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Is Northam finally going to bow to Democrat pressure to resign?

Is Northam finally going to bow to Democrat pressure to resign?

The NYT is speculating about impeachment, and when you’re a Dem and you’ve lost the NYT . . .

https://twitter.com/GovernorVA/status/1091510484468146176

If current Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D) thought his statement on Saturday would ease the pressure on him to resign, he was mistaken.

A growing number of Democrats are calling for the embattled governor to resign, and a last-minute Super Bowl Sunday urgent meeting between Northam and “top-level” staff, including Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, suggests that Northam may be planning to resign.


NPR reports:

Democratic leaders have continued to press Gov. Ralph Northam to step down over a racist photo published on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe appeared Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, and said resigning is “morally the right thing to do.” Northam was lieutenant governor under McAuliffe.

Virginia Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin told NBC’s Meet the Press, “I haven’t spoken to him since Friday, I believe. And at that time he was apologetic for having been in the photograph and that sort of thing. So, I was really surprised when the next day he comes out and says it’s not him.”

. . . .  On Sunday Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus told NPR’s Michel Martin for Weekend All Things Considered: “The governor has absolutely no credibility. One day he comes out and says, ‘I apologize for the photograph that I was in,’ and the next day, he goes, ‘Well, no actually, it wasn’t me, but I actually did do blackface that same year, but it was because I was imitating Michael Jackson, and I’m sure you see the difference between the two.’ No we don’t.”

Bass continued, “The way he has characterized 1984 … 1984 was an exciting year. Jesse Jackson was running for president. Nelson Mandela, we were hoping would be released. There was heightened racial consciousness, and for him to dare say, that during that year, during those times, blackface was common is just an outright lie. So I do not believe the governor has any credibility at all.”

Northam is also losing the support of other high profile Virginia Democrats, including the Democratic chair of the Legislative Black Caucus in Virginia.

NPR continues:

Democratic party leaders in Virginia told NPR they are also still grappling with the revelations about Northam. Lamont Bagby, the Democratic chair of the Legislative Black Caucus in Virginia, said the photo’s revelation was a “real gut check” because Northam was so well-regarded. “We absolutely love the man.”

Bagby said he is still in shock, and “reconciling the man that [Northam] was, and the man that he is today. I can’t imagine the man I know today participating in that.”

The photo “represents hate in the worst way,” Bagby said, adding it’s been “very painful, for many members of my caucus, that actually can recall being rushed from the home because of a threat from the Ku Klux Klan.”

Bagby said for members of the African-American community and many people in the commonwealth, “black face was never acceptable and it is not acceptable.”

Northam’s press conference “missed the mark,” Bagby said. He called the press conference an opportunity “for him to resign gracefully and we are disappointed that he didn’t do that.”

Other prominent Democrats are also calling for Northam’s resignation.

The New York Times is reporting that “Scholars and Virginia officials have been studying the State Constitution and its provisions to oust a sitting governor.”

Virginia’s Constitution allows the impeachments of governors for “offending against the Commonwealth by malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty or other high crime or misdemeanor.” If Mr. Northam chooses to remain in office and legislators ultimately seek his impeachment, the House of Delegates would be the first legislative chamber to consider the matter. The Senate would conduct any subsequent trial and determine whether Mr. Northam kept power.

. . . .  The Virginia Constitution also offers a second, equally disruptive mechanism that is similar to the United States Constitution’s 25th Amendment. In Virginia, a triumvirate of officials — the attorney general, the speaker of the House of Delegates and the president pro tempore of the Senate — may conclude that a governor is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” In such an instance, which can also be prompted by a majority of the Legislature, the lieutenant governor becomes the acting governor.

A governor may contest such a move by the state officials or the Legislature and seek reinstatement, setting up a more formal review process by the General Assembly.

It’s not clear from the NYT report who these “Virginia officials” are who are purportedly exploring removing Northam from office, but they do note that former Virginia governor Terry “McAuliffe said he did not anticipate there would be any proceedings like impeachment.”

“I know Ralph very well,” he said. “It will not come to that. And if Ralph is watching this today, I know how much he loves this Commonwealth of Virginia, and you’ve got to make the right decision. You’ve got to make the right moral decision.”

Vox has compiled a handy list of all those who have thus far called for Northam’s resignation.  It’s long, and as Vox notes, growing.

It’s difficult to see how he continues in office . . . or how he can gracefully resign at this point.

It seems, however, that he is deeply concerned, perhaps even contemplating bowing to the inevitable in the very near future.

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Wait, this walking embarrassment should resign but impeachment? Where is there malfeasance in office? Malfeasance in life maybe but in office? On the other hand, countenancing infanticide when one is the governor should raise some questions, but I suspect the NY Times sees no issue there.

    johnny dollar in reply to AJR. | February 3, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    That is truly the most amazing thing about this entire controversy. His offhand endorsement of what can only be termed infanticide caused him virtually no problems from the Democrat party.
    The real problem was blackface in a yearbook photo, 30 years ago.
    This is grounds for impeachment?
    These people are truly crazy.

      DDsModernLife in reply to johnny dollar. | February 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      I logged-in just so I could amplify your comment and it’s been my position all along: you can advocate killing babies all day long but one night in blackface makeup – Oh! That’s over the line?!?

      These people are crazy.

      Actually, Northam IS being punished for his comments and letting the infanticide cat out of the bag AS A DOCTOR, not just a governor. Planned Parenthood CANNOT allow the medical truth to be out there–Northam is a terrible liability for abortion supporters while he stays in office.

      So, miraculously, the PHOTO shows up. A photo, by the way, that his RINO opponent for the governorship never saw. Someone had that photo: it’s being used to take the truth-teller out and preserve the idea that abortion is not about killing a baby during or after birth.

      Once Northam is just a racist, his remarks about “post-birth abortion” can be negated as just the mutterings of a racist.

No pun intended, I’m sure.

He could be negotiating terms.

CNN black host says some of their best friends were racists.

Voice_of_Reason | February 3, 2019 at 8:14 pm

democrat logic: murdering newborn babies is AOK, but decades-old blackface is just unforgivable.

don’t see young men drinking beer and being dumb as anything outside of normal.
OTOH…
Baby killers…
This is beyond awful.

The photo “represents hate in the worst way,” Bagby said.

Huh? This isn’t even hyperbole, this is outright hysteria.

Of course the D’rats are all about hysteria, and it’s their Party, they can make it about whatever they want. Even racism, sexism, socialism, or—best of all—infanticide. I don’t have to vote for them no matter how many brownshirts they put in the street.

Governor Northam admitted that might be him wearing black face in the photo but, “All those people look alike to me.”

Does anyone think that if the LT Governor were a Republican, they would be so willing to throw him under the bus, or just handwave it with a “stupid college kid” excuse?

    Edward in reply to jeffweimer. | February 4, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I’ve read that Northam is a pussycat compared to Fairfax. Ww apparently would do well to try and keep Northam in office.

Justin Fairfax is the real leftist. They want Northam to resign so they can turn Virginia into California.

Colonel Travis | February 3, 2019 at 8:49 pm

The Va. lieutenant governor is black. Please someone have a photo of him dressed like Justin Bieber. The farce that is the (D) party is not farcical enough.

Impeachment would set a terrible precedent. This political predicament over an offense that occurred many years before taking office is not what impeachment has ever been intended to handle – which is to deal with egregious behavior while in office.

    They can’t impeach him over this; the point is the insane pressure to get him to resign. Dems want him out for many good reasons (and some not so good reasons), and no one loves to threaten impeachment more than Dems. The point, though, is not impeachment, it’s amping up the pressure. He’s gone, even if he doesn’t know it yet.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 3, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      If he is as tenacious as Trump, he may not be gone. That might be quite entertaining to watch.

      DDsModernLife in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 3, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      Ralph Northam has already disowned the image from his Med School year book in two mutually exclusive ways: 1.) he’s sorry for the racist image and, 2.) it wasn’t him.

      By the time a person runs for office, their ego is already outsized. Add to his overblown ego the complete lack of moral compass (as evidenced by his position on “post-birth abortion”) and it should be evident – he will NOT resign.

        I hear you, DDs, but I do think he will resign. The list of Dems demanding it makes any political life untenable. Is there even one Democrat in Virginia standing by him? One Democrat anywhere? He’s toast.

          DDsModernLife in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 3, 2019 at 9:42 pm

          To any rational person his position on abortion untenable!

          And the national Democrats who are now “virtue signaling” about his goofy yearbook photo mean nothing. I’ll bet you dollars to doughnuts he will stay in office.

          You might be right, but I don’t see the Dems giving up their race card for this clown. And that’s what’s at stake here, after all, how can Dems effectively claim that supposedly RAAACIST Republicans can be forced from office if they don’t do it to their own? My money’s on the Dem’s priority being to keep the race card as their ace in the hole, and if Northam is the martyr for that cause, they’re happy to pay that price (they paid the #MeToo martyr card price with Al Franken’s scalp, so why wouldn’t they do the same thing here when the stakes are so much higher?).

          Last I heard both Democrat Senators from Virginia were standing by him and had refused to call for him to step down after the pictures came out.

          Of course life comes at you fast, they probably flip flopped since then.

      alaskabob in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 3, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      The gov is toast as you predict. They can afford to make him an unperson to appease their most loyal base. There is no downside. As time goes by the Dems take on more of the persona of the hard core communists…especially Soviet and Chinese. All that is needed is the classic public repentance before execution. Over at PJMedia is the story of a Black leftist who couldn’t differentiate dirty coal miners fresh from the mine from “blackface” whites. We are so far past “1984” even Orwell would be stunned.

      Actually, they can impeach him because they don’t like him.
      Article IV. Legislature
      Section 17. Impeachment
      The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, judges, members of the State Corporation Commission, and all officers appointed by the Governor or elected by the General Assembly, offending against the Commonwealth by malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty, or other high crime or misdemeanor may be impeached by the House of Delegates and prosecuted before the Senate, which shall have the sole power to try impeachments.

      “Malfeasance in office” could be defined as embarrassing the state by continued service. Impeachment is a political process- not a legal process. But- according to Ballotpedia- the VA state senate is 21 R 19 D. Do you really think the Republicans are going to stop him as a favor to the Democrats? That would be supremely silly. Republicans also control the House of Delegates. Democrats elected a racist governor- and they’re going to have to live with it unless he decides to step down.

        Dude, this is about an ancient photo that shouldn’t matter in a sane world. There is no way he gets impeached over this, and he probably knows it. He’s gone not because of actual wrong-doing but because of the SJW rules established by his own party (and heartily endorsed by him on numerous occasions when he called Gillespie’s weak defense of national borders “racist”). He’s gone because the left loses its best weapon against us if he stays: the race card would officially be retired. They can’t have that. They are built on race-hate, race-baiting, and racism. He’s gone because they can’t lose the only thing that keeps them even remotely viable.

          “He’s gone because the left loses its best weapon against us if he stays:”

          I don’t know if the commie stays or goes, but if he stays the communist party will not stop playing the race card for one second.

          Oh, I agree. In a sane world, it wouldn’t even come up. And- it isn’t going to happen because Republicans WANT Democrats to be saddled with him.

          We apparently gave up living in a sane world the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November 2016. Trump is the cause, but not the reason. Democrats/deep state are the reason.

          stevewhitemd in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 4, 2019 at 7:30 am

          The driving issue here is not just the race card, though I agree with Fuzzy. It’s also about Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Dems embarrassed themselves silly in the hearing last fall by claiming that an alleged incident of rape (or was it groping, or clumsy sexual byplay) that occurred (somewhere in Maryland, we think) while Mr. Kavanaugh was in high school (or was it college) 30 years (approximately, we’re not sure) ago disqualified him from serving on the court today.

          You can’t make that big of a stink about someone’s early years and then four months later say, in the case of Gov. Northam, that something that happened 30 years ago actually doesn’t matter after all. Especially since, in his case, we have something that no one ever produced in Mr. Kavanaugh’s hearing — a photograph. Those dots are sufficiently close together that the average person will connect them.

          No, the Governor is gone. Virginia’s lieutenant governor is no prize, either, and is even more strident on late-term abortion. But that’s what the voters of Virginia said they wanted, and they’re going to get it, good and hard.

          Excellent points, Steve. The prof did a great job of covering this angle, and I absolutely agree that it’s key. I just think for Dems, who are increasingly being caught up in race hate and anti-Semitism, that the idea of losing or, with a nod to Barry’s point, weakening their hand is untenable. Of course, the recent resurfacing of the #MeToo allegation against the LG makes Northam’s resignation a bit muddier, though.

          Either way, the discussion on infanticide will certainly resurface; that’s not going away.

        Colonel Travis in reply to gospace. | February 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

        “Malfeasance in office” could be defined as embarrassing the state by continued service.

        No it won’t. That is a term with a centuries-long legal history and I can’t imagine it being applied to anything but actual wrongdoings while in office. Also, what he did wasn’t even illegal.

        I believe Rod Blagojevich was the last gov. impeached and removed. Guy is in jail now for a little more than wearing an dumb costume.

        There is another part of the Va. constitution that says state officers and/or the general assembly can declare the governor unable to discharge the powers of his office, or some such thing. Even going that route is up in the air.

The original press release stated that an urgent last-minute Super Bowl Sunday meeting between Northam and “top-level” staff was being called.

A revised press release issued a correction, “The Governor clarified that the meeting was only an extemporaneously arranged Klan Rally.”

JusticeDelivered | February 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

I think that blackface is just an excuse to replace Northam with a black, and that the attempt is racist in nature.

I am wondering if Northam might ditch the Democratic party over this? Maybe he will become a fan, promoting Trump?

I love the fruits of promoting PC BS.

    Wow. That’s .. . um, interesting. First, this was not a plot to install a black governor, and second, how would that even work? I am a fan of tinfoil hats, and even have a few for various occasions, but let’s not give the “unexpectedly” Democrats that much credit. They planned for Northam to beat Gillespie so they could pull Northam and crown Fairfax governor of Virginia? Come on, that’s not even in the tinfoil hat realm of believablity. They are unhappy with the results because this is a big smirch on Dems and their party, and they know it. They know the history of the Democrat party, and the last thing they need is a KKK-hood=wearing “coonman” spotting them. He has to go, and if his LG were a white male, Northam would still have to go.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 3, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      “He has to go, and if his LG were a white male, Northam would still have to go.”

      This is exactly it. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that this is not about loss of party power but one individual’s obstinance. All of this holding on and the Lt Gov is a member of the same party with very, very similar political ideals.

      MajorWood in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 4, 2019 at 10:32 am

      That is exactly what they did to Kitzhaber. They ran him beacuse he could win, and then they removed him via his nutty girlfriend who was peddling influence right and left (I seriously think that she thought she was the next Hillarity, c 1992)

      https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/06/feds_decision_to_drop_case_aga.html

      Dems knew all about it and used it to replace him with certified communist Kate Brown.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | February 4, 2019 at 9:55 pm

      Fuzzy Slippers, I like you style, but you have misinterpreted what I was saying. Clearly, the main thrust of the attack on Northam was over blackface, something which I see as meritless.

      When I looked at predominately black forums, there were plenty of people there who saw this as a way to place the black LG in the seat. For them, this was an opportunity to promote a black who probably could not have been elected on his own into a position of power. Their actions are racist, that does not mean that everyone who wants to displace Northam is racist.

      In an event, I am sick of PC politics, and equally sick of endless claims of racism by people who are every bit as racist as the KKK, especially the really nasty kind, and I think it is wrong to encourage either.

        Ah, got it! I thought you had gone off the tinfoil hat rails there for a sec, my friend. My bad.

        PC politics won’t end until we drive it into the ground like we care. It’s Alinsky 101; make them live by their own rules. The idea is that they’ll change their rules when they have to live by them. And Dems will. #MeToo has been a bust (it was intended to bring down President Trump, not Al Franken and assorted lefties), and now, the “hey, anything anyone did a zillion years ago should be held to today’s incredibly crazy standards” is a bust. This does not make me unhappy.

    healthguyfsu in reply to JusticeDelivered. | February 3, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    You should sit for a bit and meditate.

    And what makes you think Trump would want to associate with Northam?

      JusticeDelivered in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 4, 2019 at 10:01 pm

      I am not suggesting that Trumps would have any interest in Northam, what I was suggesting is that Northam might be so disgusted with Democrats that he might as an individual promote Trump to extract retribution.

      I find that entertaining.

This political lynch mob is just surreal. Who among us didn’t do stupid stuff when we were in college?

    Sanddog in reply to snopercod. | February 3, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Raising my hand….

    Not only did I not do anything even remotely that stupid in College, I can also say I didn’t do anything even remotely that stupid in the Navy.. and we did a lot of stupid shit in the Navy.

    tom_swift in reply to snopercod. | February 3, 2019 at 11:47 pm

    The only times I approached anything that stupid, there were women involved. And maybe explosives. But definitely women.

    I don’t see that Northam has that excuse in this case.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to tom_swift. | February 4, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      Same for me. Starting in elementary school I became very interested in science. First bugs and plants, then geology, then electricity, chemistry, especially things which went bang, by early high school it was physics.

      In high school there was a boy who liked to knock down mailboxes, and my father considered it my job to fix it. Being a teen I took a dim view of digging post holes.

      The second time I had to replace a post I went out looking for his mailbox. I found a mailbox made out of a length of 6″ 1/4″ wall steel tubing which was welded to a piece of I beam as a post.

      That was a challenge which I applied my considerable knowledge of chemistry.

      That mailbox had an accident which led to very little of it left.

      It was incredibly stupid on my part. Fortunately no one was hurt.

      Somewhat later, that boys engine sucked in about a dozen BBs, and we never had any mailbox problems afterword.

      I would add that in the two years before he lost his wheels, he had damaged hundreds of people’s mailboxes. That was his favorite weekend activity.

    MajorWood in reply to snopercod. | February 4, 2019 at 10:36 am

    My go-to costume in the early 80’s was as reggae artist with dark sunglasses, blackface, and a dyed mophead for dreadlocks.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to MajorWood. | February 4, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      I was talking to my 90 year father about this, he said it was very common for whites to make blackface part of costumes. And it had nothing to do with race.

Thus sure distracts from Governor/Dr. Pediatrician happy to kill Infants in the delivery room. Reminds me of Dr. Gosnell saying about one large baby hi e killed, that he was “big enough to walk me to the bus stop.“

I still want to see the Governor git’n down wit’his bad’sef while be moon dancin’

Git On Ya’ Good Foot!

So Northam was putting on black face to look like Michael Jackson at the same time that Michael Jackson was doing everything he could to look white.

This has become a clash of Stalin-sized egos:

National Democrats: “How DARE you disobey us?!”
Northam: “How DARE you tell me what to do?!”

If Northam lasts the next few days, this will all blow over like it never existed. The gripping hand is that Northam and the rest of the Democrats are racist genocidal maniacs working for the same goals: the triumph of communism and the crushing of all opposition. That is why he will never be impeached.

Humphrey's Executor | February 4, 2019 at 12:10 am

The purge of old people has begun.

REALLY want to see him moonwalk.

It’s funny to watch the leftists eat their own. They demand an impossible level of ideological purity stretching all the way back to childhood. They threw Al Franken under the bus because he did silly things when he was a professional comic. They interrogated Kavanaugh about his teenage drinking and fart jokes. They have no allowance for people growing and maturing, and no loyalty to their own allies.

Northam should tell the other Dems to grow up, that he’s not about to resign for a violation of political correctness over 30 years ago. But that’s not the Democrat way. I suspect he’ll fall on his sword like Franken did. Sooner or later, it seems Dems would get tired of throwing each other to the mobs. I’m glad that Trump made it clear with Kavanaugh that the Republicans aren’t going to sacrifice each other to satisfy the PC police.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | February 4, 2019 at 7:29 am

At the time the photo was published, around 1984, former long time Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd was the U.S. Senate Minority Leader, the highest ranking position in the Senate for the minority party.

A few years after the photo was published, around ’87-’89, former Ku Klux Klansman Robert Byrd held the highest ranking position in the Senate as Senate Majority Leader.

Byrd, literally, donned the Klan’s regalia to terrorize black Americans and he ran the Senate as the Senate Majority Leader. This guy posed for a goofy parody pic.

How ripe is the republic for takeover when a politician can get impeached for a Halloween costume?

DINORightMarie | February 4, 2019 at 7:58 am

He is out. I thought it would be Saturday – that cockamamie story he and his buddies cooked up was a curve ball I didn’t see (no one saw it, I think). But, that just delayed the inevitable.

He can’t stand in office with all these Democrats against him.

When (CROOK!) Terry McAuliffe said on the Sunday show yesterday that he WILL resign, that was the clear message: you are out, dude.

The Lt. Gov won’t be better…….but Northam’s career is over.

Pray for us in VA – they will now have the “if you disagree with or oppose me you are a raaaaacist” card they can throw on down to force through all of these evil policies and changes being pushed, like full-term and post-term abortion.

The problem was not one of whether he was involved in the picture or not,that he was in favor of state sanctioned Murder,that is the crime,no matter the race of the victim.

agree that a photo form 30-plus years ago is a minor issue–that a physician, let alone a pediatrician, could even remotely appear to endorse state-sanctioned murder is beyond the pale–do not see any way that a doctor could reconcile that position with his/her oath, personal ethics–regardless of his party affiliation, the sanctioning/abetting of what amounts to murder of innocent human beings is not something to be tolerated/supported in ANY free society

I guess going to have to go back to killing babies with his own hands!

Keep fighting, Governor. Whether or not it’s the right thing to do isn’t the point any more. Publicly making the Dems continue to look bad is. So kudos for that, at least.

PersonofInterests | February 4, 2019 at 10:20 am

We must not forget the Clinton connection to Northam. It was the Clintons’ best money bundler and former Virginia Governor, Terry McAwful, who picked Northam to succeed him.

And never forget that this Northam Fiasco was created by the Socialist/Communist Media Complex of Alphabet Networks and Tabloid Presstitutes that only days before had most of their focus on The Wall and Border Security.

While Dementia Nancy and her Circus of Crazies are giving themselves High 5s for winning a battle for their Unionized Federal Workers, they haven’t won the war as we shall see after Feb. 15th when the 3 week reprieve expires.

The one item that may have turned the battle for them was the Unionized Air Traffic Control Members making statements to the various faithful Socialist Media Complex outlets about eroding Air Safety. Seeing that the Demtards have no problem killing babies, the President correctly decided that they’d just as likely have no problem letting a plane or two go down to support their narratives and agenda.

Be careful what you wish for. The Lt Gov would probably be far worse. The fact that Dems and Republicans both want him gone, albeit for different reasons, should be a warning to us all. I hope he hangs tough so the Dems have to defend his infanticide statement.

It’s nice to see them kneecap one of their own, but why? There are evidently powers in the Democrat establishment that want Northam gone, or this wouldn’t be happening. Even they aren’t so stupid as to believe this racist BS, or care if he was racist.

Northams gone because Dems cannot tolerate any negativity criticism of blacks, Fairfax becomes a more radical version of Barry meaning gillum as gov. Thus leading contender for dem prez nominee.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 4, 2019 at 10:46 am
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