Virginia Governor's Racist Yearbook Photo

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  1. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

  2. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    There were protests at the capitol today. Yeah, people are really letting this blow over.
     
  3. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

  4. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Northam will use the allegations of sexual harassment against the Lieutenant Governor as justification for not resigning, he'll want to avoid the old "Constitutional Crisis".
     
  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

  6. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Virginia has a line of succession.
     
  7. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, every state government does, that doesn’t stop a politician from pulling out the tired old cliched lines/phrases.

    The media practically declared a “Constitutional Crisis” when it was revealed that President Trump has 2 scoops of ice cream, or when they didn’t approve of Melania’s choice of footwear.
     
  8. Phdtobe

    Phdtobe Well-Known Member

    It looks who outed the governor didn’t care too much about racism but was disappointed with the governor new stance on abortion as a medical doctor. It looks this theory is gaining steam, so there might be something to it.
     
  9. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    They called it a Constitutional crisis when he circumvented the approval process for a cabinet position.
     
  10. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    It was a far right website that has called Roger Stone a civil rights icon even though Roger Stone has a tattoo of Nixon, who has been recorded saying racist stuff. That website couldn't care less about racism. They wanted dirt, and they got it.
     
  11. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    Just to counter the Fox News silliness that is apparently going on, it is pretty much a leading headline on MSNBC and CNN that he has to resign.
     
  12. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    What if he was, at one point, an abject racist but "saw the light" and changed his ways? Should he still be disqualified for life from politics*? Or can the public forgive and move on? In this situation, it looks like he might not be an actual racial hate-filled person, but someone who once displayed callousness and insensitivity. Can he be forgiven for such, or is he tainted for life?

    *Unofficially, I mean. In the public opinion.
     
  13. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

  14. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    I can only speak for myself but, if he'd volunteered that information and apologized for it near the beginning of his campaign then I might forgive him.

    My parents were racist against blacks but didn't hate blacks so did not consider themselves racist. I assume that most racists would fall into this category. They are racist but don't believe that they are racist. This is probably a big part of the reason that doing any surveys on racism is so difficult.
     
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  15. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I have to say that when I hear someone apologize for this and that only after they've been caught doing this or that, then it comes across differently than someone who makes an effort to get out in front of the issues by bringing it up before it becomes public knowledge. It seems clear that he wouldn't even be thinking about apologizing if he hadn't been caught first. It makes the whole thing seem disingenuous.
     
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  16. heirophant

    heirophant Well-Known Member

    MSNBC doesn't seem to mention Gov. Northam in their headlines, either yesterday when I looked or today. Search for yourself.

    https://www.msnbc.com/

    There is a story about the Lt. Governor down the page, but it isn't the lead.

    The headlines lead with very hostile reporting of the acting AG's confirmation hearing, followed by Trump investigations, and Jeff Bezos for some unknown reason.

    CNN is just the same. No headlines about Northam, it leads with hostile reporting of the AG's confirmation hearing, filled out by no end of "Trump sux" stories. (And to think that CNN once had a reputation for objective, non-partisan and professional news reporting.)

    https://www.cnn.com/
     
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  17. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    Like (hypothetically) George Wallace, Robert Byrd, Jesse Helms, or Strom Thurmond? :rolleyes:
     
  18. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I have no idea who any of those people are.
     
  19. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Southern Democratic politicians
     
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  20. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

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