February 4, 2019

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s public self-immolation is going on for so long, it’s almost like the Hanukkah story of the small bottle of oil that miraculously kept burning for eight days and nights.  Only I can’t imagine anyone ever turning this into a holiday.

It also reminds me of the Mel Brooks movie “Blazing Saddles,” in that it started with a state governor doing something unconscionable, turned into a story of racism, brought in a guy in a KKK robe and an aborted dance number, and the story got goofier with each passing minute until it devolved into complete insanity.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a round-up of what happened prior to Northam's weekend press conference:

And then came Saturday’s press conference, which was the equivalent of the finale of “Blazing Saddles,” where the craziness went so over-the-top, it broke through the walls and spilled out into the parking lot.

While continuing to resist demands from all sides for his resignation, Northam (who, the day before, had admitted to being one of the students in either blackface or a KKK hood in his medical school yearbook photo) claimed he now believes he’s not in the photo.  He is considering using facial recognition software to see if that’s him.  Two points: first, I didn’t think anyone needed facial recognition software to tell them if the person in a photo was them.  Seems like you’d know that.  Second, I think the Nobel Prize should go to whoever was smart enough to invent software that could recognize a face through a KKK hood. 

Commentary continues below advertisement

But the wackiness didn’t stop there: remember, he’s “workin’ for Mel Brooks!”  He went on to deny being at the party where that photo was taken, but did admit to once attending a party where he darkened his face with makeup to impersonate Michael Jackson so he could perform the Moonwalk.  When a reporter asked if he could still do the Moonwalk, Northam appeared to be willing, until his wife stepped in and declared it “inappropriate circumstances.”  He should be thanking God every day for his wife. 

To be intellectually consistent and nonpartisan, I suppose I should defend his right to presumption of innocence if he denies the accusation, although it is harder when he already admitted it, then retracted his admission (sounds like he really did master the art of walking backwards like Michael Jackson.)  And whether he’s in it or not, students reportedly got to pick the photos that appeared on their yearbook pages, and that’s what he picked.  But wait: he also claims he doesn’t recall picking it.  Confused enough yet?

I also don’t like the current practice of destroying people for violating societal standards years before those standards were invented or when they were too young to know better – although you’d think medical school students in the 1980s would know even then that blackface and Klan robes weren’t, like, totally righteous, dude.  Gag me with a spoon. 

Commentary continues below advertisement

So what I’m going to do is set aside for now the issues of whether he was in those racist photos or is a hypocrite who accuses others of racism (see this link for more on that)…

The media can continue digging into those questions after he resigns over what he should have resigned for before those photos ever emerged: his horrific comments about babies born alive during an abortion (that they should be “kept comfortable” while the parents and doctors have a discussion about whether to get them medical care or murder them.  He didn’t put it that way, of course; I just replaced his gaseous euphemisms with something more accurate.)  

As Governor of Arkansas, the worst duty I had to perform was signing off on executions.  I didn’t want to overrule judges and juries who had sat through trials and carefully considered all the evidence.  But I also didn’t want to take the chance of allowing someone to be executed if there were any mitigating factors or exculpatory evidence that had gone overlooked. In every death penalty case, I read the case files and court records carefully, looking to see if there was any legitimate reason why the death penalty should not be imposed.  Taking a life, even of a convicted killer, is the ultimate punishment the state can impose.  That’s why it is applied only to those who have violated the sanctity of life themselves by taking the lives of others. 

The responsibility for protecting life doesn’t just apply to decisions about death penalty cases.  Governors have to make many decisions that can result in life-or-death consequences, from police and prison oversight to health care decisions.  Nobody should be entrusted with that high office who does not understand and appreciate the sanctity of human life and the heavy responsibility for protecting it that goes with the job.    

So for that reason – Northam’s shocking failure to grasp the most obvious examples of his duty to protect innocent life (abortion up through the moment of birth is wrong, and when a baby that has already been born under any circumstances is struggling to live, you get it medical care RIGHT NOW!) is more than reason enough to demand that he resign immediately. 

And again, to be intellectually consistent, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should also resign immediately.


Leave a Comment

Note: Fields marked with an * are required.

Your Information
Your Comment
BBML accepted!

Comments 1-25 of 46

  • Robert Burrell

    02/08/2019 11:05 AM

    Hi Gov. Huckabee , I am so concerned about all these climate change activist , some say its true some say its all hogwash . I personally think it just a cycle . They say the wildfire and drought is caused by it , maybe but did the climate change case the dust bowl in Kansas in the 30's and I am sure they probably had hurricanes back then also . I think we probably had some record lows last week in some places . I looked up the highest recorded temperature in Las Vegas and was surprised , it was 117 degrees on 7/24/1942 , 7/19/2005 , 6/30/2013 and 7/20/2017 . I guess it started even before I was born and I thought I was old . I hope Cortez builds her high speed railroad to the Philippines before I die , my wife and I would like to visit her brothers and sisters there before we all go on to greener pastures , We would of like to bring some of them over here but with a 30 waiting period they all would be dead from old age if nothing else gets them . We did bring one brother over in the 80's and that was suppose take 7 years and took 13 years . Do you think congress and the senate will ever do anything to protect our border and punish anyone who broke the law and evaded our country ? I don't understand why after all these years we still have a problem with this , why do these people think they have more rights than the people who do it legally ? God Bless you and Your Family and God Bless all the murdered babies in this country . One more question are there any statistics on how many people on welfare get abortions , I would think that number would be very low beings it is a source of income ,I know a person that worked fore the post office who quit and went on welfare making more money , that's in rural New York State .Thank you

  • rodney Burke

    02/05/2019 06:26 PM

    Dan Bongino asked the right question; "is this where we as a nation have come to?" Northam AND Cuomo are advocating criminal behavior. Cuomo seems to hold all life in the womb in absolute contempt. and "Make the baby comfortable"? as Northam said! My word! What decision? There IS no decision! These two are mentally ill. Either that or they are Satan's sons. Devoid of all moral values. Yep we have a problem and it is NOT just in Houston! Communists have this attitude and despicably evil people. Are these two guys Satanists? Should they be in jail? Is this the last days as Paul spoke about in ITim 4? The people of VA and NY need to wake UP! Too late for CA Dump them in the Pacific, well part of them. We have sick nation in lib places. If there was EVER a need for GITMO, it's now!

  • LUCY Schmidt

    02/05/2019 11:10 AM

    What bothers me more than the photo, is the fact that his remarks about killing the baby were secondary to him being a racist. The Democrats felt being a baby killer was nothing compared to the fact he was a racist!

  • Randall A. Robinson

    02/05/2019 07:11 AM

    There is a connection between KKK racism and abortion: Margaret Sanger, the racist eugenicist and founder of Planned Parenthood, who invited klansmen to her get-togethers to talk about how abortion would be a method of ridding society of “inferior” races.

  • Robert Page

    02/05/2019 03:24 AM

    I was glad when you got to the point about the sanctity of life, and the need to rid high offices of people like Northam, Andy Cuomo, etc. For that matter, every member of the NY legislature that supported their last bit of work should be gone. In NY and other states, we have a government not worth convening. They assault the innocent, the family, everything that is to be protected. They are in the business of destruction.

    This is what the political party behind slavery, jim crow laws, incarceration of Japanese-Americans, etc., ad nauseum has given us.

  • Tershia Lambrechts

    02/05/2019 02:08 AM

    What I find more shocking is that so many people, Democrats (aka Neo-Marxists) especially, are so indignant because of perceived racism by one of their own, but few seem bothered at all by murdering full term babies. ' Vengeance is mine', said the Lord.

  • James Wiest

    02/04/2019 09:26 PM

    Thanks for all you do Rev. Huckabee! Northam and Cuomo should both resign and leave the stage. I can forgive youthful indiscretions but then making up different stories after confessing is just pathetic. As a catholic I am dismayed that our church leaders are so ineffectual in condemning such vile behavior as displayed by both individuals and legislators (especially Gov. Cuomo, a supposed "catholic"). Our Deacon Ed Callahan did actually speak out against both individuals in his Sunday homily and I congratulated him on it. Again thank you!

  • Sharon Craft

    02/04/2019 07:25 PM

    I totally agree. My other concern is that everyone was quick to demand a recognition because all those years ago in college he may or may not have worn a costume in bad taste. I did not hear any of them requesting, let alone demanding his resignation for his total lack of compassion or care for human life. Where are the priorities???

  • Candy King

    02/04/2019 06:07 PM

    I heard someone say on the radio today that the picture was on HIS page, so most likely it was him or he approved of it. Hmmmm. Also, that the left was making a big deal out of the photo etc to keep off the topic that got him in hot water to begin with, the abortion issue!

  • Gary H Cook

    02/04/2019 05:39 PM

    Since appearing in blackface is so racist why has this picture of Hillary in blackface, with Bill, while at Yale not in all the news?

    I understand why the Fake media will not show it, but, if it is so bad for Northam it should be bad for Hillary

  • LouiseCA

    02/04/2019 04:54 PM

    The arrogance of this man is staggering. First, he's so anxious to brag about his medical background, he coldly describes infanticide like he's discussing a mouse in a trap! The backlash was immediate from people of decency. Which, sadly, apparently excludes leading democrats who amazingly, after a week of news coverage, denied on camera as having any idea what he had said. It was as if they had all put their heads together and determined that they had better do two things fast. 1. Deny having heard anything about his horrendous stance on abortion, since democrats were being labeled the Party of Infanticide in a Election Year. 2. Do something quick to get that story buried. Then, bam!, a day or two later, out come 35-year-old photos with his apparent latent racism on full display. Massive 24/7 coverage ensues, and both sides scream for him to step down. For once, both sides are on the right side, in their efforts to get this arrogant toad out of office. Pride goes before a fall and he hasn't got the sense to see that his sins have found him out and he would do well to look into selling used cars for a living. When you're too much of a jerk for even today's democrats to stomach your being in office, your political future is over.

  • Carol Clark

    02/04/2019 04:41 PM

    Mr. Northam needs to resign. I can see forgiveness if this was in H.S. but not in college as an adult.

  • Charles Wolfram

    02/04/2019 03:30 PM

    Well it got even crazier. The lieutenant governor was supposed to be the perfect replacement for Governor Northam. No problem in replacing a disgraced governor with an honorable honest lieutenant governor. Except we now find that the lieutenant governor---who, we should note, denies everything absolutely and categorically---now has an accusation of sexual assault made by a professor in California. Said to be credible. Remind you of anything---or anyone????

  • Charles Wolfram

    02/04/2019 03:30 PM

    Well it got even crazier. The lieutenant governor was supposed to be the perfect replacement for Governor Northam. No problem in replacing a disgraced governor with an honorable honest lieutenant governor. Except we now find that the lieutenant governor---who, we should note, denies everything absolutely and categorically---now has an accusation of sexual assault made by a professor in California. Said to be credible. Remind you of anything---or anyone????

  • Doreen Palmieri

    02/04/2019 03:29 PM

    I live in NYS. I am not welcome here because I believe in the Bill of Rights and Constitution. I am ashamed that Comrade Cuomo signed this bill into law. Stalin would be proud of Comrade Cuomo.

  • M.P. Carroll

    02/04/2019 03:04 PM

    Is it un-Christian of me to enjoy and laugh to myself as we sit and watch the liberal Democrats show their true colors (no pun intended).

  • Greta Lorworth

    02/04/2019 02:31 PM

    I love the sense of levity you bring to serious matters. I would say the entire Democratic fiasco is indeed "Blazing Saddles!!! Thank you for your wisdom and sense of humor????

  • Greta Lorworth

    02/04/2019 02:31 PM

    I love the sense of levity you bring to serious matters. I would say the entire Democratic fiasco is indeed "Blazing Saddles!!! Thank you for your wisdom and sense of humor????

  • Maria Hufty

    02/04/2019 02:04 PM

    Your comments are so amazingly on target, love reading your take on it, you stated my feelings to a "T"....and in your closing comments as to Gov. Cuomo, he most definitely should resign as well. I am an Italian immigrant (came here the legal way)that has been blessed to live in the US since 1958, he has just given all of us a black mark by holding up illegals. His latest law on the abortion is the number one reason to step down and his support of all the illegals should be the number 2 reason to step down. Let someone else represent NY that stands up for the American people. These elected officials are acting as if they are invincible, not so, they should be held accountable!

  • Cecilia Sotomayor

    02/04/2019 01:49 PM

    I am a PRican and consider the issue of painting face ridiculous BS PC. Al Jolson did that and sang beautiful songs. The KKK impersonation, the infanticide and the refusal to include the picture of the Lt Governor in the election mail outs denotes a pattern throughout his life that he is racist, does not value other people’s life as his own. The insolent political adds used to attack Gillespie and the responses to his present situation shows he also is dishonest and would hate to be replaced by the Lt Governor, a black man. He needs to be removed.

  • Becky Hughes

    02/04/2019 01:40 PM

    I agree. His abortion statements were way more damaging especially for a so called doctor.

  • Terry Stam

    02/04/2019 01:33 PM

    Agree whole-heartedly. I've always maintained that a politician who doesn't have the common sense and moral fortitude to protect the life of the unborn shouldn't ever be in a position to make other less obvious decisions. Thanks.

  • Ginger Lyons

    02/04/2019 01:32 PM

    Well said. I enjoyed the humorous movie reference. This article was another great read. I agree with everything you said. I question why we've not seen anyone, from all the human rights organizations, in an uproar about the abortion issue in New York or Virginia. Do babies not qualify for the human right to live? I also wonder how, in the future, will court rulings be applied if a drunk driver kills a pregnant woman and her unborn baby? Will that all change now? My next concern is where does it end? Will senior citizens be the next targeted group? Picking and choosing, by mankind, who lives and dies, based on if someone doesn't want to take care of them. Or if they have developed an informaility or concluded that they don't have a high quality of life anymore? Scary but it's the path being taken. Thank you also for the story and link to the preview of Unplanned. Looks like another great movie by that group. I'll close with something my preacher says all the time, "Folks better get right and live right if they want to be all right after their last breath."

  • Chris Lavers

    02/04/2019 01:27 PM

    I'm wondering why nary a person, including you, point out all the facts involved here.
    As is the case in every election, the left (demonKKKrats) paint their republican opponent as either a sexual predator or a racist. (with zero real evidence)
    And if the election results in a republican win, add'l votes for the demonKKKrat are produced from sack cloth to claim the win.
    Sometime later, the winning demonKKKrat is nearly always found to be exactly what they accused their opponent of being pre-election.
    But nary a person points out these facts.

  • Kenneth Nicholson

    02/04/2019 01:18 PM

    I do not think the Gov. Of Virginia should resign for a black face or kkk stunt in school. I don't agree with them, but they are as much free speech as kneeling for the national anthem, which I totally disagree with.
    On the other hand, anyone who passed laws to kill unborn babies is guilty of conspiracy to commit murder and should be locked up without parole for life!