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All statewide officials in the Commonwealth of Virginia should resign if Democrats are held to their own standards.

Even if Gov. Ralph Northam didn’t appear in blackface in an image in his medical-school yearbook, he confessed to once darkening his face as part of a Michael Jackson costume.

Attorney General Mark Herring, who called Northam’s conduct indefensible, also used blackface once. Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault.

If ever wearing blackface — even in the 1980s, as both Northam and Herring did — is a career-ender, and if we are supposed to “believe all women,” then all three of these Democrats have to go.

Virginia is an indication of an inflamed and unforgiving Democratic mood that will define the party’s battle for the 2020 presidential nomination.

Democrats are about to embark on the first “woke” primary, a gantlet of political correctness that will routinely wring abject apologies out of candidates and find fault in even the most sure-footed. The passage of time will be no defense. Nor the best of intentions. Nor anything else.

Any lapses will be interpreted through the most hostile lens, made all the more brutal by the competition of a large field of candidates vying for the approval of a radicalized base. The Democrat nomination battle might as well be fought on the campus of Oberlin College and officiated by the director of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Being a progressive hero of long-standing doesn’t afford any protection. Consider Elizabeth Warren. She certainly deserves all the grief she gets for her laughable identification of herself over the years as an American Indian. But for the identity-politics left, her fault runs deeper.

After taking a DNA test to prove her (distant) Native American ancestry, she stood accused, in the words of a member of a tribe in South Dakota, of “privileging nonindigenous definitions of being indigenous.”

According to The New York Times, she had also tread “too far into the fraught area of racial science — a field that has, at times, been used to justify the subjugation of racial minorities and Native Americans.”

Yes, Warren stood exposed as implicitly in league with the oppressors of Native Americans — and here she had just wanted Donald Trump to stop calling her Pocahontas. Cherokee Nation activist Rebecca Nagle told CNN last week that Warren needed to apologize “to the tribes that she has harmed and to Native people broadly.”

Sure enough, she apologized, and presumably will keep on doing it as long as she’s running.

It’s a season of apologies.

When recently announced candidate Kirsten Gillibrand went on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” the MSNBC host hit her for having in the past used the term “illegal alien,” although it was standard and technically correct usage. Gillibrand allowed that she was embarrassed by her past positions on immigration.

In this environment, being a white male, particularly a white male not obsessed with gender and race, is a risk factor. This is a major vulnerability of Bernie Sanders’.

Segments of the left jumped on him last week for doing his own State of the Union response after the official reply by the African-American activist Stacey Abrams. Marc Lamont Hill called Sanders’ choice “racially tone-deaf.”

In every presidential campaign, candidates have to explain and backfill to get with the party’s latest program. What will make this process so much more intense for Democrats is the belief that even past mistakes involving the choice of words or symbolism are affirmatively injurious of other people. And that such mistakes represent deep sins to be repented of.

Even Kamala Harris, who calls racism, sexism and transphobia matters of “national security,” isn’t safe. She was once a prosecutor, after all. Reviewing her record, a New York Times op-ed writer said that “she needs to radically break with her past.”

Who doesn’t? No one will be woke enough to emerge from this process unscathed.

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Climatehoax

Who cares about the country, he//, I’m voting for AOC and quitting my job, my mom didn’t raise no dummy

oldhomey

That's what SHE thinks, Climate, but she is your mother. The rest of us aren't nearly so blind as to who you are and what your relative intelligence is.

Climatehoax

How mature of you to troll me but say nothing about how paying people if they choose not to work will affect the country. Come see the DemoRat clown show, on display nationwide!

oldhomey

Ahem. I guess I should acknowledge your remarkable maturity of thought, Climate, but your 9:43pm post that I responded to said absolutely nothing about "paying people if they choose not to work", so it would make me into a mind reader, a guess, if I had anything to say about that in my response. Is your maturity a sign of short-term memory loss on your part, by any chance? Oh, my! Excuse me. Is that trolling you?

johnnybragatti

climaxhoe ...you wanna bet?

Cassandra2

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax now faces serious charges, so far unsubstantiated, by two women, and has called for the allegations to be investigated. Donald Trump faces far more accusations and yet his apologists are silent.

Rick Czeczok

You never have to worry about that now, do you?????

johnnybragatti

dmoney and the climaxhopes , 2 geezers> the Lacrosse County answer to Laurel and Hardy.
Never accomplished much in life
and attempting to make up for it now.
Who knew?

DMoney

I don't know who Laurel and Hardy are. Who knew what?

capedcrusader

How old are you? 16?

oldhomey

I am guessing mid-30s to 40 years old, caped, but D has been oblivious to any human occurrence prior to 1990. Every important thing that has happened in the world has happened since then, in his incurious mind.

DMoney

Not quite. I'm more of a history need than a pop culture junkie. If I was 16 I'd have been born in 2003, pretty sure Laurel and Hardy weren't around then.

DMoney

Homey you are in the ballpark. You are the progressive liberal. You spend an awful lot of time looking backwards.

oldhomey

D, you state about me that I am "the progressive liberal. You spend an awful lot of time looking backwards." Is that another one of your busted attempts at a metaphor? It makes absolutely no sense. I would say it is accurate to call me a progressive, however, because I want to see the changes and tweaks that need to be done to improve the future of our country and world, and the futures of our children and our grandchildren. And, while looking out for the future, I also reference the past a good deal for lessons and directions that might inform us better on how to approach the future. So the two ideas certainly are not mutually exclusive.

Laurel and Hardy, by the way, are so far in the past that they no longer are icons of pop culture, they are historical artifacts. If you were actually a history nerd, you most certainly would know who Laurel and Hardy were.

awol2009

Neither the GOP or DNC is free of scandal. Rich Lowry finds some smoke with a few flames in Virginia and tries to fan some flames while his own GOP house is burning to the ground from DJtRump's whole "scorched earth" division continues. I'm a moderate Independent and see a brighter America with bipartisan unity after the demise of the old white males club that is slowly dyeing off. Richie should remember that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones......

oldhomey

I agree with you largely, awol, but there seems to be a significantly large young white males club that share the views of the old, too. You only have to read the comments of DMoney. In some ways the younger ones are even more dangerous, because they are operating in a total void of historical memory, as he proves continually.

DMoney

I'm white?

Cassandra2

Do you deny it, D-bag?

oldhomey

Well, Cassie, at least he didn't try to deny that his grasp of history is non-existent.

DMoney

No response for you

DMoney

Are we just going to ignore the prejudice?

oldhomey

That depends, D. Just exactly what prejudice are you speaking of?

DMoney

Your assumption of my race due to my political stance. I would have expected that from Cassandra but I held you in higher esteem. Mostly by default.

oldhomey

Ahem. D. I reviewed the exchange above and cannot find any reference by me in any way possible about your race. I DID note that you did not seem to dispute my opinion in my 5:46pm post that you seem to have a very weak grasp of American and world history. Was that prejudicial of me, or was that me making a determination from dozens of asinine comments on these boards?

Rick Czeczok

Should be interesting once they start chewing on each other. With all the socialist talk coming out of this camp it will be hard for anyone in the party to win.

Jobaba

So many willfully ignorant trump supporters claiming it doesn't matter what he did before he got in office. Different shoe, different foot?

A Veteran

jobba---So are you saying two wrongs by Trump make all this in VA, alright.I want the truth to come out on all this and all the the truth on accusations against Trump not political talking points.But it is hilarious to see you hypocrites try to cover all this up by bringing Trump into this !!!!!!

oldhomey

Ahem. A Veteran (of no known military organization), perhaps you will want to re-read Jobaba's 4:31pm post. He was not referring to Trump, he was talking about ignorant Trump supporters, and you appear to be a model member of their club.

Rick Czeczok

Tell us again about you, who made money on the Vietnam war, while others your age were dying. Draft dodging, coward. And you call Veteran out?

Cassandra2

Comrade Zerocock, when you talk about draft dodgers, you're referring to Trump, right?

A Veteran

old phony----we hear from another liberal LOON ------SQUIRMING. From the idiot AOC (your fellow socialist ) to a Governor who spent the last weeks before his election calling his opponent and the republican party racist you will have to blow a lot of hot air trying to get anybody who can think for themselves to believe you long winded DRIVEL .I did not vote for Trump nor do I defend him I just call out you lying liberal LOONS for your lies and BS you try to get us to believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oldhomey

Gosh, A Veteran (of no known military unit), how can anybody dispute somebody like you who has such a splendid command of the exclamation point. That should prove that you know what you're talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cassandra2

"Vet," you me TWENTY TWO wrongs by Trump. That's the number of women who have now accused him, not to mention the Epstein scandal where he is alleged to have engaged in human trafficking with underage girls.

Rick Czeczok

You sure have a fetish with the male anatomy with your name calling. Guess you're still wondering and hoping. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

A Veteran

cassy---Show me where I have once defended Trump on any of these unproven allegations ,all I ask for is truth,you know that word that liberal LOONS like yourself who can not even spell the word much less know what it means.Also show me where I brought up the problems Fairfax faces ,you are just another lying liberal hearing what you want to hear .You are another one that has been awful loose with the words of bigot and racist in the republican party and people now the problem is in your back yard .WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT THAT!!!!!

martian2

this all Lowry could find to write about along with other countless o-ed writers? Virginia officials and others will find their way out of this mess. Once in a while societies need to re-examine themselves, and consider what is appropriate and what is not. It something that wouldn't hurt the republicans to do too. society will be better for doing this and will move on.

A Veteran

martain----It is hilarious to watch you liberal LOONS trying to spin and try to get the country to ignore this race issue ---good luck ---meantime SQUIRM!!!!!!!!!

martian2

no one is spinning or ignoring a race issue A veteran. They are doing just the opposite. Its you right wingers who are against talking about racial issues, or anything that might impede your white privilege. I for one am thankful to live in a society where we can be talking and discussing how we should treat one another, or live with one another peacefully. Others like veteran just want to call names and think there is nothing to discuss. To periodically reset societal boundaries, to discuss proper etiquette, and learn how to appreciate all peoples is a symptom of a healthy and evolving populous. Despite those who look with scorn on such talks and want to hold on to their preconceived prejudices and red neck attitudes, we will come out of this a better people... well most of us anyway.

Rick Czeczok

Your the old Kingman who was kicked off this post. Please remove yourself as you don't count any more now then when you were kicked off for name calling, producing lies, and just being ignorant.

DMoney

Scroll up to where I was called white by a liberal who doesn't know me. When I questioned it, I was called a D Bag. Behold the glory of the progressive, forward thinking liberals.

martian2

well Dmoney, if you want an example of over the top name calling, just look at your pals ricky boy and veteran and hoaxer man. someone thinks you are white, so what. With the right wing opinions you express here and your defending Trump at every turn, it is reasonable to assume you are of white European ancestry. If not true than say so.

DMoney

Unbelievable. "So what?"...........

oldhomey

Oh, my gosh, D! Your outrage of the terrible injustice done here is palpable. I think.

DMoney

I'm white as the fresh fallen snow. That's not the point. It's the hypocrisy. I'll be watching for the PC police, and I will remind you of this. Can count on that.

oldhomey

Thanks for the warning, D. I am sitting on pins and needles, waiting for you to drop the axe on me.

DMoney

So you are officially not a member of the PC crowd? I can respect that. And I'll hold you accountable if you waffle.

oldhomey

Thanks for the double-duty warning D. Are white nationalists, the Klan and Donald Trump out of bounds by your rules, or can I safely criticize them?

Climatehoax

Gee that’s nice of you, moving on, now, remember that when a Republican does something racist, HYPOCRITES!

DMoney

I'm too busy working, producing, helping, raising, teaching, learning, doing. Let me know how the societal checking goes. Maybe people need to focus a lot more on them?

Rick Czeczok

Amen to that but to the socialist activist on this page the answer is the government will take care of everything. I just say "watch out what you ask for".

martian2

well ricky boy, that government is the answer socialists thingy you spout, perhaps you should tell foxconn and other corporations to stop depending on the gummit to help run their business. Perhaps highly profitable business should use their own money to expand their ventures, not the tax payers. You do that there ok ricky boy.

PhysicsIsFun

Please refuse your Social Security check and Medicare coverage. By my calculation you are 62. So you will soon be eligible. If you are so opposed to socialism I assume you will not accept those benefits. Put your money where your mouth is.

DMoney

Physics, what say did any of us have in social security? My generation is in serious jeopardy of not receiving the full benefit. The government would have to resort to "Oldhomey-an" measures of taxing your retirement income. He's cool with it, as I'm sure all retirees would be..........

oldhomey

Correction, in a way, D. Yes, I think it is fair to tax Social Security recipients who are making a relatively comfortable living -- like I am -- on their retirement benefits. That would not, of course, include low-income recipients, so there would be a threshhold that would have to be crossed before retirement income could be taxed. But you ignore perhaps an even more important money stream that also would have to be included in the rescue plan. The ceiling of income that can be taxed for Social Security among active workers would have to be removed, too. Currently, I believe SS can deduct payments on income only up to $128,000 annually. That would be erased, and all income beyond that would also be taxed for SS. It would assure that yes, you, when you retire in the distant future, would get SS. Then you would not bad mouth the system, would you?

DMoney

I'd prefer I kept more of my money, to invest privately. Tax people making 128,000 or more for a return their guaranteed to never see. So....theft? No, I couldn't accept that on moral grounds. I'd rather take the 80 of the 100% my government promised me before I was even born.

martian2

OH what am I to do! That "socialist" snow plow kept going by my house the last two days! Oh when will this tyranny end???? Help us ricky and Dmoney!

oldhomey

Thank you, martian, for a nice little chortle, particularly after reading how D is determined not to rescue his SS.

johnnybragatti

Things you don"t know the 1st thing about.

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