3 cheers for Governor Northam on this Easter Monday! Making Election Day a holiday has been a priority of the progressive movement, and Democrats,...
I swear to God, I’d rather be lucky than good. Usually, I have to kick and scratch, fight and scream, to find something interesting to write to you guys about. But every once in a while, an egg comes crashing through the windshield and lands right in your lap, as if a golden goose were flying overhead. This is one of those rare times. If you’re a Virginian, especially a progressive Virginian, the political news for the last 6 months has been brutal. Story after story of rather serious indiscretions by statewide elected officials just keep spewing out, like a cat with a hair ball. Prominent have been stories concerning rather insensitive photo ops by the sitting Governor and Attorney General in their college days. So it’s like that soft, warm kiss of the first spring breeze of the year to finally be able to share a lighthearted political story from Virginia. And even more so when the protagonist of that story is someone that most people confuse for a 1960’s investment banker, or a department store mannequin, you know, a Republican. In this case, the Republican in question is Virginia state Senator William DeSteph. As a politician in Virginia, I’m sure that DeSteph is appalled and mortified at the knocks his profession has taken lately, so he has graciously stepped forward to help to rehabilitate the reputation of the states politicians. Bill DeSteph was not always a Senator. He cut his political baby teeth as a city councilman in Virginia Beach (actually one of my favorite “getaway” towns), and it’s there that our uplifting story originates. Back in 2008, while DeSteph was a city councilman, he had the opportunity to attend a gala to raise money for a childrens charity. The kicker was that the gala was actually a costume party. Being both civic minded as well as charitable, DeSteph jumped into that idea with both feet, coming up with a highly original costume. And keeping in mind that it was for a childrens charity, he of course chose a child friendly costume. *SIGH*…..Because nothing says moral superiority and sexual sensitivity quite like an 18” brass phallic symbol with the words “RUB ME!” emblazoned on it sticking out from your crotch. At 62, when I finally saw my beloved Cubbies win the World Series a couple of years ago, I honestly thought that I had finally seen it all, but fuck me! And the thing to remember here is that while Northam and Herring were caught wearing blackface back in their college days, when this picture was taken, DeSteph was already an elected official, with a public and political image to consider. And the best idea that he could come up with was to dress up the way Traitor Tot likes to brag he looks when he chases a pron star around a hotel room. My dream is that by doing my small part, this picture can go viral enough that Disney picks it up and runs with it. In my minds eye I see them making a childrens movie about it, where a dull, stodgy politician by day becomes a porn star genie by night. Maybe they can name it SLEAZZAM! But until that happens, just about the only thing I can think of to say to Bill DeSteph is, ain’t karma a […]
just remember one thing, the higher the road, the steeper the drop off at the edge of the shoulder. Everybody agrees, believing in God is a perfectly acceptable personal choice, but when do evangelicals become an insufferable pain in the ass? When they pull that “holier than thou” crap. Mike Pence is a perfect example, walking around so arrogant, so damn smug, that you’d swear that he has a sliver of the true cross encased in plastic hanging from a chain around his neck. I learned a hard lesson a few years ago, and being a rock headed Irishman, of course I had to learn it the hard way. It was the spring of 2016, and party primaries were kicking into gear all over the place. While you all know that I mainly worked the GOP primary side of the street, specifically the Presidential primary, I took keyboard in hand and did a candidate diary for the opponent of Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I don’t live in Florida, I live in Nevada. And I wasn’t a Bernie supporter either, but I was highly pissed that Wasserman Schultz had tried to put her finger on the scales for Hillary. I received several comments in the diary from Florida residents, politely, but firmly advising me to let actual constituents decide the issue, and keep my damn nose out of it. I haven’t done a primary candidate diary since. This is the problem that the national Democrats, especially the Presidential candidates are facing, and the tightrope that they have to walk in dealing with the Ralph Northam controversy in Virginia. The Democrats decided quite a while ago on a “zero tolerance” policy in dealing with Trump, a decision in which I totally agree. If you’re gonna talk-the-talk in regards to Trump’s misbehavior, you have to walk-the-walk with members of your own party, or risk being hypocrites. But remember, just because I believe in God doesn’t give me the right to dunk your head in a bucket of water to baptize and save your soul. National Security expert and MSNBC analyst Malcolm Nance summed the situation up rather bluntly on Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday night, when he said, “I wish all of those people out there that are expressing ;black outrage; all of the time would try checking with actual black people once in a while.” His point was that, while the rest of America, including large swaths of white America, was baying for Northam’s political blood, a poll showed that a clear majority of African Americans in Virginia wanted Northam to remain as Governor.And when you come right down to it, shouldn’t the black constituents of Virginia be the ones who ultimately get to decide just how offended they are with Northam’s behavior, and what to do about him? The Democrats have already made their decision about “zero tolerance,” and I agree with it. Now the next step has to be deciding how to implement it. For a national office, the parameters are different. The Democrats were able to call the Republicans late-to-the-party on Steve King because they took swift action on members like John Conyers, Anthony Weiner, and Al Franken. And in the House and Senate, they can take steps like removal from committee assignments to make their […]
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You’re fooling yourself if you don’t believe it…And you’re killing yourself if you don’t believe it Styx Same shit, different day. As far as I’m concerned, Ralph Northam fucked up, and now it’s time to get it over and done with. He lost the battle with his first videotaped statement on Friday night. Even someone as bone stupid as Donald Trump knows that you always deny the dirty deed first, and only when that fails to hold, do you start to rationalize it. Northam came right out and said, “Well, shit, ya got me,” and then turned around 24 hours later and said, “But the jokes on you, fools, that ain’t even me in the picture!” Right. Cigarette? Blindfold? And of course, the Hounds of the Bastardville, the media, are already out in full force, baying for blood. That’s fine, this is the kind of cut-and-dry stuff that they excel at. It’s like watching Babe Ruth bat in a T-Ball game. But they can’t even get this simple stuff right! Instead of simply pounding Northam like a veal cutlet, they’re already starting to make senseless, pointless comparisons. They’re talking about the great gulf between the Democrats demanding the summary expulsion of flawed humans like Ralph Northam, and all other racially insensitive offenders, with the tacit refusal of the Republicans to demand any kind of penalty for their own racists, such as Steve Scalise, Donald Trump and “Cantaloupe Calves” King. Oh fer Crissakes! As Baby Herman once screamed, “How many times do we have to do this damn scene Roger?!?” Can the mainstream media, and everybody else out there who thinks that this is a worthwhile t pursuit, finally get it through their heads that there is no viable comparison here! On this issue, more than any other, there is no compromise, and no middle ground. Both sides are playing to their base here, and both sides are on polar opposite sides of the equation. This issue strikes directly to the heart of each of the parties, and that is not going to change. The Democrats are not just plying to their base here, this issue is a core belief in their political philosophy. The Democrats have basically owned the civil rights issue, and black equality, ever since Bobby Kennedy made a phone call trying to spring Martin Luther King Jr. In demanding the swift removal of people like Northam, the Democrats are planting a flag, and they are claiming the moral justification in demanding it of others, since they are swift in cleaning their own house. They did the same thing with the sexual harassment issue. They are consistent with their message and their actions. The whole object of the comparisons is a wasted excuse to try to shame the Republicans on this issue. This is a complete waste of time. Not only are the Republicans unashamed of their stance on this issue, they revel in it, it is a major selling point to their base. They totally abandoned any reasonable stance on racial issues when Richard Nixon embarrassed the “Southern Strategy” with such relish. Let me ask you one simple question. If a degenerate, racist asshole killing an innocent 31 year old woman in Charlottesville with his car is not enough to make the Republicans throw up their arms in horror, does anybody really think […]
Virginia governor Ralph Northam scheduled a press conference for 10 AM Eastern on Saturday morning, but as that time came and went .. and went...
Elie Mystal, editor of Above The Law and clear thinker has something to say on Twitter about the Virginia Governor Ralph Northam sh*t storm that Northam’s few remaining apologists aren’t gonna like…. “So, my senior year of high school I moved to Indiana for my senior year. At the new school, seniors got their own parking spots and could paint it however they wished. In my randomly assigned spot, the previous senior had painted it with the Confederate flag. People didn’t notice this would be a problem until I showed up and then *everybody* noticed it would be a problem. It was quickly repainted. Not even by me. But by members of the football team which I had been practicing with a little bit over the summer. I tell this story now because I notice how the #RalphNortham conversation isn’t really focused on the harm he caused to his classmates in real time. There were black people in his school in 1984. And 1985, and 86 and so on. Imagine what they must have thought. Imagine, coming into medical school, excited and terrified at the same time, flipping thought last year’s yearbook that’s lying around somewhere, and coming across blackface bro and Klansman friend. Imagine not knowing which one of your classmates will be “the one” your year. Imagine literally never being able to show your OWN damn yearbook, from your successful time at MEDICAL SCHOOL, to your children because you don’t EVER want them to see the racism you went through. Northman never apologized to those classmates. He’s had 35 freaking years to do so. He didn’t go up to black people at the reunion and say “hey, maybe you saw our yearbook from that year? I’m sorry, deeply sorry, I ruined it for everybody.” It’s not a victim less crime. It’s not a politically incorrect foible. Northam hurt people, and didn’t apologize for it until he got caught and wanted to keep his job. He shouldn’t be able to get away with it.” Elie’s point is twofold. Even the students he went to school with in Indiana knew that the traitor flag, far from being a benign expression of their “heritage” was hurtful to a black team mate and not something that should be allowed to mar his experience of joining the team. Ralph Northam and the Eastern Virginia Medical School allowed symbols at least as, if not more, offensive and terrifying to be printed in their yearbook in 1984, twenty years after the Civil Rights Act was passed. Northam cannot be allowed to hold onto his seat. If necessary Democrats in the Virginia General Assembly should join with Republicans, also if necessary, to remove him from office. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………… To receive articles of mine not published elsewhere become a patron on Patreon. Please follow me on Twitter @durrati [cross-posted to PolitiZoom]
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