Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is still hanging on to his job by his fingernails (not because he endorses killing babies, but because of a blackface and KKK costume photo in his 1984 college yearbook. That’s today’s Democratic Party in a nutshell, emphasis on “n-u-t-s.”) Even the Washington Post has now joined the chorus demanding his resignation.
Meanwhile, the plight of next-in-line Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax just got worse. He strongly denied a report that he sexually assaulted an unnamed woman at the 2004 Democratic Convention. But we now know his accuser is Dr. Vanessa C. Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California. Furious at what she calls his “falsehoods and aspersions of my character,” she hired Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s attorneys and issued a detailed statement describing the alleged assault, which she also reportedly described to a friend at the time. She adds that she is a “proud Democrat” and has no political ulterior motives. Her story is at the link; warning, it is graphic and disturbing.
Fairfax issued a statement calling on the public to treat his accuser with respect and denying a report that he had made a profane and derisive comment about her (once again, a warning about the rough language at this link. Remember when political posts didn’t need to come with “R” ratings, like dirty movies?)
So that leaves third-in-line Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. Remember yesterday, when I said Republicans shouldn’t get their hopes up because he’s also a Democrat, but on the other hand, he’s also a Democrat, so who knows what might come out next?
Well, what came out is that within hours, he admitted to putting on blackface makeup and a wig at a college party in 1980 when he was 19, to perform a number by his favorite rapper, Kurtis Blow. Herring just resigned from the Democratic Attorneys General Association and is also under pressure to step down.
You can see why Virginia’s Democratic Party is being aptly described as a “dumpster fire.”
If all three step down, the fourth in the line of succession is the Speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox – a Republican, at last. If Virginians are lucky, maybe that’s where the buck will finally stop. It wouldn’t be the first time a Republican had to clean up a dumpster fire left by Democrats (Reagan, Giuliani, Trump…) Virginians could finally relax and be more careful the next time they vote for the top offices. Just remember to consider it a red flag when a politician tries to advance himself by calling his opponent a racist or sexist.
In the meantime, maybe something good will come of this dumpster fire if it gives a publicity boost to Kurtis Blow and sells some of his back catalogue of records. He’s now an ordained minister at a church in Harlem, so the royalties would probably go to good use.