Virginia Democrats: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Let’s all welcome the Virginia Democrats to God’s little acre.  With new revelations coming out that the Old Dominion’s Attorney General Mark Herring wore blackface at a college party back in the 1980s, I think we can safely say they are east of the rock and west of the hard place.  Herring’s admission comes on the heels of Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam showing up in a medical school yearbook photograph in which he’s either the guy in the Klan getup, or the guy in the Al Jolson getup. 

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That Northam and Herring happen to be numbers one and three in the Virginia gubernatorial line of succession would put the Virginia Dems in a tough enough spot politically without the other scandal brewing in Richmond.  Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Justin Fairfax, is facing allegations that he sexually assaulted college professor and Democratic activist Vanessa Tyson during the 2004 Democratic National Convention. 

Fairfax is treading particularly hot water; his scandal was bad enough to break through a screen set up by the media.  The Washington Post knew about the allegations against Fairfax, but spiked the story, in a marked contrast to their handling of the allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  It took the bloodhounds at to clue Virginia voters in on Fairfax’s behavior.  And the new reports that he went on a profane tirade about Professor Tyson are just more gasoline for the fire.

To add insult to inappropriate touching, the clean-up hitter in the Virginia gubernatorial line of succession is Speaker of the House of Delegates Kirk Cox.  Cox is a Republican.  Considering how well the Democrats handle losing elections, they’re highly unlikely to waive the entire trio of Northam, Fairfax, and Herring.  That leaves the Virginia Democratic Party facing a choice between the alleged racists, or the alleged rapist.  They started 2019 in fat city, and now they’re headed for skid row.  But they’re already between the rock and the hard place.