Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) should not resign over a decades-old picture which may or may not show him in either a Klan hood or blackface. His bizarrely malleable explanations for the photograph notwithstanding, a picture of a guy doing something silly 35 years ago should not rise to resignation-level disgrace. If being an idiot for a few hours in your twenties should cost you your political reputation, then every capital city in the world ought to be virtual ghost towns. Hell, if being an idiot for a few hours in your twenties should cost you your political reputation, then Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be back to tending bar in the Bronx – forever.
I don’t recall what I was doing in 1984, but I’m pretty sure “silly” doesn’t cover at least a few of the incidents in which I was involved. And while none of my yearbooks feature me dressed as either a racist or racist stereotype, they do feature me dressed as me. Looking at some of those pictures, I wouldn’t vote for me unless I apologized to the photographers.
I don’t know that many people who don’t have some unfortunate image, video, or yearbook entry they’d like to stuff down the memory hole. I also don’t know that many people who don’t have a moment, incident, or anecdote they’d like to delete from the memory banks. And I can almost guarantee if having a perfect resume is the only way to score the big political gigs, the political bench is gonna get pretty empty, pretty fast.
To be honest, I can only think of one guy who didn’t stray from the path his entire life. We nailed Him to a tree. While I’m not equating Ralph “the Mouth” with the Savior – his recent endorsement of infanticide pretty much disqualifies him – I am saying that none of us are without sin. A stupid picture of Ralph Northam from 1984 is more indiscretion than sin, anyway. It’s not like the guy got hammered and posed shirtless with his Soviet buddies behind the Iron Curtain, or fabricated his Vietnam record, or raped a bunch of women and then watched his wife tear their lives apart like a rabid honeybadger. He’s not even being falsely accused of drinking too much beer and sexually assaulting multiple women.
Besides, Northam supports post-birth “abortion.” I don’t care what he looked like in 1984, I care what he sounds like now.