Last week was already shaping up to be a bad one for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D). It’s not every day that you defend an abortion bill by going well beyond the actual prescriptions in that bill and laying out a case for outright infanticide. If the Democratic Party had any morals or compunction whatsoever, that interview would have basically been the end of the line for their man in Virginia. But since Democrats can never go out there and defend the sanctity of infant life lest they lose the perceived – cough, cough – “high ground” in the debate over abortion, they let it slide. We even saw a few loonies trying to defend Northam, which was pretty grotesque in its own right.
And now they have invited disaster onto their house.
Maybe God had seen enough. Because only a day after Northam’s despicable remarks, a bit of righteous manna came down from the heavens. Big League Politics dug up a yearbook picture from Northam’s time at Eastern Virginia Medical School. On a page devoted to Mr. Northam from 1984, there is a photograph showing a student in blackface next to another student in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. After initially acknowledging that it was him in the picture (but unsure of whether he was the one in blackface or the one in the KKK garb), Northam did a strange about-face hours later when he said he was not, in fact, depicted in the photo.
And then there was the press conference.
“It was definitely not me,” Northam told reporters. “I can tell by looking at it.”
We can accept that it is within the scope of all possibilities that Northam might be able to say definitively that he is not the one in blackface, but we’re pretty sure he cannot say with any degree of certainty that he is not the one underneath the hood. Either way, wouldn’t this picture have caught his attention back in 1984? He’s acting as though he’s seeing it for the first time along with the rest of us. If a racist photo somehow made it onto YOUR yearbook page, wouldn’t you…um, say something about it? Wouldn’t you at least remember that it happened?
Democrats, knowing they will lose all of their hard-earned “everything and everyone is racist” high ground if they were to give Northam a pass, have been tripping over each other in an effort to condemn the Virginia governor and call on him to resign. So far, Sen. Mark Warner, Rep. Robert Scott, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Hillary Clinton are among the political heavy hitters telling Northam to hit the bricks.
Alas, he says he’s not going anywhere, even after admitting that while the blackface depicted in the yearbook is NOT him, he did shoe-polish his face to play Michael Jackson while at medical school. We assume, from this unforced admission, that we are only a day or two away from seeing footage of this impersonation.
If Northam is still the governor of Virginia by the end of the week, we’ll eat his Klan hood.