal was a torturous review of Brett Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook, which was replete with references to the heavy beer drinking parties of Kavanaugh and his peers. All hail Matt Damon and the SNL Cast for an insanely spot-on impression of the ordeal:
If Kavanaugh had been drinking so much, Democrats reasoned he might have blacked out and actually assaulted his most credible accuser without remembering.
So it looks like beers might be turning high school students who are the future of America into rapists and racists, but they still want to lock people up in prison for smoking weed.
We now live in the era of the archive unlike any other time in history.
And so it was inevitable in the high stakes game of U.S. politics (which was designed in 1789 to be an ongoing very hot, but soft civil war by any means other than direct violence) that political figures’ high school years books would come under scrutiny.
If this trends heats up into the brinksmanship of a full-blown arms race, get ready for politicians to start grabbing headlines for texts they sent in middle school.
Ralph Northam has refused to resign as governor over the yearbook photo, but that hasn’t stopped many nationally prominent Democrats from calling on him to resign.
And there was a media love fest over Justin Fairfax for one hot minute, until two women accused him of date raping them in 2000 and 2004.
The women say they wanted him to stop and he forced them to have unwanted sexual contact with him, while Fairfax says it was consensual.
So there’s the Virginia government’s Number One and Number Two knocked out in rapid-fire succession. Who would be next up to replace them if they both resigned?
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.
And naturally he volunteered to the press that he wore “blackface” in college in the 80s as well, to portray rapper Kurtis Blow. The NAACP and others then called on him to resign.
See why I say it’s like Groundhog Day?
Every day since Groundhog Day, we wake up, and the next politician in the line of succession for Virginia governor takes an undeserved flogging from an overly sensitive, hyper-politically correct, scandal and offense driven news cycle and social media complex over understandably shocking revelations.
It’s kind of like Groundhog Day, and it’s kind of like those Final Destination movies, where some strange force sets off improbable events to kill a series of people in a certain order, but with high ranking Virginia politicians’ careers and for real.
The first scandal to put Virginia in the national spotlight was Virginia Democrats sponsoring a bill to legalize abortion all the way up to the point of the mother giving birth.
It’s similar to a bill passed by New York Senate Democrats on January 22nd (the 46th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade) and signed into law that evening by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
On January 30th, Life Site News (published by the Toronto-based Campaign Life Coalition) posted a clip to YouTube of a dramatic exchange over this bill in a subcommittee hearing of the Virginia House of Delegates with this description:
“A Virginia House Delegate has proposed legislation that would allow abortions up until the moment of birth. In a shocking exchange during a subcommittee hearing about the bill, Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran hesitantly admitted that the measure would permit aborting children even as a mother has begun dilating in preparation to give birth.”
I won’t try to summarize it for you because words can’t do it justice.
It’s one minute long and people have written millions of words about it:
The Eye of Sauron was watching.
The next day Donald Trump tweeted:
And we all started watching.
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Ralph Northam Image from AP Photo / Steve Helber