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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Why Does Ralph Northam Deserve No Mercy? - Quillette

Upon the revelation of the photograph, the Governor issued a lengthy apology for the content of the page, which was published 35 years ago. He said he was “deeply sorry,” and called the costume “clearly racist and offensive.” He promised the people of Virginia that he would make amends: “I accept responsibility for my past actions and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust.”


So the good Governor can't dress up in blackface, which was risque in 1984, but he can unburden himself of his opinions on infanticide and only get us right wing nutcases upset. This is unbelievable. Even Brooks and Shields would not defend NY's unspeakable law on the News Hour. It was left to Judy Woodruff to kinda, sorta defend it, lamely. When you've lost those two, you've lost something, though not your legislative body, apparently.

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i often wonder what politicians mean when they say "I accept responsibility...". It never seems to involve any negative effects on their career. contrast that w/Japanese (at least past Japanese) CEO's taking responsibility for say, a big drop in corporate profits, and then resigning.

Posted by: yara | Feb 6, 2019 6:54:09 AM